These Wednesday Morning Classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings. They are suitable for everyone.
Time: Wednesdays 11:00am – 12:30pm
Cost: $12 per class (free for KMCC members)
Where: Live-streamed from Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada
About the Classes
This month we will be teaching from the book How to Solve Our Human Problems by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Monthly topic: Anger
This month we will learn how to overcome our anger, based on Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, the famous poem by the great Buddhist Master Shantideva. Though composed over a thousand years ago, this is one of the clearest and most powerful explanations of the subject ever written, and is just as relevant today as it was then.
‘There is no evil greater than anger,
And no virtue greater than patience.’
Our goal this month is to become very familiar with the vast practice of patience, which is far from our current ideas of just managing difficult or trying situations. When properly understood and practised, this kind of patience will liberate our mind from one of its most obsessive delusions and bring great peace and joy.
November 4 The faults of anger
In his book, How to Solve Our Human Problems, Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says, “There is nothing more destructive than anger. It destroys our peace and happiness in this life, and impels us to engage in negative actions that lead to untold suffering in future lives.” Today we will look more closely at how anger hurts us.
Meditation: Identifying the faults of anger within our own mind
November 11 Why we get angry
Shantideva says in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life:
“If something can be remedied,
Why be unhappy about it?
And if there is no remedy for it,
There is still no point in being unhappy.”
We can all understand this. So why do we get angry? This week we explore Buddha’s startling explanation for why we get angry, even when it makes us desperately unhappy and creates so many problems in our lives.
Meditation: The practice of patient acceptance
November 18 Learning to accept difficult situations
There are three kinds of situation in which we need to learn to be patient. Correspondingly, there are three types of patience. These three types of patience do not come easily, and may seem somewhat strange when we first read about them. This week and next week we will look at these three kinds of situation and understand the specific and powerful methods that Buddha gave us for dealing with them.
Meditation: Overcoming our need to escape painful feelings
November 25 The patience of not retaliating
This month we have discussed the many visible and invisible faults of anger, but how can we stop wanting to retaliate when someone harms us or our loved ones? The best way to overcome our instinctive desire to retaliate is to combine patient acceptance with compassion.
Meditation: combining patient acceptance with compassion
These classes are only available to people living in the Greater Toronto Area. Not living in the GTA? Click here to find a live-streaming class near you. Booking closes one hour before class begins.