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Introductory Classes

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First Teaching of the Year on The Four Noble Truths

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 18 February, 11am – 12pm First Teaching of the Year with Geshe Wangchen followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch (please bring a dish to share) The very first teaching that Buddha Shakyamuni gave after becoming enlightened was on The Four Noble Truths. This teaching shares four major insights of the Buddha’s enlightenment: the depths and variety of suffering we experience, the causes of our suffering, the fact that it is possible to achieve the cessation of all of our suffering and an introduction to the path that leads to the cessation of suffering. This talk is suitable for all levels and everyone is welcome. Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free) No need to register, just come! Everyone welcome. Beginners Welcome! followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch (bring a dish to share)

This class on the Four Noble Truths will also continue on 25 February 10am – 12pm.

 

 

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

2017 Completed Classes

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.

 

 

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/

 

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