$20 – $25

The beautiful qualities of the heart: 7 week meditation class 2020jan7mrz

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Mountain Rain Zen Centre

2016 Wall Street

Vancouver, BC V5L 1B1

Canada

View Map

Event description
Learn to cultivate more peace, kindness, joy, and openheartedness.

About this Event

The Buddha taught the practices of the Brahmaviharas--good will, compassion, joy, and equanimity--as ways of training the heart to respond appropriately in difficult times. In this class we will explore how to cultivate these qualities in our own hearts, finding joy and peace in our everyday lives.

This class will have a mix of guided meditation, discussion, and interactive exercises; the intention is to engage with the teachings both intellectually and experientially, to begin to embed them more deeply into our lives.

This class is suitable for experienced meditators and beginners alike.

This 7 week series begins on Jan 7 and runs through Feb 18. Both you and the group will benefit if you commit to coming to all sessions. The registration fee (deposit) helps us cover rent and other BCIMS operating expenses; the teachers are not paid by BCIMS for their time. At each session there will also be an opportunity to offer dana to the teachers--no suggested minimum donation.

This series is taught by Rachel Lewis and Julie Blais, with support from Adrianne Ross.

Rachel Lewis began retreat teacher training at IMS in 2017, having completed Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program in 2012, as well as the Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2010. She has spent over 470 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 VCH 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.

Julie Blais immersed herself into the practice of Insight Meditation based on Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw's teachings, beginning in Thailand in 2001. She practiced as a layperson for 2 months in a northern monastery setting and was ordained as a Buddhist nun for 7 months there. Over the years, Julie has returned multiple times to assist her teachers and has been invited to do teacher training in this intensive Theravadan tradition. She has also practiced with other teachers including Thich Nhat Hanh, monks from Burmese lineages, and lay teachers from Europe and the West. Julie has completed Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program in 2012 and the Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2016. She has done a 3 months silent retreat in 2017. She was certified by James Baraz in 2019 to teach the Awakening Joy course since 2019. She implements her practice in daily life as a massage therapist and caregiver and in her ongoing training as a health coach.

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 from Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, as well as the UCLA Mindfulness training program.

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Mountain Rain Zen Centre

2016 Wall Street

Vancouver, BC V5L 1B1

Canada

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved