Orient your life towards lasting genuine happiness through cultivating awareness of the causes that lead to that happiness.
The first step in any journey is to recognise where you are right now and where you would ultimately like to be. To do this, you will need to take a long and hard look at your present conditions and ask yourself if you are really satisfied with your situation. If you can begin to see the possibilities for greater happiness, then you can start to think about potential changes that you could make. In this introductory program, you will explore a variety of concepts drawn from the foundational teachings of Buddhism as a way to develop greater insight into what is truly important in your life. Based on these insights, you will begin to shape your personal aspirations and identify practical strategies for how to make those aspirations manifest.
This program aims to:
- provide you with practical methods for coping with daily problems, thereby promoting greater stability of mind
- bring greater awareness into the aspects of your life that are causing these problems to arise, thereby indicating potential strategies that could be used to remove these causes
- foster an unbiased approach to working with a diversity of beliefs that supports an ongoing process of spiritual development
Even though the mind is the basis for all experiences, most people know very little about this incredibly important phenomena. In this course you will learn about what the mind is, how it functions and how it can be used to cultivate positive qualities that will help you to improve your overall quality of life. You will specifically focus on how to use meditation as an inner technology for spiritual transformation.
Deep down, everyone is searching for happiness and freedom from suffering, and yet most of us don’t really know how to go about achieving that aim. In this course, you will learn about the nature of genuine happiness and the types of phenomena which are actually capable of supporting it. Through the use of analytical meditation, you will look closely at the nature of your ordinary experience in order to develop insight into what makes life truly meaningful.
We are each unique in how we experience this world, which means that we will each benefit differently from different approaches to solving the problems that we face. In this course, you will learn how to develop an unbiased attitude that can be used to evaluate a wide variety of belief systems in order to identify the system that will work best for your individual needs. In this process, you will gain a broad understanding of how the Kalachakra Path fits into the larger context of the world’s wisdom traditions in general and into Buddhism in particular.
In this three day retreat, you will be introduced to different types of meditation techniques that can be used to cultivate the faculties of mindfulness and introspection. On the basis of these faculties you will learn how to develop a mind that is relaxed, stable and vividly aware.
Formal meditation is only one part of a well rounded spiritual practice. In this three day retreat, you will learn how to make use of each and every moment of the time spent between your formal sessions. You will look at a wide variety of situations that you may encounter throughout your day and learn how to bring meaning and purpose into those activities.
For those who feel a strong desire to engage in Buddhist practice, the Kalachakra Path offers a uniquely comprehensive and powerful system that can be used to cultivate inner peace and social harmony. In this retreat, you will be introduced to the distinctive characteristics of this system as well as the general features of its practice. You will also receive the oral transmission of the Divine Ladder practice text.