Sunday Study and Practice Group

 

Practice starts 10.15 am., Study Group at 11.30 am. every Sunday at the Nelson Buddhist Centre

Every Sunday there is an in-depth group exploration into the meaning of significant Buddhist teachings. The Sunday group has been operating for many months and participants have found it useful and enjoyable and so are keen for it to continue. Recently the group completed a cycle of study so now is a good time for newcomers who might like to take part to join in.

The current group consists of people from a wide range of backgrounds, not all Buddhist. All are most welcome.

 

The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas

by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

 

Cycle starts 11.30 am. Sunday 2nd December

A pithy set of mind training instructions which presents an entire view of the path of a bodhisattva, someone whose aim is to be of benefit to all sentient beings. If you want to know what the Buddhist path is, this is a complete description. It will doubtless provoke much thought and discussion.

 

Sunday Practice Session

10.15 - 11.30 am every Sunday

 Each week, prior to the study group, there is a practice session based on the Rigdzin Practice Book which includes meditations on Manjusri (for clarity from confusion) and Vajrasattva (for purification of negative thoughts and actions.) It concludes with a short reading of the King of Prayers - Samantabhadra's Prayer for Excellent Conduct, an inspirational practice which invokes the highest aspirations of the human spirit.

 

You are welcome to attend either the practice session and/or the study group.

 

Cost: Donation at the door. Free to members.

         

  

Wednesday Evening Dharma Clinic

Every Wednesday 6.45 - 8.15 pm (after the 6 pm meditation) 

The Dharma Clinic offers both Buddhist teachings on everyday issues that affect us all, and an opportunity to have any questions you may have on Buddhism or on life in general answered.  The first Wednesday of each month will be devoted to a different topic (such as grief, God, suffering, happiness, compassion, anxiety, anger, acceptance etc). This is an opportunity to explore an idea in depth, understand the Buddhist view on it, and to develop your skills in managing these different aspects of life. The other sessions throughout the month will be an opportunity to have any questions you have answered. These questions can be on a wide range of subjects, from understanding Buddhist philosophy to understanding your emotions or any current challenges you may be facing. If you don't have any questions you are welcome to join and benefit from the questions and sharing of others. 
 
Buddhism is an extremely practical philosophy. These evenings are designed to help solve real-world, modern-day problems, so that we may reduce our suffering, and benefit from a better experience of life. 
You are also invited to join us from 6 - 6.45pm for a silent meditation (optional).
NB: There are no rituals, teachings are non-religious, and people of all faiths are welcome. 
  
About Keith Rowan:
Keith has, since 1973, travelled 5 continents studying the Dharma. He has been privileged to have had teachings from many of the greatest Buddhist masters of our time, including Namgyal Rinpoche, Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, Sogyal Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, H.H. Dalai Lama, and many more. Keith has been sharing the Dharma and facilitating retreats for over 20 years in several countries. Keith's particular skill though is in taking the core essence of Buddhism and making it accessible to the western mind and practical for today's world.
 

Cost: Both the Dharma Clinic and the meditation sessions are free (though any donations to support the centre are gratefully received should you feel inspired to give).

   

   

Free Meditation & Mindfulness Training

Tuesday Evenings 5.30pm to ~6.10pm  

Discover the scientifically proven benefits of meditation and mindfulness…Reduce stress levels

  • Manage your emotions better
  • Improve heart health
  • Increase general well-being and happiness
  • Improve your ability to focus
  • Gain more clarity in your relationships, business and yourself
  • Recommend by doctors, therapists & business leaders

Both meditation and mindfulness practices are non-religious and scientifically proven methods for improving your physical, mental and emotional health. They are also considered essential to success by many entrepreneurs and executives.  In this ongoing training you will learn and practice a variety of simple techniques that you can use at home and in your everyday life.

Everyone Welcome

Cost: Free. 

Note: Although the training is held at the Buddhist centre, the teacher is not Buddhist, and the methods taught are secular. 

  

Daily Group Meditation

Weekday Evenings Monday to Thursday 6.00pm to ~6.40pm  NOTE: 6.15pm start on Tuesdays

In group meditation the benefit flows in two directions .. towards you, and towards others. Your practice not only supports you but encourages others. Please come along and practise whatever silent sitting meditation you are accustomed to.

Cost: Donation at the door (free to members.)

  

Chenrezig: A guided group practice

Monday mornings 7:15am - 8.00am

All are welcome to attend.

The meditation of Chenrezig is a Tibetan-based Buddhist meditation that embodies the union of wisdom and compassion. It is an exploration of rich symbolic imagery that enables one to connect deeply with these two qualities in oneself and therefore in others.

       

Saturday Morning Meditation Sessions  

 Every Saturday morning

10:30am -12:30pm

 Open Ngon-Dro (Foundation) Practice

All are welcome to attend this practice period, every Saturday morning. An opportunity to accumulate your Ngon-Dro in the supportive atmosphere of the Nelson Buddhist Centre with fellow students. No fixed schedule. Just work on whatever practice you are currently engaged with.

Cost: Donation (Free to NBC members.)