Finding happiness – six-week introductory course – Sundays 1.30pm from 4 February 2018
We think that if we could change this or that everything will be fine. But it never seems to work out that way. The problem is that we are looking for happiness in the wrong direction. For so long as we seek happiness from material conditions – possessions, wealth, relationships, home, and so forth – we will never be successful in finding an enduring and sustainable source of happiness.
Happiness is a state of mind, and is produced by mind. We need to train the mind so that it becomes a source of tranquillity, relaxation, clarity and joy. Through the practices of mindfulness and meditation step-by-step we can overcome anxiety and fear, and cultivate states of mind that bring ever increasing happiness.
Teaching this course is Michael Joseph, who was a student of the famous scholar and yogi Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden from 1977 until Geshe-la’s passing in 2011. During that time Michael received teachings from Geshe-la on many of the great Tibetan Buddhist texts. He has been teaching Buddhism and leading meditation retreats since 1981.
What you will learn
This series will give you the tools to be able to commence your own mindfulness and meditation practice. It introduces concepts from Buddhist psychology and philosophy, considering the nature of mind, the causes of unhappiness and how to counter them, and the causes of happiness and how to cultivate them.
Each session includes guided meditation.
This course is based on the book Essence of the Path to Enlightenment by Geshe Thubten Loden. Afternoon tea after the session is a nice way to meet like-minded people.
Classes are held in our beautiful Tibetan temple from 1.30 to 3 pm. Join any class in the series.
Facility charge is $10 with proceeds supporting the temple.