Real love takes us out of our selves and into a joyful life. Without being aware of it we can become drawn into a painful bubble of self-focus which makes us miserable day and night. The key to escaping this suffering is to learn the empowering practice of “exchanging self with others,” Buddha’s profound meditations on cherishing love.
When we cherish others, we become more aware of the happiness and wellbeing of others. We begin to see how benefiting others is vastly superior to any other purpose, in terms of happiness, success and confidence. Historically known as the “holy secret of training the mind”, this sequence of spiritual practices has been helping to heal hearts and liberate minds since it was first taught by Buddha 2,500 years ago.
Every Fourth of July we celebrate our freedom, but Buddha invites us to ask ourselves: how free are we in our hearts? Are there ways of thinking that keep us trapped and bound to an unsatisfying, burdened life?
In this talk we will explore how identify the mental chains that keep us imprisoned in our hearts, and how to break free. Exercising our freedom in our heart leads us to enjoying more and more of it, making this truly a Happy Independence Day!
THIS TALK IS STREAMED ON-LINE ONLY
$10 regular | Free for members
$7 for Student/Seniors (Enter discount code at checkout: KINDNESS)
The very essence of Buddha’s teachings is compassion. While we all know compassion is a virtue, we may not understand that it holds the key to our happiness, or how essential it is to our own daily lives. In a world of so much pain and suffering, how do we develop a joyful heart full of hope? Through compassion. How do we truly help others? Through compassion.
In this series, we will learn Buddhist compassion, a compassion based on special wisdom. We will explore how to expand our compassionate heart to include everyone, and how to use it to transform our suffering and the suffering of others into deep and lasting happiness.
JULY 7, 18 & 25 CLASSES ARE STREAMED ONLINE ONLY
AUG 1 CLASS IS BOTH LIVE-STREAMED AND IN-PERSON - THANK YOU
"Lamrim" meditations are a special sequence of meditations which contain all Buddha’s teachings. They are renowned as supreme medicine for our mind, and are practical and suitable for everyone. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to benefit from these classes. Gaining experience of the sequence of Lamrim offers incredible benefits, both immediately and in the long term.
Our Sunday morning classes will offer you the full sequence of Lamrim meditations over the course of 2021. Each month a different part of the Lamrim sequence is explored. Taught by Resident Teacher Trina Gunther, each class includes: a preliminary meditation to reduce distractions and quiet the mind followed by a short chanted prayer, the presentation of a Lamrim meditation including guided meditation, and an opportunity for questions.
“Kadam Lamrim is the supreme medicine that can permanently cure all the sufferings of sickness, aging, death and rebirth; it is the scientific method to improve our human nature and qualities, and to solve our daily problems. Kadam Lamrim is the great mirror of Dharma in which we can see the way things really are; and through which we can see what we should know, what we should abandon, what we should practice, and what we should attain. And it is only by using this mirror that we can see the great kindness of all living beings.”
-- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Trina Gunther is a long-time practitioner of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. She has studied and practiced in Dharma centers under Gen-la Dekyong and Gen Rigpa, and she has worked as Education Program Coordinator at centers in Los Angeles and the UK. She is an inspiring example of a lay practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, and brings with her a wealth of practical experience of putting Buddha's teachings into practice amidst a busy daily life.
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