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Meditation Classes and Retreats

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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/

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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!

 

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Previously Completed Meditation Events

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.

How to Train in the Bodhisattva Practices:

Teachings on the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva 

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 10am (May and June, finishing 14 July with a Retreat Day – see details below)

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 Sunday, 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!

 

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

INCLUDES RETREAT DAY

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 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)

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