Wednesdays

Buddhism for Modern Times

Drop-in meditation classes for everyone

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:15 pm

Wednesday evening offers a new series following the book, Modern Buddhism, by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, founder of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. This precious book explains all the stages of the path to enlightenment in an easily accessible, sequential format. We will be using Prayers for Meditation in these classes.

Classes will be taught by our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khacho.

$12 drop-in / $90 for series of nine classes
Free for Supporting Members
Everybody welcome!

Program

Oct. 7: Scientific methods taught by Buddha
Buddha’s teachings are scientific methods to solve the problems of all living beings permanently. By putting his teachings into practice, we will become permanently free from all our suffering and problems and eventually enjoy pure, everlasting happiness.

Oct 14: Faith – The key to inner peace
When our mind is peaceful and calm we are really happy; but if our mind is not peaceful we are not happy, even if our external conditions are perfect. By receiving Buddha’s blessings with a mind of faith, we will experience mental peace and enjoy true happiness within.

Oct 21: How our mind continues after death
When we understand that our mind is a separate entity from our body, we realize that even when our body dies our mind continues. In this way, we can understand clearly the existence of our future lives and prepare for them now, in this life. There is nothing more meaningful.

Oct 28: No class due to NKT International Fall Festival – everybody welcome – register online

Nov 4: What is modern Kadampa Buddhism?
Modern Kadampa Buddhism is a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings that is especially suited to the modern world. Everyone, even non-Buddhists, can benefit from it. Discover how it can help you transform your life.

Nov 11: Controlling our mind with Lamrim
Everyone needs to make their life happy and meaningful, to solve temporarily their human problems, and ultimately to find pure and everlasting happiness. We can accomplish this through Buddha’s Lamrim teachings from which we learn how to control our anger, attachment, jealousy, and especially ignorance.

Nov 18: Public Talk with our National Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab. More information and registration coming soon.

Nov 25: What is meditation and how does it help?
We want to be happy all the time, even during our dreams. How can we do this? Through training in meditation. Meditation makes our mind become peaceful, and when our mind is peaceful we are happy all the time, even if our external conditions are poor.

Dec 2: What is the real meaning of human life?
Material possessions, reputation, good looks, power, excitement, adventure, and relationships can make us superficially happy for a short time, but they can never give us the real happiness that we long for in our heart. This we can find only through authentic spiritual practice.

Dec 9: How awareness of death enriches our life
Although we usually do not like to think about death, Buddha says awareness of our mortality is the best way to make our life truly meaningful. Meditating on death opens the door to the spiritual path.

Dec 16: Avoiding future suffering
We may wonder what happens when we die. Buddha taught that the kind of rebirth we take depends on our actions, or karma, and he explained that performing non-virtuous actions is the main cause of taking lower rebirth. How can we be sure we do not take lower rebirth in our next life?

Free download of Modern Buddhism here.

NOTE: Pre-registration recommended: there is room for only a limited number of people to attend at the Centre. Social distancing and special hygiene protocols will be in place, and please do not come to the Centre if you feel unwell. These classes will also be streamed online.

Supporting Members: If you’d like to attend in person, please contact our Admin Director at akshobyaadmin@gmail.com at least 60 minutes before a class.

Registration for streamed classes from Akshobya Centre is open to everyone living in southern Alberta (Red Deer and south). Not in Southern Alberta? Check out https://kadampa.org/centres-modern-buddhism to find live streaming classes from a Kadampa centre near you.