The Power of Awareness, Pt 1, Hamilton, Sept-Nov

The Power of Awareness, Part 1

Buddhist Teachings and Meditation
10 Wednesdays / Beginning on September 17, 2014 (Last class on November 26) / 7 p.m.
LOCATION in Hamilton:  TBA
Mindfulness is the skill of being deliberately attentive to your experience as it unfolds – without the superimposition of your usual commentary and conceptualizing.  The capacity to be mindful provides a wholesome way to attend to your experiences and helps you overcome the unskillful habits of mind that cause you to suffer needlessly. Learn to control stress and create resiliency, and learn mindfulness meditation to help promote healing along with emotional stability and the ability to overcome a wide variety of difficulties. These teachings provide a practical guide to developing the skill of mindfulness and applying it to every aspect of daily life.

Practicing mindfulness meditation reveals and develops the qualities of wisdom and compassion, the twin virtues of the discipline.

Everyone can benefit from this practice. It helps free us from illusion, so that we can look at ourselves with greater clarity and make appropriate changes in our lives. We become aware of the depth of selfishness and the real intent that can motivate actions that are thought to be altruistic.

Taught by Thich nu Tinh Quang, based on the Buddha’s style of Vipassana (Insight) Meditation, the original techniques used are for increasing your awareness and freeing yourself of painful mental habits. Vipassana meditation is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as mentioned in the Satipatthana Sutra. Your understanding and experience of meditation will deepen. Sister Tinh Quang will give teachings on: Walking Meditation, The Three Poisons, Karma, Four Brhma Viharas, Metta, Karuna, The Five Hindrances, Dukkha, Intention, and Equanimity. Vipassana meditation is a lifelong process that requires daily practice, discipline, and patience.

Attend all or some of the classes.  Those who attend all of the classes will get a certificate at the end of the course.

FEE:  Dana (donation as you feel is appropriate)

To register for complete Course email:

The Power of Awareness – Part 2  for this class, will begin in January, 2014

Dalai Lama Vancouver tickets still available for Oct 23


Oct 23: Dalai Lama will visit Vancouver

by UBC Buddhism

Tickets are still available for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s talk on Thursday, October 23rd here in Vancouver at UBC’s Point Grey campus. His Holiness will give an empowerment teaching on compassion to . . . Read More.

Vegetarianism & Animals in Early Indian Buddhism

Justin Whittaker, over at the always-relevant American Buddhist Perspective recently posted a review of a talk he heard by University of Toronto graduate student Sean M. Smith, entitled: Vegetarianism & Animals in Early Indian Buddhism. You can read his review at the link above.

Here . . . Read More.

Ecology, Meditation & Integrated Living retreat, Vancouver, Sept 6-7

Ecology, Meditation and Integrated Living deepening skills for walking into the unknown

–a weekend of contemplative exploration with Tarchin Hearn

September 6/7 2014 Vancouver, BC Vital Health Medical & Wellness Clinic (1855 West 4th Avenue) (Venue is fully accessible – storefront level, wheelchair friendly) Hours: . . . Read More.

International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change

Endorsement Sought by Dharma Teachers and Sangha Members Worldwide

A group of Dharma teachers from Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the U.S. have issued a statement describing core Buddhist insights into the root causes of the climate crisis and ways to minimize its potentially tragic . . . Read More.

HH Taklung Matul Rinpoche, Vancouver, Sept 4-8

Via the Lower Mainland Buddhism blog…

This September, His Holiness Taklung Matul Rinpoche will be teaching on lojong (“mind training”) here in Vancouver. Registration for the four day event can be made online at

WHEN: Sep. 4–8, 7–9 pm WHERE: Mangala Shri Dharma Centre . . . Read More.

U of T Buddhist Chaplaincy Masters & Mindfulness Diploma update

I had the opportunity today to meet with Jenn Neufeld, the Admissions Counsellor for Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto, to find out more information about the Masters-level Diploma in Buddhist Mindfulness and Mental Health, starting in January 2015, and the possible Masters in . . . Read More.

Sacred Relics Tour, Toronto, Sept 19-21

A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world. The collection will be coming to Toronto in September and the Toronto Canadian Cultural Centre (TCCC) will host the relic tour here from September 19-21, 2014. . . . Read More.

Tibetan Bazaar, Edmonton, Sept 20-21

Tibetan Bazaars have become a pan-Canadian tradition. This one, hosted by Gaden Samten Ling, will be in Edmonton.

Wind farm controversy reveals split in Buddhist communities

If you followed my coverage of the dispute between Cham Shan Temple, residents of the Kawartha Lakes region, the Government of Ontario and wind farm developers, over proposed wind farms in the vicinity of Cham Shan’s Peterborough retreat centre (a recreation of Putoshan), now under . . . Read More.

U of T diploma program: Buddhist Mindfulness & Mental Health

Via the Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada…

A Buddhist diploma program in Buddhist Mindfulness & Mental Health has been launched by Emmanuel. It is accepting students now, can apply on-line. Please kindly help to publicize it. There will be two courses offered in Jan. . . . Read More.

Buddhist Chaplaincy Masters Program at U of T?

I recently received an invitation from Bhante Saranapala to attend the second round-table discussion about the feasibility of starting a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies focusing on Buddhism at the University of Toronto’s Emmanuel College divinity school. The invitation was sent to approximately 115 Buddhist . . . Read More.

Change Your Mind Day Calgary, August 9, 2014

Change Your Mind Day Calgary, sponsored by the International Buddhist Foundation Canada, will take place August 9th at the Bridgeland Community Centre, 10 am – 2 pm. It’s free. Details at or call Lynn at 403-235-0765.

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Jodo Shinshu scholarship for BC post-sec students – deadline approaching

BCJSBTF Post Secondary Scholarship 2014 : Apply soon!

The British Columbia Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples Federation is now accepting applications from post-secondary students. Applicants must be residents of BC who are enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution for the coming fall semester.

Download the application . . . Read More.

Canadian Buddhist funerary art

Here are some examples of modern Canadian Buddhist funerary art, from the Chinese sections of the cemetery near where I work.

I would be very interested in posting photos of other such monuments in cities across the country…

The first two pictures are of a . . . Read More.

Tibetan Canadian steppe children

The journal Foreign Policy recently ran an excellent article about issues facing Tibetan children of interracial marriages. Some of the people and stories covered in the article are from Canada, where we have a sizeable Tibetan Canadian community, and a significant number of Tibetan Canadian . . . Read More.

Sumeru Books rights now with 2 Seas Agency

We are pleased to announce that foreign language translation rights for Sumeru Books are now being handled by 2 Seas Agency.

This is a great development for us because 2 Seas has an excellent list in eastern spirituality and will bring our dharma works to . . . Read More.

Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation helps out in flooded western Canada

Here’s a great story from the Vancouver Courier about the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation…

“From a nondescript office in Marpole, the Vancouver chapter of Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation has, since 1992, run diverse programs that see teams of uniformed volunteers cooking . . . Read More.

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