Introduction to the Spiritual Dimensions of Buddhism
10 consecutive Wednesdays, 7:00pm-9:00pm, October 3rd to December 5th 2012.
This structured course will be a comprehensive introduction to Buddhism with the emphasis on practice – rather than dry theory. In keeping with all spiritual practices, we will endeavor to strike a balance in engaging both the heart and the mind.
We will start out by learning the art of Buddhist meditation, providing the opportunity to practice meditation in a supportive setting – a space dedicated to Buddhist practice for over ten years – with practical instructions, guidelines and advice for anyone wishing to bring meditation into their life.
We will introduce and practice the Mindfulness of Breathing, the Cultivation of Loving Kindness (Metta Bhavana), Just Sitting meditation, Body Awareness, posture, ways to work with distraction, and other topics arising from these experiences. Participants will also benefit from practicing regularly with a consistent group, with check-ins on individual practice.
Building on our meditation practice, in the second part of the course we will turn our attention to the Buddha’s teaching.
The Buddha’s first teaching following his Enlightenment, focused on that with which we are all too familiar: the problem of human dissatisfaction or suffering. With great compassion, the Buddha saw through the ways we strive to find satisfaction and happiness and why we repeatedly do not get the results we are looking for. As an alternative approach, the Buddha offered the profound teaching of the Four Noble Truths that carries the potential to radically re-orient our search for happiness – the driving force behind our lives. To understand the Four Noble Truths is to understand a core principle at the very heart of Buddhism.
By the end of the course, participants will have established an ongoing meditation practice and through a comprehensive exploration of the Buddhist precepts – ethical guidelines common to all forms of Buddhism – been given the ‘lens’ with which to view the world from a Buddhist perspective, allowing us to live our lives and engage with the modern world in a new, exciting and fulfilling way.
The course instructor – Dharmachari Dayasiddhi, an established Dharma teacher with the Triratna Vancouver sangha – will ensure the material is presented in an accessible, friendly way with ample opportunity for questions and comments over refreshments each evening.
Suggested donation – sliding scale $100 to $150
REGISTRATION IS STRICTLY LIMITED TO TWELVE PARTICIPANTS
To register, go to the ‘Contact Us’ section of our website: www.vancouverbuddhistcentre.com