Intermediate Classes (301 redirection to Teachings)
Sunday afternoon and Wednesday night teachings are at an intermediate level suitable for both new and more experienced students. Classes are given by the centre’s resident teacher, Geshe Sonam. The classes cover specific topics over a series of weeks. You may wish to attend a single class but the most benefit is obtained by attending the entire series.
- Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
7.30pm Wednesday 8, 15, 22, 29 April and 6 May
These eight verses are the hub of Buddhist practice and show how we can transform our restrictive, self-centredness into loving kindness, compassion and wisdom. That by gradually changing our attitudes towards ourselves and others we can learn to be happy and content in any situation.
- Mind Training Like Rays of the Sun
2.30pm Sundays (not on 7 or 14 June)
Based on the essential sayings of the no-nonsense scholar/meditator Kadampa masters, this text deals with the erroneous minds of self grasping and self cherishing. We suffer because we allow these minds to take hold. This is one of the great texts dealing with eliminating these disturbing emotions.
On the last Sunday of each month this class is immediately followed by a Q&A session with Geshela.
- Q&A and Cake with Geshela
3.30pm Sunday 26 April, 31 May, 28 June
Join Geshe Sonam for a cup of tea and cake in an informal setting to ask any questions or raise any issues you may have. Q&As are held on the last
Sunday of each month.
Our Resident Teacher
Spiritual development does not come from just reading books on Buddhism and meditation. It is essential to receive teachings from a qualified teacher whose pure lineage can be traced back to the Buddha. In that respect we are fortunate to have Geshe Ngawang Sonam as our resident teacher. Ordained as a monk at the age of 10, he was awarded the title of Geshe after 22 years of study at Sera Jey Monastery in southern India. This study included all the major texts in the Gelugpa tradition. Follow this link to read the full biography of Geshe Ngawang Sonam