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Meditation Classes and Retreats

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Compassion Meditations for Enhancing Joy in Daily Life

led by Ven Carolyn Lawler

Mondays, 7.30pm, 13 August – 10 September 2018

Excellent for all levels! Join at any time. No need to register.

This series of guided meditations aims to offer a variety of practical meditation techniques to help us develop our compassion starting from where we are now.

These meditations, principally from Thupten Jinpa’s inspiring book, A Fearless Heart, are closely connected with what we face in daily life and offer a realistic route to a more joyful daily experience. All levels are welcome.

Facility Fee $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors‘ facility fee is free)

 

How to Purify Negative Karma

with the Practice of Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas

taught by Geshe Wangchen

Sundays in July

Includes:

4 Classes: Sundays, 1, 8, 15, 22 of July, 10am – 12pm;

1 Retreat Day: Sunday 29 of July, 10am – 4pm

Excellent for all levels!

By learning how to effectively purify our past negative karma we can free ourselves from having to experience the suffering results of those actions in the future. The practice of Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas was one of the main preliminary practices performed by Lama Tsongkhapa and contains many powerful ways to help purify negativities, stop bad habits, and accumulate very strong merit.

In this practical Sunday series (4 classes + 1 retreat day) Geshe-la will introduce and show us how to get the most from this practice (which can be done in both brief and extensive ways). When we know how to make the practice potent, so much purification can happen so quickly! Everyone is welcome!

Class Facility Fee $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors’ facility fee is free)
Materials Pack $10 one-off (optional – includes large colour card of the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas as visualized; text of the practice and helpful supplementary materials.)
Retreat Facility Fee $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors’ facility fee for the retreat is $20) On the Retreat Day, the lunch will be done Potluck Style, so please bring a Vegetarian dish to share at the Retreat Day Potluck Lunch.
No need to register for the classes but please register for the Retreat Day by 26 of July. Thank you.

Why Meditate?

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 10 June, 10am – 12pm
Why take the time to meditate in our busy lives? What is the purpose of Buddhist meditation? Come and find clarification and encouragement for the important and meaningful practice of meditation.Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend monthly contributors are free)

 

One Day Retreat

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, 27 May 2018
10am – 4pm
Topic: The Path to Enlightenment

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

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 25 May – so we can make preparations. Thank you.

This One Day Retreat will be preceded by a 4 Sunday course on the Path to Enlightenment. We highly recommend that you try to attend this course to help prepare you for the one day retreat.

 

Discovering Buddhism: How to Meditate

with Simon Harrison

Monday nights 7.30 – 9pm, 12 March – 23 April (6 weeks – no class on Easter Monday)

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 $20

To register click here.

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


2017 Meditation Activities

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.

 

Stages of Meditation

Introduction with 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!

 

 

One Day Retreat

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, August 13, 2017
10am – 4pm
Topic: Stages of the Path – Calm Abiding and Special Insight

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

This retreat will feature meditations on the following Stages of the Path (Lam-Rim) Topics:

  • Calm Abiding
  • Special Insight

Although this retreat will especially complement the Tuesday night Stages of the Path series, everyone interested in learning how to meditate on these topics is welcome to join in.

Shared Potluck Lunch

The lunch will be vegetarian potluck shared lunch – bring a dish to share.

Costs & Registration

Registration by Friday, August 11 is appreciated so we can make preparations.

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.)

 

One Day Retreat

with Geshe Wangchen
Sunday, July 9
10am – 4pm

Please register by July 7 to participate – Open to All

Geshe-la will lead us in putting the teachings on the 37 Harmonies with Enlightenment into practice:

  • how to reduce our suffering by reducing our negative emotions and negative karmic actions,

  • methods for increasing positive minds and positive actions

  • and how to create the causes for lasting happiness. 

The lunch will be vegetarian potluck shared lunch – bring a dish to share.
Registration by Friday, July 7 is appreciated so we can make preparations.

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.)

Sunday Morning: Meditations to Develop a Positive Mind

led by Geshe Wangchen

Sunday, May 28, 10am – 12pm
This Sunday Geshe-la will lead introductory-level guided meditations to help us develop our positive minds, positive attitudes and happiness. Everyone is welcome.

Facility Fee $10
Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free.

 

 

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