RICHMOND HILL

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

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

Based on the book, Universal Compassion, this series gives you practical, creative methods to transform your day-to-day experiences – including the most challenging situations – into opportunities for personal growth and development. Ancient meditation techniques, tried and tested for a thousand years, are explained and made relevant to our modern life.

CLASS DATES

Series description & details

Living Lightly

Explore Buddha’s teachings on the nature of reality and how to live a happy life free from grasping

Jan 11 – Daily Essential Practice of True Happiness

Jan 18 – Ultimate Reality

Jan 25 – Living Lightly with Wisdom

Feb 1 – How to Create Merit

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

Discover how we can take control of our life and enjoy a truly meaningful new year by learning to control our mind

Feb 8 – Visions of the Pure Land

Feb 15 – The Enlightened Warrior

Feb 22 – Six Signs of Success

Mar 1 – Remaining Natural

Making Progress

Learn how Buddha’s teachings enable us to transform daily problems into opportunities for growth and development

Mar 8 – Facing up to Our Demons (1)

Mar 15 – Facing up to Our Demons (2)

Mar 22 – Do All Yogas By One

Mar 29 – Remaining Balanced

Mindfulness for a Happy Life

Using meditation to overcome negative habits of mind and learning the secrets to successful practice

Apr 5 – Three Trainings

Apr 12 – Three Causes of Success

Apr 19 – Faith and Mindfulness

Apr 26 – Free from Prejudice

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 Rose Hirano 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.