Mind Training Cards
We now have a new stock of boxed sets of the LoJong - Mind Training - aphorisms. All 59 sayings appear on individual cards with a brief explanatory commentary. (Card size is 7 x 7 cm. approx.) The enclosing box unfolds to show a brief introduction to the cards and how to use them. A wonderful way to bring these profound and practical contemplations into your living practice.
$20 per set from the Centre or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange set(s) to be mailed to you. ($5 p&p per set in NZ)
Sunday Study and Practice Group
Practice starts 10.15 am., Study Group at 11.30 am. every Sunday at the Nelson Buddhist Centre
Every Sunday there is an in-depth group exploration into the meaning of significant Buddhist teachings. The Sunday group has been operating for many months and participants have found it useful and enjoyable and so are keen for it to continue. Recently the group completed a cycle of study so now is a good time for newcomers who might like to take part to join in.
The current group consists of people from a wide range of backgrounds, not all Buddhist. All are most welcome.
The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas
by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo
A pithy set of mind training instructions which presents an entire view of the path of a bodhisattva, someone whose aim is to be of benefit to all sentient beings. If you want to know what the Buddhist path is, this is a complete description. It will doubtless provoke much thought and discussion.
Sunday Practice Session
10.15 - 11.30 am every Sunday
Each week, prior to the study group, there is a practice session based on the Rigdzin Practice Book which includes meditations on Manjusri (for clarity from confusion) and Vajrasattva (for purification of negative thoughts and actions.) It concludes with a short reading of the King of Prayers - Samantabhadra's Prayer for Excellent Conduct, an inspirational practice which invokes the highest aspirations of the human spirit.
You are welcome to attend either the practice session and/or the study group.
Cost: Donation at the door. Free to members.
A Path of Joyful Awakening
An Introduction to Buddhist View and Practice for Anyone Serious about Being Happy.
Presented by Keith Rowan
Every Thursday from 7.15 pm. to approx. 8.45 pm starting March 7th. for 8 weeks (to April 25th.)
This is a course designed to help anyone who is interested in understanding the Buddha’s teaching and, step by step, to embark on the path of joyful liberation. It is a way to start at the beginning. But beginning doesn’t mean unimportant or ineffective. The issues to be explored and the practices we will undertake together are profound and powerful at the beginning, middle and end of the path. Therefore the classes can be of benefit for anyone who is prepared to open to the task.
Buddhism is not about belief but about authentic discovery of what makes things tick motivated by a wish to see all existence established in happiness free from difficulty.
Each class will be a mixture of study, discussion and meditation practice. Participants will be required to commit to every class and be prepared to do some study and practice in between. Nothing too arduous!
The course is offered by Keith Rowan. Keith has had a lifetime engaged with Buddhism and has had the good fortune to be directly guided by some wonderful instructors and mentors. His enthusiasm and confidence in the Buddha’s teaching can be infectious so beware J
If this appeals to you, please register your interest with Keith as soon as possible : email@example.com
Any questions you may have can also go to Keith.
This course is given for free.
Any support you may want to give to the Nelson Buddhist Centre through the offering bowl at the door is an affirming act of generosity.
Boundless - Generosity and How to Develop It
A public talk with Keith Rowan
6.45 pm Wednesday 27th February after the 6 pm meditation.
The development of generosity is a step on the path to waking up to the sublime nature of reality as it is, beyond hope and fear. Generosity is the antidote to the tightness of grasping. We will consider
what makes an act truly generous and how it is of benefit to the ‘giver’ as well as the ‘receiver’
... and also, what this grasping is all about anyway.
Cost: Free, though any donation to support the Nelson Buddhist Centre is welcomed.
Keith Rowan is a regular presenter at the Nelson Buddhist Centre. His style is to reveal the teachings of the Buddha without jargon or dogma in a way accessible to anyone open to considering new ideas.