Meditation & Buddhism
DROP IN CLASSES
WEDNESDAYS
7** – 8:15PM
with Kelsang Shechog

Class fee: $10 | Free for Centre Members

Classes held at English Teaching College (ETC), Mackay House, Level 2, 92 Queens Dr, Lower Hutt
**Please arrive on time for this class as the doors shut at 7pm

Suitable for everyone, these walk-in classes offer practical methods to help everyone find inner peace, happiness and well-being through meditation and Buddhist teachings. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in any week. Beginners welcome.

Upcoming Classes & Dates

NZ Festival Events: January 17 - 24

Join us at our National Festival with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition. Events include:

17 January: The Power to be Happy – An Inspirational Evening
18 – 21 January: The New Zealand Festival – Love is the Great Protector
22 – 24 January: Post Festival retreat with Kelsang Luma, Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre.

The Power to be Happy: January 30; February 13, 20

This series is a follow on to our special evening with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa: The Power to be Happy – You don’t want to miss this inspiring international speaker. Then take the teachings a little deeper with our follow-on series with our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Shechog.

Within each of us exists the power to be permanently happy, profoundly peaceful and deeply joyful. Classes will explain how to use the power of meditation to tap into this potential for lasting happiness and make every moment of our life joyful, meaningful and rewarding.

· Use tried & tested positive thinking techniques to transform your life

· Learn practical tools to solve your daily problems

· Overcome painful feelings & experience peace

· Discover how to get the most out of all your experiences

Everybody is welcome. This series is a great introduction for those who are new to Buddhist teachings and will give you the power and confidence to make 2019 the best year yet.

How to Solve Our Problems: February 27; March 6, 13, 20

In this busy world, our experiences of happiness are fleeting and short-lived, while inner peace eludes us completely. We want happiness and freedom from problems, but problems keep coming.

This series of classes will be based on the book, How To Solve Our Human Problems, a practical manual on Buddha’s popular teaching on the Four Noble Truths. Through teachings and guided meditations, Kelsang Shechog will help us learn practical methods we can use right now to bring about the positive and lasting changes we long for.

The Art of Meditation: March 27; April 3,10 ,17

Meditation is an amazing method for cultivating an inner experience of peace and happiness. But it is not only a technique; it is an art through which we can take the raw materials of our daily life experiences and transform them into something extraordinary. Through the art of meditation we learn to transform even our problems into the means for actualizing our potential.

Everyone can learn the art of meditation. In this series, Kelsang Shechog will explain how to practice meditation skillfully, and how through mindfulness we can integrate its benefits into our life. Everyone welcome.

Freedom from Craving and Attachment: May 1, 8, 15, 22

Discover the inner peace and mental freedom that comes from learning how to let go of habits of craving and attachment. We all experience craving in our lives, whether its for people, food, smartphones, or unhealthy substances. If we don’t have skilful ways of dealing with this habit of craving, it can easily lead to strong attachment and addictive tendencies. In this way it can easily undermine our peace of mind, happiness and self-esteem.

In this series we will explore meditations and mindfulness practises for daily life that will enable us to become free of craving and attachment. We will learn how to identify craving and attachment as it arises in our minds, and learn how to let it go. We will explore how meditation enables us to connect to and develop, a deep and natural source of inner peace, happiness and well-being within our own mind.

Meditations for a Clear Mind: May 29; June 5, 12, 19

Our mind’s true nature is like a clear sky, but so often it’s clouded by our busy, uncontrolled (and sometimes negative) thoughts. Learn how you can experience the inner peace and joy of a clear mind through simple meditations. Everyone is welcome!

Class Format

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace. Our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Shechog, will then give a practical teaching based on the topic of the class series and explain how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives. The class concludes with a guided meditation, designed to help us take the teaching to heart in such a way that we are confident in beginning to practice it on our own.

Afterwards there is opportunity for questions and discussion, and a chance to talk to the teacher and other students informally.

THE VENUE

English Teaching College (ETC)
Level 1, 40-44 Bloomfield Terrace
Lower Hutt