Foundation Program (FP) was designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche as means to facilitate the development of our unlimited spiritual potential. The main purpose of study is to be able to integrate Buddhist teachings in our daily activities and thereby improve the quality of our life. Ultimately, FP functions to lead us to the everlasting happiness of liberation and enlightenment. Thus, we establish a foundation for lasting inner peace.
Everyone welcome. Study begins of the book ‘The New Heart of Wisdom’ by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Wednesday February 12, 2020
7 – 10 pm
What is our mind? What is its purpose and function? How do we rid our mind of faults? These are some of the many questions that will be explored in this day course. Buddha said ‘if you realize your own mind you will become a Buddha. You should not seek Buddhahood elsewhere.’ With this in mind, we should try and develop a keen interest in understanding our own mind. If we check carefully, we see that since our mind is uncontrolled and that we lack interest in understanding it, this is precisely why we experience unhappiness. Since there is not a single living being that does not wish for happiness, then we should definitely learn more about our own mind.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2020
10 am – 1 pm
Cardholders 1/2 price
Wisdom in this context, refers to the ultimate truth concerning the nature of reality. If we do not understand the actual nature of our reality, then there is no way that we can permanently free our self from all suffering. Therefore, we should strive to understand that all phenomena without exception lack or are empty of inherent existence. This emptiness is the way things really are. The great Buddhist meditation master Je Tsongkhapa said, ‘the knowledge of emptiness is superior to any other knowledge… and the realization of emptiness is the very essence of Buddhadharma.’ This special weekend retreat will afford the opportunity to deepen our understanding and experience of this superior knowledge. Knowledge that is victorious over all suffering and pain.
The retreat will be lead by Tom Sepp, Resident Teacher of Atisha Centre in Toronto and Gen Kelsang Rabgye.
For more information visit:https://www.meditateintoronto.com/weekend-retreats/
This special retreat will focus on meditations wishing to cause Buddhadharma to flourish in this world and all worlds. Such meditations are the very nature of the precious mind of bodhichitta and accumulate vast positive karma. Such actions create a powerful cause for dharma to flourish in our in own mind. If dharma flourishes in our own mind, we can easily solve all of our problems, and ultimately we shall attain the perfection of full enlightenment. Then we shall be able to help others achieve the same. The retreat will include teachings and guided meditations.
SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2020
|Session 1||9 – 10:30 am|
|Session 2||11am – 12:30 pm|
|Session 3||2 – 3:30 pm|
|Session 4||4 – 5 pm|
Cost: $15 whole retreat
$7 per session