This class is open to everyone who wishes to deepen their practice and experience of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. Through in-depth study and practise, it helps us close the gap between the inspiring teachings we hear at the Centre and practising them in our daily life. We learn how to integrate all the meditation practises and wisdom advice from Buddha into our normal daily life. In this way we gradually find a deep inner peace and happiness in our lives.
Monday Study Class offers a structured approach to learning Buddhist meditation through the study of the book Modern Buddhism and classes consist of Prayers for Meditation, guided meditations, teachings and discussion.
You can register as a Study Program Member or pay $15/class.
Nov 4 – What is the real meaning of human life?
Material possessions, reputation, good looks, power, excitement, adventure and relationships can make us superficially happy for a short time, but they can never give us the real happiness that in our hearts we long for. This we can find only through an authentic spiritual practice.
Chapter: The Preciousness of our Human Life
Nov 11 – Remembrance Day – no class
Nov 18 – How awareness of death enriches our life
Although we usually do not like to think about death, Buddha says awareness of our mortality is the best way to make our life truly meaningful. Meditating on death opens the door to the spiritual path.
Chapter: What Does our Death Mean?
Nov 25 – Avoiding future suffering
We may wonder what happens when we die. Buddha taught that the kind of rebirth we take depends on our actions, or karma, and he explained that performing non-virtuous actions is the main cause of taking lower rebirth. How can we be sure we do not take lower rebirth in our next life?
Chapter: The Dangers of Lower Rebirth
Dec 2 – Who can really protect us?
When our life is in danger or we are threatened or sick we usually seek refuge in the police, doctors etc. But they can provide only temporary protection. We can enjoy permanent liberation from all sufferings only by seeking refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Chapter: Going for Refuge
Dec 9 – Do you believe in karma?
From non-virtuous actions comes suffering and from virtuous actions comes happiness: if we believe this, we believe in karma. Buddha gave extensive teachings that prove the truth of this statement and showed how we can use our understanding of karma to avoid future suffering and enjoy pure happiness.
Chapter: What is Karma?
Dec 16 – The truth about suffering
In general, everyone who has physical or mental pain, even animals, understands their own suffering; but when Buddha said in his first teaching, ‘You should know sufferings,’ he meant that we should know the sufferings of our future lives and develop a strong wish to liberate ourself from them now while we have the opportunity.
Chapter: What We Should Know
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Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre
9550 87 Street
Edmonton AB T6C 3J1