Meditation Classes


Beginners
Meditation

Tues: 7pm

Starts 23 Jan - 27 March   (10 weeks)         

Lead by Jackie Leone

For those starting on the path of meditation practice; we will look at the basics of Buddhist meditation, helping people to gain a clear, practical and useful foundation.

In this course we will focus on meditation practice, supported by basic teachings (eg The Four Noble Truths), readings from various Kagyu texts, discussion, and home practice.

We will also learn to see ourselves as innately calm, peaceful and happy.

We maintain that our present imperfect self is much better and more full of grace, than the perfect state we intend to attain in the future.

Lead by Jackie Leone

Members: no cost

Non Members R60 per session or  10 week package deal of R540 payable by the second evening after the start of the course.

 

Thurs morning Meditation with Pauline

Thurs: 11am

Starts Jan 18th          

 

 

There will be sitting meditation, followed by an explanation of the significance of Guru Rinpoche on the Dharma.

No charge.

 

Intermediate Meditation

Wed: 7pm

Starts 17 Jan - 28 Mar        (11 weeks)

 

 

For those with some meditation experience

Lead by Andrew Steyn

The Four Contemplations

During the year we will look at four observations fundamental to the Buddhist view. These are known as ‘the four thoughts that turn the mind’ to the Dharma:  Precious Human Birth, Impermanence, Karma Cause and Effect, and Defects of Samsara

By reflecting on what they mean and how they relate to our lives, this contemplative practice gives incentive to look more deeply and to somehow practice a spiritual path. It is in this context that we will seek to deepen our understanding of meditation, what it is and how we should proceed with it.

Cost

Members: no cost

Non Members R60 per session or  10 week package deal of R590 payable by the second evening after the start of the course.

 

 

The Teachings of Akong Rinpoche & Chogyam Trungpa

Mon: 7pm - 8pm Duration Jan - Jun 2018 (1st term starting 22 Jan - 10 weeks

 

Insight Training with Rob Nairn

Alternate Thursdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm (starting Thursday January 18th – 5 weeks)

 


Understanding the Mahayana

Alternate Thursdays with Luke Younge

7:00 to 8:30 pm (starting Thursday Jan 25th – 5 weeks)

 

 

Cutting Through Self-Illusion

Facilitator: Andrew Bank

The idea that our invention of a Self is an illusion is at the very heart of our suffering and was surely the most radical and significant of the Buddha’s teachings. This course examines, through sitting and discussion, the ways in which our minds create, recreate and reinforce this Self-Illusion. Then in each session we will follow the teachings of two remarkable Tibetan masters of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, Akong Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa, who have explored methods of cutting through our alienating Self-attachment through compassion-in-action and crazy-wisdom.

The potential benefits of the course include: an exploration of the ways in which our concepts of Self limit our potential for freedom and compassionate action; an opening to our fundamental connection with other sentient beings including our lineage teachers; an appreciation of the importance of maintaining balance in our daily lives; a recognition that working on wisdom-compassion from within is the most skilful means of being of service to other sentient beings; and deepened appreciation of the actions and writings of these two masters in laying the groundwork for our own spiritual practice and development.

Recommended Texts:

Akong Rinpoche, Taming the Tiger: Tibetan Teachings for Improving Daily Life (London: Random House, 1994)

Akong Rinpoche, Restoring the Balance (1997)

Carolyn Rose Gilman, eds., The Essential Chogyam Trungpa (Boston and London: Shambala, 1999).

Cost   Members: no cost

Non Members R60 per session or  10 week package deal of R590 payable by the second evening after the start of the course.


The practice of mindfulness and compassion lead to deeper insights into the mind. Rob Nairn will lead insight training, co-facilitated by Jenny Canau. The group will enter into their 6th year of training, and anyone wanting to join, please contact
Jenny Canau on (dharma@discoverymail.co.za

Cost   Members: no cost

Non Members R60 per session or  5 week package deal of R270 payable by the second evening after the start of the course.


- Travelling from Planet Ego to the Universe of Altruism

"Studying, questioning and learning with others in a community of awakening engages your heart as well as your mind." – Ponlop Rinpoche

In the Mahayana teachings we look at the possibility of generating limitless compassion, the unbounded intention to help all sentient beings. This motivation and its application are based on the central Mahayana notion that all sentient beings possess buddha nature, the potential to become a perfect buddha.

These teachings guide us in becoming less self-centered and more compassionate in our relationships with others. They provide both a profound view of reality and very practical means for helping others.

We have negotiated special access to audio recordings and readings from the newly devised Mahayana course, currently being taught by Ponlop Rinpoche's senior students in Seattle.

Cost   Members: no cost

Non Members R60 per session or  5 week package deal of R270 payable by the second evening after the start of the course.

 

Sunday Morning Retreat

Last Sun of month:
9am - 1pm

Next dates  28 Jan, 25 Feb, 25 Mar, 29 Apr, 27 May, 24 Jun, 29 Jul, 26 Aug

A wonderful opportunity to come together and meditate as a sangha. Practitioners of all levels are welcome and the morning alternates between easy going 30 minute meditation sessions, walking meditation and a tea break. We often finish with a short guided compassion practice.

Noble silence is observed throughout the morning but discussion on aspects of meditation or your observations are welcomed.

Cost: R60 for non-member. Members no cost.

 

Tara Rokpa therapy

Alternate Sat

 

Back to Beginnings is a psycho-therapeutic approach with approximately a two year commitment. It involves an in-depth and systematic review of one’s personal life story with a view to understanding its deeper implications for our ways of being and acting in the world.

For more info contact Lorna Oosthuizen lornaoosthuizen7@gmail.com

 

Mahamudra

 

 

The group is for students of Tai Situpa’s Ocean of Definitive meaning year 1 group & is open to anyone doing Ngondro.  We will be following the prayers given by Situ Rinpoche which are slightly different from those currently in use and practiced with Pauline’s Ngondro group.  The Mahamudra practice group meets twice a month

For more info contact Roseanne Turner hershey@mweb.co.za  or  call 071 8977 190