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Class - Developing the perfections of the heart with Adrianne and Rachel

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Mountain Rain Zen Centre

2016 Wall Street

Vancouver, BC V5L 1B1

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This class has ten sessions: Tuesday Evenings from May 15 to July 17th, 2018

What are your priorities? Developing the perfections of the heart

In Buddhist teachings, the paramis, or perfections of the heart, are qualities that all spiritual practitioners must develop to support their awakening to the truth. The word "parami" is also related to the word meaning "something of foremost importance", so we're envisioning this class as an honest exploration of how to bring our lives more in line with our own deepest priorities and values. Unlike with refined states of concentration, the paramis can be cultivated in the midst of all of the complication of our everday lives, and in this way all of life can be part of the path of practice.

"These ten qualities can also be thought of as “priorities.” In fact, the word parami is related to paramam which means “something of foremost importance.” You try to think of these as the priorities in your life. If you make things like material wealth, status, or relationships your priorities then you’re placing your happiness on things that are largely out of your control, whereas the qualities you develop in your mind as you go through life are in your control. They are things you can determine that you’ll develop in any situation, regardless."--Ajahn Thanissaro

This class meets on 10 Tuesday evenings. This class is suitable for everyone. If you are new to meditation, please let us know, and please also make a special effort to come to all sessions. It is our intention that these classes be welcoming and accessible to people of all backgrounds, abilities, races, and genders.
The deposit (registration fee) helps us cover rent and other BCIMS operating expenses. At each session there will also be an opportunity to offer dana to the teachers--no suggested minimum donation.

Adrianne Ross, a retired family physician, has been involved in meditation and healing since 1976. She has been practising Buddhist meditation since 1984. Her spiritual journey has also included contemplative inquiry practices (Enlightenment Intensives and Diamond Approach) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Trained by Jack Kornfield (in 1998), Adrianne is influenced by both Thai and Burmese streams of the Theravadan tradition, as well as Tibetan (Mahamudra and Dzogchen) practice. She teaches classes, weekend and residential retreats in Canada and the US. She is involved in teaching and mentoring students in the Dedicated Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Programs through Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Adrianne mentors students every year for the UCLA Mindfulness training program.


Rachel Lewis completed Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program in 2012, as well as the Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2010. She began retreat teacher training at IMS in 2017. She has spent over 400 nights on silent retreat since 2003, including two 3 month retreats. She has taught at Alouette Correctional Centre for Women and in Vancouver since 2011, as well as via her alter egos Buddhist Hulk and Bhante Mixalot. Rachel’s paid work at UBC is only barely related to her physics PhD. Her interest in bringing music into meditation practice led her to develop a songbook of Buddhist music for choirs.


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