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Introductory Classes

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Last Teaching of 2019: Rejoicing and Gratitude

followed by Community Vegetarian Potluck Lunch

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 11am, 15 Dec

This will be our last class of the 2019 program. We invite you to bring your khatag (traditional Tibetan offering scarf) and/or any offering (optional) you would like to offer to Geshe-la as a thank you at the conclusion of teachings today. 

Today Geshe-la will give a talk on rejoicing, gratitude and dedicating all of our positive actions and Dharma practice of 2019. By rejoicing in our positive actions, no matter how small, the positive karma created increases! That’s right, it is strengthened and increased. And when we rejoice in others positive actions, we too create good karma and causes of happiness. Not to be missed! Everyone is welcome.

Teachings will be followed by an end of year community potluck lunch – please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)
No need to register. Everyone welcome!

 

11am End-of-Year Community Vegetarian Potluck Lunch 
Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.

Everyone welcome!

 

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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

How to Generate Bodhicitta

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 10am 10 Nov – 8 Dec (5 weeks)

Before one can become a Buddha, one must become a bodhisattva, and in order to become a bodhisattva, one must generate the mind of bodhicitta. In this course, Geshe Wangchen will give an introduction to the two primary methods for generating the mind of bodhicitta – Six Cause and One Result and the method of Exchanging Self with Others – as well as the combined 11 step method. By meditating on and practicing these methods in one’s daily life, it is possible for us to develop this precious mind of bodhicitta, make our life meaningful and offer greater and greater benefit to sentient beings.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)

No need to register for the class.
Everyone welcome!

 

Discovering Buddhism Series

How to Meditate

with FPMT Registered Teacher Simon Harrison

Monday nights 7.30 – 9pm, 7 October – 18 November (6 weeks – no class on Labour Day Public Holiday Monday 28th October)

Excellent for all levels!

Understand and explore basic meditation techniques. Learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, the different types of meditation techniques one may employ, and how to recognize and deal with obstacles to meditation. Whether you are a total beginner or have already been meditating, this class can help clarify, develop and deepen one’s experience of meditation.

Everyone is welcome to this course.

Facility Fee $10 per session (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors free)

Materials Fee $45 (includes a copy of How to Meditate by Kathleen McDonald)

If you already own a copy of the book How to Meditate by Kathleen McDonald then your Materials Fee is $15.

Please register at www.dci.org.nz/program/discovering-buddhism/how-to-meditate/register/

Transform Your Mind

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 10am 23 & 20 October

“The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation is an incredible practice [written by the great hidden meditator Geshe Langri Tangpa Dorje Sengye]. It is a very skillful psychological method that can make being happy or unhappy, wealthy or poor, healthy or sick, beneficial for all sentient beings.

“All the undesirable, miserable conditions in our life can be utilized in the path to enlightenment, even disturbing thoughts of ignorance, anger and attachment.

“For the practitioner of Mahayana thought transformation who has put the meaning of The Eight Verses into action in his everyday life, nothing distracts him from his Dharma practice.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Perfect Freedom

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friends Free)Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)

No need to register for the class.
Everyone welcome!

 

Compassion Meditation

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 10am 29 September (Daylight Savings Begins today)

Description: “By practising compassion, the thought of cherishing others: subdue the ego, the self-centred mind.” – Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche Compassion is like medicine for our mental suffering. Come and build your mental first aid kit by practicing compassion meditation.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)
No need to register for the class.
Everyone welcome!

 

Loving-Kindness Meditation

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 10am 15 September 

Geshe-la will offer a Dharma talk and guided meditation on loving-kindness this Sunday.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the importance of cultivating the mind of loving-kindness if we want to experience happiness and less problems:

“how much happiness and peace and how many difficulties and problems one has in life is completely dependent on the doer, the one who experiences, one’s own mind.

“Generally speaking, a person whose mind is less selfish has more thoughts cherishing others, more concern for others. Naturally by that attitude there are so many less problems, especially with other sentient beings in day-to-day life. That person has less bother, that person takes it easy because of the good heart—as the person has that much good heart, they are happy to take on trouble for others, to experience the difficulties for others.

“The one who has the more selfish mind, more concern for oneself than others, more thought cherishing oneself than others, that person has greater problems, that person has more enemies. Wherever they go, wherever they live, whomever they accompany—there is more bother, more distraction to that person. This is the common experience.” (Excerpted from “The Good Heart,” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche Click here to read Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s talk on the Good Heart)

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)
No need to register for the class.
Everyone welcome!

 

How to Meditate Retreat Day

with FPMT Registered Teacher Simon Harrison

Saturday, 7 September 10am – 4pm 

Everyone interested in meditation is welcome to attend this How to Meditate Retreat Day led by Simon Harrison. This day will include guided meditations and helpful instruction. All levels welcome from total beginners up through those with more experience.

Facility Fee $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $20)
Lunch will be done vegetarian potluck style. Please bring a dish to share with everyone.

To read more about this day click here: http://www.dci.org.nz/meditation/how-to-meditate-retreat-day/

Please register if you would like to attend. To register click here: http://www.dci.org.nz/meditation/register/ 

P.S. We will also be offering a 6 week course How to Meditate, Discovering Buddhism Class
taught by Simon Harrison on Monday nights 7.30 – 9pm, 7 October – 18 November (no class on Labour Day Public Holiday Monday 28th October). If you would like to participate in this class, please register.

The Complete Path to Enlightenment in 14 Verses

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 10am (four Sundays 21 & 28 July and 11 & 18 Aug – note: 4th of Aug is a Buddha Day so we will have a separate program that day) – two classes added: 25 Aug and a discussion Sunday on 1 Sept!

This brief classic text by Lama Tsongkhapa presents the whole path to enlightenment in just 14 verses. The Foundation of All Good Qualities is powerful, concise and often recited as part of one’s daily practice. Geshe Wangchen will introduce and explain the meaning of each verse. Everyone is welcome.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)
No need to register for the class.
Everyone welcome!

 

How to Train in the Bodhisattva Practices:

Teachings on the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva 

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 10am (throughout May and June up to 14th July with a Retreat Day on 14th)

How can we train step-by-step on 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 we can train in the Bodhisattva Path.

On 14th July, at the conclusion of the class there will be a One-Day Retreat led by Geshe Wangchen, 10am – 4pm. Please register for this retreat day. The facility fee for the retreat day will be $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $20) and the lunch will be done vegetarian potluck style, so please bring a dish to share.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)
No need to register for the class (only for the retreat day).
Everyone welcome!

 

New Discovering Buddhism Module:

All About Karma

with Simon Harrison

Mondays 7.30pm  1, 8, 15, 29 April + 6, 13 May 

Learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect and generate a clear understanding about how karma works. Discover effective tools to accumulate merit – the cause of happiness and success – and purify mistaken actions done in the past. In addition, explore ways to become adept at dealing with life most effectively and thereby take control of your future.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free; Materials Fee $43.

Registration is now open!

A Taste of Freedom:
How to Rid Yourself of Disturbing Emotions

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 10am

4 Classes + 1 Retreat Day
Class Dates: 31 March and 7, 14 and 28 of April
Retreat Day on 5 May (Please Register for the Retreat Day)

We want freedom, we want happiness, but how can we get a taste of it? Geshe-la will teach on this very tasty topic using Chapter Six “Indicating Methods for Ridding Yourself of Disturbing Emotions” from Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Verse Treatise.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)
No need to register for the class (only for the retreat day).
Everyone welcome!

First Guided Meditation Class of the Year

Meditations to Enjoy More Happiness and Compassion

with Ven Carolyn

Mondays 7.30pm 4, 11, 18 (& 24 TBC) March

“Everyone wants to lead a peaceful, happy life, but happiness and success aren’t measured by how much money you have, but by whether you have inner peace in your heart.” – HH the Dalai Lama

Start the year off with some simple meditations to help you enjoy more happiness and more compassion in your daily life. Nourish yourself so you can nourish others.

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

No registration needed. Drop-ins welcome.

The How to Transform
Sickness and Other Circumstances 

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 10am 17 & 24 March

How can we use whatever conditions we face, illness, health, poverty, wealth, and so forth in our practice and how can we generate joy in all circumstances? Everyone is welcome to attend this very practical class based on an inspiring, short text by Gyalse Togme Zangpo.

We all face difficulties and obstacles, but if we can learn useful techniques to transform these hardships, we can enjoy many benefits.

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

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