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Introductory Classes

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Perfecting Patience 

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, 10am, 5 Sept – 12 December (this class has been extended)

includes 12 classes + 1 Retreat Day on 12 December

[Please note: No class on 10 October (Fire Puja Day) or 24 Oct (Labour Day Weekend).]

PLEASE NOTE: The Perfecting Patience class has been extended due to the covid situation in Auckland. It will now run for 12 sessions followed by a retreat guided meditation session on 12 December. All 12 sessions plus the retreat guided meditations audio recording can be requested. Please use the DCI Audio Recording Request Form. 

Due to the difficult covid situation in Auckland, along with restrictions, Geshe Wangchen and DCI have decided that this class plus the retreat guided meditations will be done via audio recording. We want to keep people safe. 

“Why be unhappy about something if it can be remedied? And what is the use of being unhappy about something if it cannot be remedied?” – Shantideva, from the Patience chapter in his most famous text A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

In this class, Geshe Wangchen will guide us through Shantideva’s advice on how to develop and perfect the quality of patience in our minds. Harbouring angry, painful thoughts disturbs our mental peace, and can lead to other unskilful actions. How can we develop a strong, healthy, happy, resilient mind, that remains undisturbed even when we encounter annoyances, difficulties, setbacks and obstacles? Come find out!

Class Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free) No class registration required. 

Retreat Guided Meditation Session on Sunday, 12 December Facility Fee $10, Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $10) 

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How to Study, Reflect and Meditate on the Buddhist Path

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, 10am (from 20 June – 22 August, please note no class on 11 July or 15 August) 8 Sundays + Retreat Day on Sunday 29 August 

PLEASE NOTE: As Auckland is in Lockdown, DCI is closed for in-person visits. During lockdown, you can request the audio recordings of these classes (including all 8 sessions plus the Retreat Day Guided Meditations). Please use the DCI Audio Recording Request Form.

How should we approach the study and practice of Buddhism? Learn from the life of Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of this tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Find out how Lama Tsongkhapa gained extensive learning, and then went on to acquire experience of the stages of the path, including the profound and extensive paths.

Over 8 Sundays, Geshe-la will lead us in an exploration of Lama Tsongkhapa’s text Destiny Fulfilled: Tsongkhapa’s Spiritual Training as a Song of Realization. The class will finish with a retreat day on 29 August. All-levels welcome.

“Learn, reflect and gain conviction. Then meditate and integrate what you’ve understood within you.” – HH the Dalai Lama from a commentary on Destiny Fulfilled

Class Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

No class registration required.

Retreat Day on Sunday, 29 August
Update: As Auckland is in lockdown, Geshe Wangchen will record guided meditations on this topic. This recording can be requested using the DCI Audio Recording Request Form. It is also possible to use this form to request recordings of any of the 8 sessions of this current Sunday class. Retreat Day Guided Meditations Facility Fee: $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

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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

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Guided Meditations

led by Ven. Carolyn Lawler

Four Mondays 7.30pm (12, 26 July, 2, 9 August) 

[This class was shortened due to lack of attendance, followed by lockdown.]

Everyone is welcome to join in these guided meditation evenings. Various topics of meditation will be included. Drop-ins welcome.

Class Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)

No class registration required.

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Discovering Buddhism Series

Presenting the Path

with FPMT Registered Teacher Simon Harrison

Monday nights 7.30 – 9pm, 12 April – 21 June (no class on Queen’s Birthday) 10 weeks + 1 Retreat Day on Saturday, 26 June 10am – 4pm

Excellent for all levels!

Get an overview of the entire Tibetan Buddhist path to awakening. Hear about the life story of the Buddha and study the basic teachings of Buddhism. Discover the unique system for putting Buddhist philosophy into practice contained in the lam-rim, or “graduated path to enlightenment.”

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

Materials and Admin Support Fee: $20 Printed Reading Packet and Weekly Handouts OR $15 Digital Reading Packet and Printed Weekly Handouts

Retreat Day Facility Fee: $30 Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch. (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors $20 Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch.)

Everyone is welcome to this course. Please register.

 

Transform Your Mind

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
with Geshe Wangchen

10am Sundays: 23, 30 May & 13 June (3 classes)

“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 Friend monthly contributors have free facility fees)

No need to register for the class.
Everyone welcome!

 

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Dependent Arising

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays, 10am (from 28 February – 9 May) 10 Sundays + Retreat Day on Sunday 16 May 10am – 4pm 

“Benevolent teacher, you taught to help all living beings. Emptiness is the essence of those teachings, its highest proof dependent arising.” – Lama Tsongkhapa

Realizing the nature of reality is key to eliminating suffering once and for all; it is the heart of the Buddha’s teachings. After realizing emptiness directly, the first text that Lama Tsongkhapa composed was a brief text called “Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha.” Full of inspiration, it eloquently expounds this heart of the teachings, clarifying emptiness, dependent arising and how to abandon wrong views.

Geshe-la will explain this text over approximately 8 – 10 weeks finishing with a Retreat Day on this important topic.

Class Facility Fee: $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free) No need to register for the weekly classes.

Retreat Facility Fee: $30 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are $20) Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for the potluck lunch. (The Retreat day is on Sunday 16 May, 10am – 4pm)

PLEASE REGISTER for the RETREAT DAY if you wish to attend. You can register here: www.dci.org.nz/one-day-retreat-registration/

 

Discovering Buddhism Series

Refuge in the Three Jewels

with FPMT Registered Teacher Simon Harrison

Monday nights 7.30 – 9pm, 8 – 29 March 2021 (4 weeks)

Excellent for all levels!

Get informed about what it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha), and the essential practices of refuge. Find out more about the advantage of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth.

Facility Fee $10 (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)
Materials Fee: $12 for Printed Materials or $5 for Digital Materials

Please register if you wish to join this class.

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First Class of 2021: The Four Noble Truths

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 14 February, 11am followed by potluck lunch (please bring a dish to share)

& 21 February 10am (no potluck)

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 class is suitable for all levels and everyone is welcome.

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

No registration required.

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Last Class of 2020

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 13 December

11 am Teaching followed by thank-you’s and offering khatags to Geshe-la 

12pm DCI Community Vegetarian Potluck Lunch
(please bring a dish to share)

This will be our last class of the 2020 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 2020. 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 registration required.

 

The 2021 Program will begin on Friday 12 of February 2021 with Tibetan New Year Losar celebrations and the first teaching of the year will be on Sunday 14 February 2020 (see the program calendar for full details).

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Meditate with Geshe-la Series

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 15 Nov, 29 Nov & 6 Dec 10am

Join in as Geshe-la leads guided meditations on these three Sundays. Let go of your end of year stress and settle down on a cushion or a chair for some meaningful time meditating on uplifting topics with Geshe-la. Meditations will be on topics such as:

  • Letting Go & Resilience (recover quickly from difficulties & problems)
  • Love & Compassion
  • Gratitude for all the valuable opportunities we have

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

No registration required.

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Emptiness in Daily Life

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 1 November 10am

How can we use the Buddha’s profound teachings on emptiness in our daily life? How is the fact that al things are empty of inherent existence relevant to our day-to-day life? Come and integrate your understanding of the nature of reality with your life!

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

No registration required.

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Praise to Manjushri

with Geshe Wangchen

Sundays 11 & 18 October 10am

Relying on Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom, can help us to develop our own inner wisdom. Over two Sundays Geshe-la will introduce the meaning of the short, beautiful prayer called “Praise to Manjushri.” All levels welcome.

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

No registration required.

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How to Develop Inner Happiness

with Geshe Wangchen

Sunday 27 September 10am

While various methods for trying to obtain external happiness are widely advertised in our society, in our own experience we can see how these methods and results are not reliable. However the Buddha offered many insights and methods for developing inner happiness. Come and explore some of these methods.

This class is suitable for all levels from beginners through advanced.

Facility Fee $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)
No registration required.

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Songs of Spiritual Experience:

Condensed Points on the Stages of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa

Commentary by Geshe Wangchen

Sundays beginning 5 July 10am 

Duration: This class will be taught over approximately 9 or 10 Sunday morning sessions July till September and will culminate in a One Day Retreat on these topics guided by Geshe Wangchen

Summary: 

“The Buddha and the great teachers who followed him gave clear instructions on how to proceed from a state of suffering to a state of peace and happiness,” explains His Holiness the Dalai Lama. These teachings were distilled into a clear, step-by-step path to enlightenment, or lam-rim, initially by Lama Atisha and subsequently by Lama Tsongkhapa as well as other great yogis and scholars.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasizes that: “The primary goal of these teachings is to discipline and transform the mind. These texts have their source in the sutras and the other teachings of the Buddha himself, but their special virtue is that they convey the thought of the Buddha in a format that is easy to apply in actual practice.”

How did the great yogi Je Tsongkhapa practice? How should we, who aspire to enlightenment, practice? The answers to these questions are contained in this brief, classic lam-rim text Songs of Spiritual Experience: Condensed Points of the Stages of the Path.

This class is suitable for all levels from beginners through advanced.

Facility Fee $10 per class (Dharma Friend Monthly Contributors are free)
No registration required.

Note: All of the previous sessions of this class up to the present are available as audio recordings to be requested here.

Retreat Day Update

As the the NZ Government has extended the Auckland Level 2.5 Lockdown including the limit of a maximum of 10 for gatherings, through 23 September, unfortunately we will be unable to host an in-person One Day Retreat on Sunday 20 September. Instead of the in-person retreat day Geshe-la will record some guided meditations that people can enjoy at home. To request this Sunday’s Guided Lam Rim Meditation Recording click here. 

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