Kitchener Meditation

exchanging self and others

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Event Series Event Series: Kitchener Meditation in March

Tuesday evenings
7 – 8:15pm
@ St Andrews Church
Kids Room
54 Queen St N, Kitchener
with Gen Kelsang Kunden

Each class consists of guided meditations and teachings that we can contemplate and practice throughout the week. Each contemplation has a practical application to solve our daily problems. Through attending classes and putting effort into applying these teachings to our daily lives, we can make great progress increasing our own inner peace. Through engaging in meditation practice we can develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time. If we have a peaceful mind all the time we will be happy all the time, regardless of whether our conditions are good or bad. Now is the time to train in inner peace and happiness by putting Buddha’s teachings into practice.

Questions? Contact education@akbc.ca

What to expect in a class2023-09-14T12:54:21-04:00

What to Expect in a Class

Our meditation classes are for anyone interested in learning how to meditate, regardless of background or beliefs. Classes are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, teachings, and practice.
Every class includes a chance to practise meditation. No prior experience, special equipment or special clothes are necessary for our onsite classes – just come as you are.

Classes are all standalone individual classes that are presented in a series. You do not need to attend the full series to attend a class.

What to expect in a course

Meditation Class Topics

The New Eight Steps to Happiness
Our series of classes are based on transforming our mind from negative to positive by transforming adverse conditions in our life into the spiritual path. These classes are based on the beloved text by Bodhisattva Geshe Langri Tangpa – Eight Verses of Training the Mind. By putting these teachings into practice we can make deep and lasting inner change to solve our daily problems.

This book is based on The New Eight Steps to Happiness.

The classes are presented in a series but each class is stand-alone. You do not need to attend the full series to benefit from the classes.

$15 drop-in |  $48 for any 4 classes (series pass) | Free for members

Tickets can be purchased at the door or through Eventbrite.  No registration necessary

The Cherishing Heart

January meditation series

In this January series we will look at how we can learn to cherish others. By developing this mind of love for others we can fulfill our wish for unchanging deep and lasting happiness.  We will look in depth at the verse:

learning to cherish others

With the intention to attain
The ultimate, supreme goal
That surpasses even the wish-granting jewel,
May I constantly cherish all living beings.

By contemplating the deep meaning of this verse and by putting these teachings into practice, we will improve our capacity to view living beings with a warm heart and balanced mind.

Enhancing Cherishing Love

February meditation series

enhancing cherishing love

Whenever I associate with others,
May I view myself as the lowest of all;
And with a pure intention,
May I cherish others as supreme.

With this verse we learn to deeply appreciate other living beings. To do this we need stop our negative pattern of focusing on their faults and instead to pay attention to their good qualities. By training in this way we can also learn to overcome the deluded pride we often carry that manifests as arrogance, low self -esteem and lack of confidence.

Exchanging Self with Others

March meditation series

exchanging self with others

Examining my mental continuum throughout
    all my actions,
As soon as a delusion of self-cherishing develops
Whereby I or others would act inappropriately,
May I firmly face it and avert it.

Our daily problems arise from the negative mind of self-cherishing – a completely mistaken mind that has no basis in reality. This negative mind is the source of all our mental pain and the creator of all our difficulties. By learning to recognize this mind of self-cherishing when it arises, we will deepen our wisdom and be able to generate a powerful peaceful mind. Abandoning self-cherishing is the key to increasing happiness, love, and compassion. And we can accomplish this by using all situations we encounter as an opportunity to train in overcoming this most negative mind.

Great Compassion

April meditation series

great compassion

Whenever I see unfortunate beings
Oppressed by evil and violent suffering,
May I cherish them as if I had found
A rare and precious treasure.

Having gained some experience of cherishing all living beings, we can now extend and deepen our compassion to extend to all living beings. This compassion, univeral compassion, will eventually transform into the compassion of a Buddha who actually has the power to liberate all living beings.

Wishing Love

May meditation series

June meditation series - transforming adverse conditions

Even if someone I have helped
And of whom I had great hopes
Nevertheless harms me intentionally,
May I see him or her as my holy Spiritual Guide.

The main purpose of this verse is to teach us how to develop and improve our experience of wishing love. Through contemplating deeply how those that we deeply love and cherish lack true happiness, we develop a strong and powerful experience of wishing love – wishing all living beings to experience true happiness.

Transforming Adverse Conditions

June meditation series

June meditation series - transforming adverse conditions

When things are going well, and people are kind and treating us with respect, it is not so difficult to wish for them to be happy. However, if our love for others diminishes as soon as they cause us problems or fail to appreciate us, this indicates that our love is not pure. For as long as our good feelings for others are conditional upon their treating us well, our love will be weak and unstable and we will not be able to transform it into universal love. However if we develop real patience our mind will be as stable as a mountain and as calm as the depths of an ocean.

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Contact Info

143 Wyndham St N, Suite 203 Guelph, ON N1H 4E9

Phone: 1.226.486.2417

Web: akbc.ca

Registered Charity Number

81467 9429 RR0001

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