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Suitable for everyone, these walk-in classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.

How to Transform Your Life

Based on the book How to Transform Your Life, this series of classes will provide clear and practical methods for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights. The step-by-step instructions will enable us to find greater happiness and fulfilment in our busy daily lives by developing stable minds of patience, empathy and compassion.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

November 

When our mind is free from negative thoughts and attitudes life is joyful and uplifting.  This month we will explore how to keep a peaceful, pure mind even when surrounded by the challenges of our modern world.

Nov. 6 –  Pure mind, Pure world

Nov. 20 – Abandoning Negativity

Nov. 27 – Embracing Impermanence

 

December 

The mind itself is the source of our peace and happiness and also our worries and problems.  By understanding more about how our own mind works, we can begin to gain control over our life and prepare for the year ahead.

Dec. 4 – Clarity of the Mind

Dec. 11 – Purity of the Mind

Dec. 18 – How to be Content

Holiday Break!

We will be taking a break for the holidays from December 26 through January 15, returning for our first class of 2019 on January 22.

January

Jan. 22 – TBA

Jan. 29 – TBA

 

February 

Feb. 5 – TBA

Feb. 19 – TBA

Feb. 26 – TBA

 

March

Mar. 5 – TBA

Mar. 12 – TBA

Mar. 19 – TBA

 

April

Apr. 2 – TBA

Apr. 9 – TBA

Apr. 16 – TBA

Apr. 23 – TBA

Apr. 30 – TBA

 

CLASS FORMAT

What to expect at a class
  • Guided Meditation

    Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace.

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  • Teaching

    Kadampa Teacher Sandra Lewis will then give a practical teaching based on the topic of the class series and explain how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

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  • Concluding Meditation

    The class concludes with a guided meditation to help us mix our mind with the teaching and take it to heart. There is also an opportunity to ask questions.

FAQS

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Q) Do I have to be Buddhist?

A) No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious commitment is required.

Q) Do I need any experience?

A) No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up.

Q) How should I dress?

A) No special clothing is required, come as you are.

Q) Is there any physical exercise involved?

A) No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings, and everyone sits in chairs.

Q) Do I need to book in advance?

A) No, in fact there is no pre-booking. Everyone just drops in when they have a free evening. Each class is self-contained so you can come along whenever it suits you.

Q) Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

A) No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Q) Why do you charge for classes?

A) We are a registered charity (Charity # 861356970 RR0001) run entirely by volunteers, no-one receives a salary. The funds we raise go to pay for the rental of the room at Assembly Hall and the cost of occasional publicity.