General Program Class

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:15pm

with Joseph Giacona

Online + In Person

This class is rebroadcast on Friday at 11:00am (sold separately)

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Eight Steps to Happiness: The Practice of Loving Kindness

Why is it so hard to be and stay happy? According to Buddha, it’s not.
In fact, it can be done in as few as 8 steps. What it requires is a
drastic change in the way we view ourselves and others, as well as in
how we respond to the conflicts and hardships that arise in our lives.

Based on the book “Eight Steps to Happiness,” this series will
introduce us to eight inspiring verses which comprise one of
Buddhism’s most popular teachings, Eight Verses for Training the Mind.
Each verse will show us how to transform our mind from our ordinary
self-oriented perspective into the loving, courageous and wise heart
of a Bodhisattva, a being bound for enlightenment.

Through talks and guided meditations, Joseph will take us into the heart of this practice. Everyone welcome.

May 18 Introduction: Temporary Happiness is not Good Enough
May 25 Step One: Learning to Cherish Others
June 1 Cherishing Others Solves all our Daily Problems
June 8 Step Two: Looking into the Mirror of Dharma (with Teri Proschuk)
June 15 Viewing All Living Beings as Supreme (with Teri Proschuk)
June 22 Step Three: A Radical Approach to Love
June 29 Step Four: Why Compassion is a Joyful State of Mind
July 6 Step Five: Reducing Our Fear and Anxiety Through Love
July 13 Turning Conflict into Harmony
July 20 Step Six: Accepting Defeat, Offering the Victory
July 27 Step Seven: Tonglen: the Practice of Taking and Giving
Aug 3 Step Eight: Profound Love in a Time of Crisis

Details

Our General Program classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations
These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners
General meditation classes are given as a series, but can also be taken individually
No special clothing is required
For those attending in person, chairs and cushions are supplied
Please see our current Covid guidelines here
Everyone welcome!

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