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Introductory Classes

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STRESS prevention and remedies from a Buddhist perspective

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 19 November, 10am – 12pm Many of us go through our days, weeks, months and years with varying degrees of stress. When we are stressed we are often not as skilful with our actions towards others. So how can we apply the Buddha’s teachings first to try to prevent stress from arising? And if stress has already arisen or accumulated, how can we reduce or even eliminate it altogether? Come along to find out. Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free) No need to register, just come!

 

Reliable Happiness, Stable Happiness

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 26 November, 10am – 12pm Each of us wishes for happiness. The methods we use to experience happiness are not always successful and certainly not always long lasting. So often the happiness we attempt to find is dependent on external situations, people, material objects and sense pleasures. Unfortunately, this type of happiness is unstable and unreliable. As Lama Tsongkhapa says “seeking samsaric pleasures is the door to all suffering, they are uncertain and cannot be relied upon.” Each of us wishes for happiness. The methods we use to experience happiness are not always successful and certainly not always long lasting. So often the happiness we attempt to find is dependent on external situations, people, material objects and sense pleasures. Unfortunately, this type of happiness is unstable and unreliable. As Lama Tsongkhapa says “seeking samsaric pleasures is the door to all suffering, they are uncertain and cannot be relied upon.” The good news is that reliable, stable happiness is possible.  What is reliable and stable happiness from a Buddhist perspective? And how can we experience more of it?  Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free) No need to register, just come!

3 Meaningful Gifts for the Holidays

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 3 December, 10am – 12pm Many will be celebrating this holiday season and exchanging gifts with loved ones and friends. But in addition to any material gifts we give or food we offer, we are capable of giving some very meaningful, special gifts that do not cost a single cent. Come and learn Geshe-la’s top 3 meaningful, priceless gifts that each of us can give this holiday season. Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free) No need to register, just come!

 

A Fearless Heart Discussion and Meditation Night

Led by Ven Carolyn Lawler Monday Nights 7.30 – 9pm from 2nd October – 20th November (excluding Labour Day Public Holiday) Inspiring and practical, we invite you to come and investigate how compassion works as a powerful inner resource that can yield surprising and compelling benefits–not just for others, but for ourselves. Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., introduces a practice with even greater life-changing power: compassion. Based on the revolutionary course in Compassion Cultivation Training at Stanford that Jinpa helped to create, A Fearless Heart shows us that compassion can be a path through suffering, a key to robust health, and even an effective way to reach our goals. Pulling from the latest Western research as well as traditional Buddhist psychology, Jinpa offers simple daily practices that will help readers train their compassion muscle for a greater meaning, connection, and fulfillment. This part-book club, part-discussion group and part-meditation group is open to all. Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free) Materials Cost: A Fearless Heart by Thupten Jinpa (paperback) $28 (Dharma Friend Contributors $26) – The book is available for purchase through DCI if you do not already have your own copy.

 

Sunday Mornings with Geshe-la

Sunday mornings, from 10am – 12pm, our Resident Teacher, Geshe Wangchen, gives introductory Dharma talks and classes on a variety of topics. Everyone is welcome. The topics will be posted on this page and on our Google Program Calendar closer to the time. If there are any changes to this class they will be noted on our calendar.

 

 

Recently Completed Classes

 

Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Introduction by Geshe Wangchen
(3 week class plus 1 retreat day) Sundays 15, 29 Oct and 5 Sept, 10am – 12pm

The essence of the path to enlightenment is summed up in the three principal aspects of the path: renunciation, bodhicitta and right view. Only if we develop these three can enlightenment be attained. So what exactly are they and how can we develop them in our minds? Come find out! This class will meet three times followed by a One Day Retreat led by Geshe Wangchen on Nov 12. (Please note no class over Labour Day Public Holiday weekend.)

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free) No need to register, just come!

One Day Retreat

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, 12 November 2017
10am – 4pm
Topic: Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Everyone is welcome to come to this one day retreat led by Geshe Wangchen.

The essence of the path to enlightenment is summed up in the three principal aspects of the path: renunciation, bodhicitta and right view. Only if we develop these three can enlightenment be attained. So what exactly are they and how can we develop them in our minds? This one day retreat will include guided meditations on these topics, as well as short teachings, discussion and Q&A. Everyone welcome

Costs & Registration

Facility Fee $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors  are $20) please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch.

Please register by November 10 – so we can make preparations. Thank you. www.dci.org.nz/one-day-retreat-registration/

 

Discovering Buddhism: Mind and Its Potential

with Simon Harrison

Mondays, 7.30 – 9pm, June 12 – July 24 (7 weeks – extended by one week)

Excellent for all levels!

Join in examining the mind and how it creates happiness and suffering. What is the Buddhist view of mind? Also learn to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes to create a positive and joyous mind!

Everyone is welcome to this course.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free.)

Materials Fee $20

To register go to www.dci.org.nz/program/discovering-buddhism/mind-and-its-potential/register/

 

Discovering Buddhism is a fourteen-module series developed by the FPMT Education Department that gives the student a solid foundation in the teachings and practice of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. Mind and Its Potential is the first module in the series. Developed by the FPMT, this series is both accessible for newer students and also very helpful for students who have already studied Buddhism for a while, but wish to have a more solid foundation. To read more about this FPMT program and what the topics of the fourteen modules are click here

Stages of Meditation

Introduction by Geshe Wangchen
(4 – 5 week class) Sundays beginning September 3, 10am – 12pm

In this class Geshe-la will introduce Kamalashila’s Middle Length Stages of Meditation. This is a classic text on the meditations of Calm Abiding and Special Insight. Come and learn more about meditation.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free) No need to register, just come!

Becoming a Bodhisattva

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, July 30, 10am

The essence of the Mahayana Buddhist path to enlightenment is the path of becoming a Bodhisattva by developing the mind of Bodhicitta and then engaging in the Bodhisattva practices.

  • But what exactly is a Bodhisattva?
  • How can one become a Bodhisattva?
  • And what is Bodhicitta?
  • What are the benefits of Bodhicitta?

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains, “One second of bodhicitta is worth far more than eons of other positive minds and we can generate that mind second after second after second. And every second of bodhicitta purifies eons of negative karma. It doesn’t depend on the size of the action but on the mind behind it.”

Facility Fee $10 per class
(Dharma Friend monthly contributors‘ facility fees are free)

Engaging in the Six Core Practices of a Bodhisattva

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, August 6, 10am

In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, the aim is to develop the mind of bodhicitta, thereby becoming a bodhisattva, and then, in order to actually attain Buddhahood, one engages wholeheartedly in training in the six core practices of a bodhisattva.

  • What are the six core practices of a bodhisattva – the six perfections?
  • How does one train in the perfections of giving, morality, patience, joyous effort, meditation and wisdom?
  • What makes them “perfections”?
  • What are the obstacles to training in these and how does one overcome them?

Facility Fee $10 per class
(Dharma Friend monthly contributors‘ facility fees are free)

 

One Day Retreat

Topic: Calm Abiding and Special Insight
with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, August 13, 10am – 4pm

For more details on this Guided Meditation Retreat day and to register please visit: http://www.dci.org.nz/program/retreat/

 

 

Detox Your Attitude!

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, July 16, 10am

Our attitude towards life, towards the day and week ahead, toward our loved ones and towards our co-workers, can sometimes become toxic. Having a negative, self-centred attitude / approach / motivation can lead to so much anguish and suffering. There is a remedy! Do an attitude detox. In this class, Geshe-la will guide us step-by-step on how to identify the problem and how to step-by-step detox our attitude, replacing it with a clean-clear happiness-promoting, positive motivation and approach to our daily life.

Facility Fee $10 per class
(Dharma Friend monthly contributors‘ facility fees are free)

 

Q&A Sunday

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, July 23, 10am
This is an excellent chance to ask any and every question about Buddhism that you wish to of a well-educated Teacher of Buddhism. Geshe-la is happy to answer all of the questions you have on your mind about Buddhism – from the simplest question, to the most complex. Everyone welcome. Bring your own questions or just come along and listen to everyone else’s.

Facility Fee $10 per class
(Dharma Friend monthly contributors‘ facility fees are free)

 

37 Harmonies with Enlightenment

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, June 18, 25 and July 2 10am – 12pm plus a One Day Retreat on July 9

The thirty-seven harmonies with enlightenment are practices undertaken and perfected at different stages on the path to enlightenment. Learn more about the four close placements of mindfulness, the five powers, seven branches of enlightenment and so forth. Everyone welcome to this introduction (which will include 3 Sunday classes plus a one day retreat at the end of the course).

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free.)

For the One Day Retreat on July 9, The lunch will be vegetarian potluck shared lunch – bring a dish to share. Registration by Friday, July 7 for the Retreat Day only is appreciated so we can make preparations. Retreat Day Facility Fee $30 for the day – please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch. (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $20 for the day – please bring a vegetarian dish to share.)

 

 

 

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, June 11, 10am – 12pm

In His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s popular book, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World, His Holiness presents a view of ethics that can be embraced not only by those who see themselves as Buddhist, or even religious, but by all human beings. Geshe-la will present core themes from this book including how to reduce destructive emotions, develop compassion and help other people.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free.)

How to develop Forgiveness so that you can

experience a more Joyful life

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, May 14, 10am – 12pm

Come learn how to develop more forgiveness, which can help open our hearts and heal old wounds, so that you can experience a more joyful life.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free.)

How to develop the mind that joyfully serves others

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, May 21, 10am – 12pm

“Cherishing others opens the door to every happiness for self and others.”
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

“Strong compassion serving others is the quick way to achieve enlightenment.”
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

How can we develop the mind that joyfully serves others? Geshe-la will give us some inspiration and tips on how to develop this mind.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free.)

 

 

Inner Practices for a Happy Family

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, April 30, 10am – 12pm

In this relaxed introductory talk, Geshe-la will share useful Buddhist tips for simple practices one can do to become a more loving, patient, compassionate family member – wife, husband, daughter, son, grandparent, cousin, partner and friend.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free.)

 

How to Develop Inner Peace

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, May 7, 10am – 12pm

Everyone appreciates moments of peace and ease, but how can we develop more inner peace? And how can we maintain that inner peace when we face challenging situations? Come find out!

Facility Fee $10 per class
(Dharma Friend monthly contributors’ facility fees are free)

 

Happiness through Enhancing our Mental Immunity

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, April 23, 10am – 12pm

We want to be happy. We can create the conditions for happiness by developing our mental immunity. His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains that “Mental immunity, is just learning to avoid the destructive emotions and to develop the positive ones… And just as a healthy immune system and healthy constitution protects your body against potentially hazardous viruses and bacteria, mental immunity creates a healthy disposition of the mind so that it will be less susceptible to negative thoughts and feelings…”

Come learn how to increase our positive, healthy states of mind and decrease our negative states of mind.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

How to Train in the Bodhisattva Practices:

Teachings on the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva
with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, March 5 – 26, 10am – 12pm including retreat day April 9

How can we ourselves train in the Bodhisattva path? A bodhisattva aims to achieve enlightenment in order to help all living beings achieve enlightenment – total freedom from suffering, perfect happiness and perfect qualities. Using the short, beautiful classic text, Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo, Geshe-la will illuminate how to train in the Bodhisattva Path.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

Everyone welcome! Beginners and all levels welcome.

 

 

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