8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program beginning September 29th.
Would you like to feel more at ease, in balance and relaxed? Learn how to focus on the present moment with non-judgmental awareness in order to permanently change the way you handle stress. MBSR teaches participants how to harness their own innate abilities in order to diminish stress and pain, and improve overall physical and mental health.
This highly participatory and supportive program will include:
guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
gentle stretching and mindful yoga
teaching and discussion
daily assignments to enhance awareness in everyday life
Beginning Tuesday, October 8th, Margo McLoughlin will offer an eight-week evening class at the Oak Bay United Church. “The Path of Awareness: Awakening Wisdom and Deepening Compassion” is an opportunity to explore together the value and the meaning of the Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives. Using the Buddha’s words, as well as stories and poems from the Buddhist tradition, Margo will guide participants in an ongoing conversation designed to deepen our appreciation of interconnectedness and awaken a sense of our own creative potential to make a difference in the world.
The class will include short periods of guided meditation, partner and large group discussions, as well as optional readings and homework reflections.
Dates: Tuesday evenings, October 8 – December 3rd with no class on October 22nd.
Cost: $85 – $125 sliding scale. Please note: this course is open to all regardless of ability to pay. If you wish to attend, but are not able to make a monetary contribution, please contact the registrar, Sandra Joy at email@example.com.
Thanissaro Bhikkhu also known as Ajahn Geoff, will be offering teachings on 7 Factors for Awakening in Burnaby, BC on Sept 14 and 15th, 2013. For more information click the heading first -then click here (to the poster)
James Baraz, a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center leads an annual on-line experiential course Awakening Joy beginning February 2012. Register at www.awakeningjoy.info
The course uses dharma principles and practices to cultivate 10 wholesome states over a 5 -month period (Jan-May). It’s a way to bring practice into daily life with the intention of greater well-being. When people actually do the practices, they work. The book, Awakening Joy, is coming out in paper-back in November 2012.
The course is done as a nourishing experience and fun. No failing, no guilt, no pressure. Doing it with dharma friends in a group makes it even more powerful. Though not essential, the added dimension of sangha creates a feeling of connection that enriches the experience. Many dharma communities have formed Awakening Joy groups.
If you’re doing the course online, you’re welcome to offer any amount that works for you as an alternative to the suggested donation. I want to share the course with anyone who really wants to take it. To register go to the website and click on Sign Up button.
“I don’t read a lot of self-help or inspirational books, but even if you never read anything in this genre, this book is one you should try. Baraz teaches a very popular course and has an online lecture series on this. Melinda and I actually went to one of his seminars. He’s a very nice guy, and Awakening Joy is very good.” Bill Gates – www.thegatesnotes.com