NIAGARA FALLS

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

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An Introduction to Buddhism

Based on the book, The New Meditation Handbook, these classes present the step-by-step series of meditations, known traditionally as Lamrim, or the “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment”. Arranged in the sequence in which they are to be realized, these meditations guide the practitioner along the path by developing their inner peace, compassion and wisdom.

Although each class is self-contained, the on-going series is designed for those wishing to develop a qualified daily meditation practice and to gain heart-felt experience of these instructions.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

Opening our Hearts to Others

Cultivating connection through developing a warm heart and letting go of our self-centred perspective.

Nov 5 – Recognizing All Living Beings Are Our Mother

Nov 12 – Remembering the Kindness of Mother Living Beings

Nov 19 – Equalizing Self & Other

Training in Love

Scientific methods for solving our problems by deepening and extending our love for others.

Dec 3 – The Disadvantages of Self-Cherishing

Dec 10 – The Advantages of Cherishing Others

Dec 17 – Exchanging Self with Others

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 Heather Jo will give a teaching on one of the meditations on the stages of the path to enlightenment, also known as Lamrim. The class will conclude with a 20 minute guided meditation on this topic.

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  • Concluding Meditation

    By practising the meditation at home for 5-10 minutes each day and by integrating the instructions into everyday life, this class can serve as the basis for developing a qualified daily practice of Kadampa Buddhism.

FAQS

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Q) Do I have to be Buddhist to attend?

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 to have 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.