7:00 – 8.30 pm
These modular or ‘mini’ courses, each four weeks long, will be taught by Gen Suma. You can register for the whole course either online or at the first class, and your course fee of $40 will cover all the classes in that module.
Each class will begin with a meditation. This will be followed by a teaching, discussion and a final contemplation.
Please register at the Centre on the first class. Online registration will be available for the October course.
Understanding Our Emotions: a Buddhist perspective
A four-week course: Sept 6, 13, 20, 27
In this course we will explore our feelings and where they come from. At the moment we believe that people and things ‘make’ us feel good or bad. From a Buddhist point of view this is a huge mistake – and one that lies at the root of all our painful emotions. Once we understand that our feelings aren’t caused by anything external, but arise from potentials existing within our mind, we’ll be free to change our experiences of people and situations in positive, beneficial ways.
A Love that Never Hurts
A four-week course: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25
We all yearn for relationships that are happy and fulfilling. Yet, because of our unrealistic expectations of others we often find ourselves caught up in misunderstandings, disappointments and even bitter disagreements with those who are dear to us. Gen Suma will explain Buddha’s teachings on the nature of love and share some steps we can take toward improving the quality of our own love, thereby laying the foundation for meaningful, more enjoyable and nourishing relationships.
Exploring Addictive Tendencies
A four-week course: Nov 1, 8 (no class), 15, 22, 29
We all have habits we want to break. Some of our habits that initially seem harmless can grow out of control and end up destroying our health, happiness and relationships. In this course we will explore the inner causes of our bad habits, and learn how we can gradually overcome addictive tendencies by using spiritual practices such as mindfulness, meditation, positive determinations and prayer.