Modern Buddhism – Tuesday evenings

Modern Buddhism

Time: Tuesdays 7.00 – 8.30 pm

Cost: $12 per class – No charge for Members (Level 1 Membership only $50/month – see Centre Membership for more information).

Weekly meditation classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and especially learning new ways of thinking. You can learn how to develop and improve your experience of happiness and inner peace. No previous experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome!

All the weekly classes are currently offered online. Many of the regular classes use Prayers for Meditation to help calm the mind and fill us with inspiring energy. You can find a copy in our online shop.

Booking will stay open until 30 minutes after the start of the course. You will receive a zoom link in the confirmation email to join the live-streamed class. Please email registration@meditateinToronto.com if any questions or difficulties.

* All our online events are open to either anyone who would have booked to attend in person under normal pre-pandemic circumstances or residents of Manitoba. For a centre near you, click here. *

FAQs

Each of the weekly meditation classes begins with a guided breathing meditation to settle the mind, brief prayers, a talk and then a second guided meditation on the class topic. Class topics can be found in each weekly class description.
No. All our weekly meditation classes are open to everyone regardless of spiritual orientation.
No. Attend as many as you wish. Each class is self-contained, so you do not need to attend the previous class or classes in order to follow the class you wish to attend.
Each weekly class is $12 for non-members. There is no charge for members – KMCC membership starts at $50/month (click here).
Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada and the NKT National Spiritual Director for Canada.

A retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT-IKBU), he has trained closely with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty-five years and holds the lineages of his blessings in his heart.

He is a very inspiring example of a pure practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism who relies sincerely upon his Spiritual Guide in all his actions.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is an internationally renowned teacher and English Buddhist monk who is greatly admired throughout the world for his powerful teachings, his wisdom, as well as his pure example of humility and loving-kindness.

He is also well-known for his deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings and his ability to convey their profound meaning in a very clear and accessible way.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab teaches the Tuesday Evening class as well as regular weekend courses and events.

He also teaches the Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, Resident Teacher at KMC Canada and National Spiritual Director for Canada, is teaching this series of classes following the book Modern Buddhism by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

This precious book explains all the stages of the path to enlightenment in an easily accessible, sequential format. Modern Buddhism is available as a free e-book download or you can buy a hard copy through our online shop.

About the Teacher: Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) National Spiritual Director for Canada and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada in Toronto.

A retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU), he has trained closely with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for forty years and holds the lineages of his blessings in his heart. He is a very inspiring example of a pure practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism who relies sincerely upon his Spiritual Guide in all his actions.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is an internationally renowned teacher and English Buddhist monk who is greatly admired throughout the world for his powerful teachings, his wisdom, as well as his pure example of humility and loving-kindness. He is also well-known for his deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings and his ability to convey their profound meaning in a very clear and accessible way.

Mar. 9 – Giving pure happiness: This training in giving is a special meditation on wishing love that sincerely wishes all living beings to attain real happiness – the pure and everlasting happiness of liberation and enlightenment. Meditation: Training in Giving in Conjunction with the Practice of the Six Perfections 

Mar. 16 – The way things really are: Buddha said that all phenomena are mere appearances to mind, totally dependent on the minds that perceive them. Their ultimate nature is emptiness. How can we understand this, and what does it mean for us? Meditation: What is Emptiness? 

Mar. 23 – The emptiness of our body: When we become familiar with meditation on the emptiness of the body, our grasping at our body will be reduced, we will experience far less suffering, anxiety and frustration in relation to our body, our physical tension will diminish and our health will improve. Meditation: The Emptiness of our Body 

Mar. 30 – Mind is the nature of emptiness: By contemplating, ‘All phenomena that appear to my mind are the nature of my mind. My mind is the nature of emptiness,’ we will eventually gain an undefiled wisdom that directly realizes the emptiness of all phenomena. Meditation: The Emptiness of our Mind

Apr. 6 – How to stop grasping at I: The object we grasp at most strongly is our self or I. By understanding and meditating on the emptiness of our I, this grasping will reduce and eventually cease altogether. Then we will be permanently free from all suffering. Meditation: The Emptiness of our I 

Apr. 13 – Freedom from extremes: Learn eight special meditations that help us to reduce and eventually eradicate eight different aspects of our self-grasping. Meditation: The Emptiness which is Empty of Eight Extremes

Apr. 20 – Rest your mind in the experience of emptiness: Lean how to meditate on emptiness without obstruction, like an eagle soaring through the vast expanse of the sky with only minimal effort to maintain its flight. Meditation: Conventional and Ultimate Truths

Apr. 27 – A powerful method to weaken our self-grasping: Learn the meaning of Buddha’s teaching in the Heart Sutra – ‘Form is not other than emptiness’ – and discover an especially powerful meditation to weaken our self-grasping. Meditation: The Union of the Two Truths 

May 4 – Learning to live lightly: Discover how through training in emptiness we can live in the conventional world without grasping at it, treat it lightly, and have the flexibility of mind to respond to every situation in a constructive way. Meditation: The Practice of Emptiness in our Daily Activities

May 11 – A simple meditation on emptiness for daily life: Learn a simple meditation on ultimate truth emptiness that we can easily incorporate into our daily life and thus continuously reduce our self-grasping, the source of all suffering. Meditation: A Simple Training in Ultimate Bodhichitta 

May 18 – Examining our spiritual progress: For our spiritual practice to be authentic and yield genuine results we need to examine our progress from time to time and evaluate the efficacy of our meditation. Learn how to do this. Meditation: Examination of our Lamrim practice

May 25 – No Class: Offering to the Spiritual Guide: Click here to access the Online Puja.

June 1 – No Class: International Spring Festival: Click here to book.