Weekly Buddhist Meditation Classes2020-11-28T16:51:54-05:00

Weekly Classes

Weekly Buddhist Meditation Classes

Feeling stressed out, unhappy or struggling with maintaining good relationships in your life? Our weekly meditation classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings. Learn how to develop and improve an experience of happiness and inner peace. No previous experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome!

All our weekly classes are currently offered online. Sunday morning classes and Tuesday evening classes are also offered in person at the temple. Please select the in person or online option on their booking forms below. All our weekly classes use Prayers for Meditation to help calm the mind and fill us with inspiring energy. You can find a copy in our online shop (here) or at our temple before or after an in person class.

Each of our weekly Buddhist meditation classes begins with a guided breathing meditation to settle the mind, some prayers, a talk and then a second guided meditation on the class topic. Class topics can be found in the class descriptions below.

No. All our weekly Buddhist meditation classes are open to everyone.

No. Attend as many as you wish. Each class is self-contained, so you do not need to attend the previous class or classes to attend the next class.

Each weekly class is $12 for non-members. All weekly classes are free for Kadampa Meditation Centre Members.

No. Sunday morning classes and Tuesday evening classes are also offered in person. The in person option is available on their booking forms below.

Sunday Mornings | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

November Class Series

This class offers a new series following the book, How to Solve our Human Problems, by our Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

This book explains how our negative states of mind cause endless problems and suffering, both for ourselves and others. It focuses in particular on solving the problem of anger and learning how to develop patience, even in the most difficult circumstances.

There are also explanations of the nature of our mind and past and future lives.

 

Class Themes

November 1: Understanding why we get angry

It is a very useful exercise to examine the kinds of situation in which we get angry. It is also very useful to learn new ways of dealing with these situations. In this class, we will learn what patience is and the benefits of practising it. We will then develop the determination to practise it in situations where we usually get angry.

Meditation: The benefits of practising patience

November 8: Learning to accept suffering

Since suffering is unavoidable, we should learn to accept it rather than fight against it. When we learn to accept difficulties patiently, the real problem disappears and our mind becomes clear and lucid. Discover how we can deal with life’s difficulties in a constructive way.

Meditation: A determination to practise patient acceptance

November 15: Replacing anger with compassion

Controlled by our delusions, we all engage in unskillful, inappropriate actions. Because of this, we suffer and cause others to suffer. In this class we will learn how to generate compassion for both ourselves and others as we unknowingly cause suffering while under the control of our delusions.

Meditation: Compassion

November 22: Retaliating is harmful

The best way to overcome our instinctive desire to retaliate is to combine patient acceptance with compassion. In this way, all our impulses towards anger and retaliation will subside. We will explore the disadvantages of retaliation and ways of thinking that allow us to generate compassion instead of retaliating.

Meditation: A determination to generate compassion instead of retaliating

November 29: The mind is not the brain

Since happiness and suffering are within the mind, it is very important to understand what is our mind. The mind and body are separate entities. So what is the mind? We will investigate this topic and come to an understanding of the nature and function of our mind.

Meditation: What is our mind?

 

Please Note,

These classes use Prayers for Meditation. You can get a copy of this booklet from our online shop here.

These classes are for those who would have attended in person under normal circumstances.

For in-person tickets, please bring a mask for inside the Temple.

Sunday Morning classes are taught by various Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program students.

December Class Series

This class offers a new series following the book, How to Solve our Human Problems, by our Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

This book explains how our negative states of mind cause endless problems and suffering, both for ourselves and others. It focuses in particular on solving the problem of anger and learning how to develop patience, even in the most difficult circumstances.

There are also explanations of the nature of our mind and past and future lives.

Class Themes

December 6: No class. Everyone is encouraged to attend the Ontario Dharma Celebration.

December 13: Past and future lives

Once we understand the nature of our mind, we can also understand the existence of past and future lives. In this class, we will learn that our natural process of sleeping, dreaming and waking mirrors the process of dying, intermediate state and rebirth. This class will deepen our understanding of this basic truth about our existence.

Meditation: The existence of past and future lives

December 20: We all wish to be happy

Once it becomes clear to us that we will be reborn, our priorities shift as we expand our focus beyond this one life. With the first Noble Truth, Buddha encourages us to use our present human life to prepare for the happiness and freedom of our countless future lives. In this class, we will explore how to create happiness in both this and our future lives.

Meditation: A determination to work for the happiness of future lives

December 27: Learning to accept others

Once we fully accept others as they are, without the slightest judgment or reservation, then there is no basis for problems in our relationships with them. Problems do not exist outside our mind. So when we stop seeing others as problems, they stop being problems. Accepting others is a powerful method to help us maintain good relationships over the holidays.

Meditation: Learning to accept others

This class uses Prayers for Meditation. You can get a copy of this booklet from our online shop.

Please note: These classes are for those who would have attended in person under normal circumstances.

For in-person tickets, please bring a mask for inside the Temple.

Sunday Morning classes are taught by various Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program students.

Tuesday Mornings | 11 am – 12:30 pm

How to Have Successful Meditations

Just as we need to prepare carefully for an examination or a dinner party if it is to be a success, so we need to prepare carefully for meditation if we are to experience good results. Geshe Dag Powa said: “If we combine with our meditation the practices of purifying negativity, accumulating merit and making requests for inspiration to our Spiritual Guides and Yidam, there is no doubt that our mind will change. Since our present state of mind is impermanent, if we practise in this way repeatedly, although we may think we have no hope of gaining profound realizations, we will gain them quickly.”

Book referenced: Joyful Path of Good Fortune by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Dec 1. What is meditation? How to start?

Explore the nature and purpose of Buddhist meditation. Learn how to have a successful meditation by following the six preparatory practices . Start by learning how to set up a shrine with representations of Buddha’s body, speech and mind, arranging suitable offerings, and correct meditation posture.

Meditation: Wishing Love

Dec 8. Going for refuge and generating pure motivation

Having compassion generates the causes of going for refuge and increases our wish to gain freedom from samsara for ourself and others. This way of going for refuge increases our realizations of renunciation and enhances our compassion. Learn to visualize the Three Jewels – Buddhas, Dharma and Sangha.

Meditation: Visualizing the objects of refuge

Dec 15. Essential components of a successful meditation

The practices of accumulating merit and purifying negativity provide essential supports for our meditation to attain spiritual realization, like the limbs supporting a body to perform physical actions. Learn the first three of the seven limbs practice of (1) Prostration, (2) Offering and (3) Confession.

Meditation: Confession and purification of negative karma

Dec 22. More essentials of a successful meditation

Accumulating merit and purifying negativity by offering the practice of (4) Rejoicing, (5) Beseeching the Buddhas and Spiritual Guides not to pass away, (6) Requesting the Buddhas and Spiritual Guides to turn the Wheel of Dharma and (7) Dedication.

Meditation: Rejoicing

Dec 29. Offering the mandala and requesting blessings

Learn ritual mandala offering. Create immense merit by mentally transforming the whole universe into a Pure Land and offer to the Three Jewels. We then make heartfelt requests to receive inspiration and blessings. If we practise like this, we will definitely gain realizations.

Meditation: Universal compassion

This class uses Prayers for Meditation. You can get a copy of this booklet from our online shop.

Please note: This online event is available for people who would have intended to come in person under normal circumstances. For a centre near you, click here.

ROSE HIRANO

Rose is a sincere, senior practitioner who has been practising for almost 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. She is a student on the Teacher Training Program and explains Buddha’s teachings in a practical way that is easily applicable to everyone’s busy daily life. Rose is a warm-hearted and dedicated volunteer member of the spiritual community at KMC Canada.  Rose teaches the Tuesday Morning class as well as some Saturday courses.

Tuesday Evenings | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
December Class Series

Resident Teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, is teaching a series following the book, Modern Buddhism, by our Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. This precious book explains all the stages of the path to enlightenment in an easily accessible, sequential format. Modern Buddhism is available as a free e-book download or you can buy a hard copy through our online shop.

Class Themes

Dec 1 Public Talk: Choose Happiness

Book Here

Dec 8 What causes suffering?

The main cause of our suffering is our deluded minds, especially our self-grasping. If we abandon our self-grasping permanently, all our suffering and problems of this life and of countless future lives will cease permanently. How can we do this?

Meditation: What we should abandon

Dec 15 What is a true spiritual path?

A spiritual path is an inner path, or spiritual realization, that leads us to the pure happiness of liberation and enlightenment. How do we train in such paths?

Meditation: What we should practise

Dec 22 Permanent freedom from suffering is possible

Buddha said we should not be satisfied with merely temporary freedom from particular sufferings but apply great effort to attaining permanent freedom from all suffering. Only by following a correct spiritual path can we accomplish this freedom.

Meditation: What we should attain

Prayers for Meditation will be used in all these classes.

Booking closes 1/2 hour before class begins. Links are sent out 20 minutes before class.

Please note: This online event is available for people who would have intended to come in person under normal circumstances. For a centre near you, click here.

GEN-LA KELSANG KHYENRAB

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada and the NKT National Spiritual Director for Canada. A retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT-IKBU), he has trained closely with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty-five years and holds the lineages of his blessings in his heart. He is a very inspiring example of a pure practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism who relies sincerely upon his Spiritual Guide in all his actions.

Gen-la Khyenrab is an internationally renowned teacher and English Buddhist monk who is greatly admired throughout the world for his powerful teachings, his wisdom, as well as his pure example of humility and loving-kindness. He is also well-known for his deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings and his ability to convey their profound meaning in a very clear and accessible way.

Gen-la Khyenrab teaches the Tuesday Evening class as well as regular weekend courses and events. He also teaches the Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program.

Wednesday Mornings | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
December Class Series

HOW TO LISTEN TO DHARMA

We have all been to school and may think that the one thing we don’t need to learn is how to listen to or read various kinds of teachings. However if you have been receiving Buddhist teachings for a while but feel that your life is not changing in the way you would like, this may be as a result of not understanding how to listen to Dharma.

This month we will be looking at Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s wonderful text Joyful Path of Good Fortune, which begins with an extensive explanation of how anyone interested in increasing their wisdom and reducing their delusions and suffering, should listen to precious Dharma teachings.

Class Themes

Dec. 2 Considering the benefits of listening to Dharma

“If we contemplate some of the countless benefits of listening to Dharma we will naturally enjoy listening to and reading the instructions, and we will do so with an especially keen interest. The result of listening and reading in such a positive frame of mind is that we will actually experience all the benefits we have contemplated.”

Meditation: The ten benefits of listening to Dharma

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Dec. 9 Developing respect for Dharma and its Teacher

“In Sutra on the Essence of Grounds Buddha says:

You should listen to Dharma with exceptional faith and respect, not seeing the Teacher as faulty or being displeased with him. When you listen to Dharma you should view the Teacher as Buddha.”

In this class we will consider why it is helpful to view the teacher as Buddha.

Meditation: A special way to view the teacher

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Dec. 16 The actual way of listening to Dharma

There are three faults we can develop when listening to Dharma that get in the way of our receiving benefit from the teachings. These are the three faults of a pot! Find out what Buddha meant and discover the 6 recognitions that make our listening very productive.

Meditation on the three faults and six recognitions

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Dec. 30 Making the new year meaningful

So maybe we have listened to a lot of Dharma teachings this year and perhaps done some reading on our own, some meditating, some contemplation. As a new year approaches, it seems like a good time to take stock of what we have learned and whether we are actually making use of all these teachings in our daily life. In this class we will look at practical applications of Dharma and how to tell whether it’s working.

Meditation on impermanence

This class uses the book Joyful Path of Good Fortune and Prayers for Meditation.

Please note: This online event is available for people who would have intended to come in person under normal circumstances. For a centre near you, click here.

SANDRA LEWIS

Sandra is a sincere student on the Teacher Training Program and has been practising Kadampa Buddhism for almost 10 years in Toronto. She is known for her inspiring and kind-hearted approach to teaching Buddhism and meditation and is a dedicated volunteer at KMC Canada.  Sandra teaches the Wednesday Morning class as well as some Saturday courses.

Wednesday Evenings | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
December Class Series

The great Buddhist Master Shantideva said: ”Although living beings want to be free from suffering, they run straight towards the causes of suffering and although they wish for happiness, out of ignorance, they destroy it like a foe.”

Happiness and suffering are states of mind; therefore, their real source is also within the mind. If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must transform our mind. We can do this with meditation.

This class offers a new series following the book The New Meditation Handbook, by our Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Class themes

December 2: The Four Noble Truths

After the Buddha’s Enlightenment, his first teaching was on the Four Noble Truths. This is an indication on how important these Truths are. They are the bedrock of Buddha’s teachings.

Meditation on suffering and its cause

December 9: The Four Noble Truths II

After the Buddha’s Enlightenment, his first teaching was on the Four Noble Truths. This is an indication on how important these Truths are. They are the bedrock of Buddha’s teachings.

Meditation on entering the Path

December 16: The Four Noble Truths III

After the Buddha’s Enlightenment, his first teaching was on the Four Noble Truths. This is an indication on how important these Truths are. They are the bedrock of Buddha’s teachings.

Meditation on seeking permanent freedom from suffering

This class uses Prayers for Meditation.

Booking closes 1/2 hour before class begins. A link to the live stream will be emailed approx. 20 minutes before class.

Pls. note: These classes are for those who would have intended to come in person under normal circumstances.

GABRIELLE MARIER-DESROCHES

Gabrielle is the Education Program Coordinator for KMC Canada as well as a student on the Teacher Training Program. A sincere practitioner, she applies Buddha’s teachings in her daily life and transmits their usefulness in our daily lives. Her teachings are very practical and are flavoured with humour.  Gabrielle teaches the Wednesday Evening classes.

Thursday Mornings | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
December Class Series

This drop-in meditation class offers practical methods to solve our daily problems of unpleasant feelings through Buddhist teachings and meditations. Learn how to develop an experience of happiness and inner peace. No previous experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome!

Buddha said: “ If you want to be happy, learn to cultivate a peaceful mind. There is no other way. ” By transforming our mind, we transform our life, and come to realize that happiness is within our grasp. Happiness is not outside our mind but something we need to cultivate for ourselves, otherwise we’ll never find it. This series of classes is inspired by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s book, How to Transform Your Life.

Class Themes

Dec. 3: Finding common ground III

Buddhism and spiritual practice in general can seem otherworldly and removed from daily life. But this doesn’t have to be so. By relying on some basic foundations, we can build a spiritual practice for everyday life.

Meditation on overcoming the Three Obstacles

Dec. 10: Finding common ground IV

Buddhism and spiritual practice in general can seem otherworldly and removed from daily life. But this doesn’t have to be so. By relying on some basic foundations, we can build a spiritual practice for everyday life.

Meditation on the Power of Effort

Dec. 17: A meaningful Path forward

The Buddha’s Path is not difficult. We simply need to know the difference between Meaningful and meaningless objects. Once we learn to distinguish between the two, we will begin to transform our lives.

Meditation on Entering the Path

This class uses Prayers for Meditation. You can get a copy of this booklet from our online shop.

Please note: This online event is available for people who would have intended to come in person under normal circumstances. For a centre near you, click here.

Thursday Evenings | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
December Class Series

In his book How to Solve Our Human Problems, Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche defines patience as follows: “Being patient means welcoming wholeheartedly whatever arises, having given up the idea that things should be other than what they are.”

In these 3 sessions we will explore the powerful truth and intelligent practicality and wisdom of this quote.

Dec 3. The power of patient acceptance

Patience is much more than gritting our teeth and putting up with things. It is the necessary condition to make good and sound decisions and to feel confident about them.

Meditation: patient acceptance

Dec 10. Where our suffering comes from

In order to use this powerful tool of patience we need to understand clearly that our suffering comes from our own mind. This knowledge gives us the ability to stop our pain.

Meditation: the faults of anger

Dec 17. How not to retaliate

When we are insulted, criticized or hurt in any way, it is our instinctual desire to retaliate. This only perpetuates our suffering. If we train instead in patient acceptance and compassion, we are creating the foundation for deep peace and happiness.

Meditation: Compassion

This class uses Prayers for Meditation.

Please note: This online event is available for people who would have intended to come in person under normal circumstances. For a centre near you, click here.

Booking closes 1/2 hour before class begins.

KELSANG RIGMA

Kelsang Rigma has been practising Kadampa Buddhism and meditation for almost 25 years at KMC Canada in Toronto and is a dedicated student of the Teacher Training Program. She is well known for her kind-hearted and compassionate guidance tempered with a wealth of life experience.  Heike teaches the Thursday Evening class as well as some Saturday courses.

Friday Evenings | 9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Please note, this is a replay of the previous weekly Buddhist meditation Tuesday evening class.

December Class Series

Internationally renowned teacher and Buddhist monk, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, teaches this special class following the book, Modern Buddhism, by our Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. This precious book explains all the stages of the path to enlightenment in an easily accessible, sequential format. Modern Buddhism is available as a free e-book download or you can buy a hard copy through our online shop.

Class Themes

Dec 11 What causes suffering?

The main cause of our suffering is our deluded minds, especially our self-grasping. If we abandon our self-grasping permanently, all our suffering and problems of this life and of countless future lives will cease permanently. How can we do this?

Meditation: What we should abandon

Dec 18 What is a true spiritual path?

A spiritual path is an inner path, or spiritual realization, that leads us to the pure happiness of liberation and enlightenment. How do we train in such paths?

Meditation: What we should practise

Dec 25 Permanent freedom from suffering is possible

Buddha said we should not be satisfied with merely temporary freedom from particular sufferings but apply great effort to attaining permanent freedom from all suffering. Only by following a correct spiritual path can we accomplish this freedom.

Meditation: What we should attain

GEN-LA KELSANG KHYENRAB

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada and the NKT National Spiritual Director for Canada. A retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT-IKBU), he has trained closely with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty-five years and holds the lineages of his blessings in his heart. He is a very inspiring example of a pure practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism who relies sincerely upon his Spiritual Guide in all his actions.

Gen-la Khyenrab is an internationally renowned teacher and English Buddhist monk who is greatly admired throughout the world for his powerful teachings, his wisdom, as well as his pure example of humility and loving-kindness. He is also well-known for his deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings and his ability to convey their profound meaning in a very clear and accessible way.

Gen-la Khyenrab teaches the Tuesday Evening class as well as regular weekend courses and events. He also teaches the Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program.

Special Live Chat with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab 

Any questions about meditation? Want to know more about Buddha’s teachings?

Ask a Buddhist monk for advice in this interactive online class on Friday, January 15 at 7 pm.

Class Description

Meet the Teacher, is a free-flowing online opportunity to put questions about your meditation and Dharma practice to our Resident Teacher, Gen-la Khyenrab, who will be at the KMCC Temple. If you would like to send your questions in advance, just email them to epc@meditateintoronto.com

GEN-LA KELSANG KHYENRAB

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada and the NKT National Spiritual Director for Canada. A retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT-IKBU), he has trained closely with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty-five years and holds the lineages of his blessings in his heart. He is a very inspiring example of a pure practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism who relies sincerely upon his Spiritual Guide in all his actions.

Gen-la Khyenrab is an internationally renowned teacher and English Buddhist monk who is greatly admired throughout the world for his powerful teachings, his wisdom, as well as his pure example of humility and loving-kindness. He is also well-known for his deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings and his ability to convey their profound meaning in a very clear and accessible way.

Gen-la Khyenrab teaches the Tuesday Evening class as well as regular weekend courses and events. He also teaches the Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program.

 

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