September 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Collingwood Public Library
55 Ste Marie St
Collingwood, ON L9Y 0W6


Essence of Dharma: step-by-step meditations to perfect happiness


with Gen Kelsang Suma


‘Lamrim’ meditation – literally, ‘the stages of the path to enlightenment’ – is the bedrock of the Buddhist spiritual path. It consists of a series of meditations that reveal the key mindsets we need to cultivate if we wish to improve our happiness and attain liberation and enlightenment. The course is ideal for anyone wanting to gain an overview of the Buddhist spiritual path, as well as for those looking to deepen their daily practice.

Classes will be taught in more depth than some of our other general program classes. Each will begin with a short recitation of chanted Buddhist prayers and a guided breathing meditation, to help settle our mind.  We’ll then listen to a teaching on one of the Lamrim topics. Finally, we will engage in a guided contemplative meditation focused on the content explored in the teaching. There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the class.

Everyone is welcome. These are drop-in classes so come anytime.


The happiness of living meaningfully –  a spiritual life

Sept 4      Our precious human life: awakening to our potential

Sept 11    What does our death mean?

Sept 18    Lower rebirth: could this happen to me?

Sept 25    Refuge practice: finding safe harbour

Oct 2       Actions and their effects: shifting the winds of our karma

The happiness of perfect inner freedom – liberation

Oct 9     What we should know: the sufferings of samsara

Oct 16    What we should abandon: the real causes of our suffering

Oct 23    What we should practice: a reliable route to lasting freedom

Oct 30    What we should attain: the risks of complacency

The pure happiness of benefiting others –  enlightenment

Nov 6      Cherishing others: may everyone be happy

Nov 13    Universal compassion: may everyone be free

Nov 20    Bodhichitta: the supreme good heart

Nov 27    The Bodhisattva’s way of life

Dec 4      Emptiness: ultimate truth, reality

Dec 11    Relying upon a spiritual guide: the root of the path

Dec 18    A complete Path