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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

Aug/Sept 

Anxiety can be anywhere from mild to debilitating and everyone has it from time to time.  In this section we look at easy meditation techniques to develop and maintain our inner peace, the antidote to anxiety and the source of real happiness.

Aug. 21 – Letting Go of Anxiety

Aug. 28 – Mind Over Matter

Sept. 11 – Living Lightly

Sept. 25 – A Blissful Journey

 

October 

Anger in all its forms is a massive interference with our mental balance or equilibrium. In this section we look at how to break the habits of a lifetime and remain calm, cool, and collected in the face of provocative situations.

Oct. 2 – Experience Release

Oct. 9 – The Beauty of Patience

Oct. 23 – Mindful Living

Oct. 30 – Patience with Wisdom

 

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

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 obligation 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 alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q) Will I be asked to speak in front of a group?

A) No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q) Do I need to book in advance?

A) For weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can come along whenever you can, and start whenever you like.

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. However, the funds we receive are used to maintain the Temple in good working order – any surplus is donated to the charity International Temples Project.