Buddhist Teachings & Meditation for Beginners
with Antero Manuel
In this course, you will be introduction to the Buddhist Psychology of Mastery and Liberation. Buddhism teaches a practical, moral and philosophical way of life. It advocates a golden mean that guides a person through genuine living and pure thinking. wisdom and joy is the true heart of Buddhism .
This course will also weave ancient stories and legends of Sakyamuni Buddha and what he discovered on his path to enlightenment. Buddhism speaks loud and clear about our states of mind such as anxiety, fear, anger, jealousy, desire, depression, etc., and why we become disenchanted with the world and ourselves.
There will be a broad, simple overview of Buddhism and its meditation practices. There is no required reading, no homework and no quizzes! Topics covered include:
- The Four Noble Truths & Eight-Fold Path
- Different kinds of Buddhism: Theravadan, Mahayana, Vajrayana, etc.
- Buddha's teachings presented in a gradual form for the practice of one individual...where to start, what next, etc.
- Explore different methods of meditation practices that may suit your personality and needs.
Half of the class time will be devoted to meditation. Please, bring a comfortable cushion to sit on and light blanket to keep warm.
In keeping with Buddhist tradition, these classes are offered on a donation basis.
We wait for you with delight and kindness to join our 6-week course and get a real sense of what it means to know yourself as well as how to be in harmony with all things and beings in the universe.
May All Sentient Beings Be Happy!
Every Thursday, February 09 - March 23, 2017 at 7 - 8:30 pm
Buddhism is growing in western countries for a number of reasons. The first good reason is Buddhism offers remedies to many of the problems we face in modern materialistic societies. Buddhism has a deep understanding of the human mind and its natural therapies, which prominent psychologists around the world are now discovering to be both very advanced and effective.
The word 'budhi' means 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,600 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. He was born into a royal family in Lumbini, now located in Nepal, about 563 BC. At the age of 29, he realised that wealth and luxury did not guarantee happiness, so he explored the different religious teachings and philosophies of the day, to find the key to human happiness. After six years of study and meditation, he finally found 'the middle path' and was enlightened. After enlightenment, the Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching the principles of Buddhism — called the Dhamma, or Truth — until his death at the age of 80. He was not, nor did he claim to be a prophet or a god. He was a man who taught a path to enlightenment from his own experience and inspired an estimated 488 million people in the world around the world!
To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. It is a philosophy because philosophy means "love of wisdom". The Buddhist path can be summed up as:
(1) to lead a moral life,
(2) to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and
(3) to develop wisdom and understanding.
Antero Manuel was born in Azores, Portugal and grew up in Montreal. He also lived in British Columbia. He's a metaphysical scientist who once played the role of organic farm manager, bookseller, chef, mental health worker, art therapist and visual arts teacher, musician, and multimedia designer.
For a couple of years, Antero went on a travelling "vagabond" journey to several countries meeting with what he calls the “sublime and ridiculous” along the way. During his travels, he met "sacred rebels" from all different teachings and practices.
He likes to share his experiences, stories and knowledge with those who are seekers of truth, the highest religion. He often reminds us that we were once gods and goddesses who lived poetic lives on the earth but forgotten this high honor bestowed upon us.
Antero has a deep appreciation for Practical Mysticism, Earth and Nature-Based Spirituality, and Tibetan Buddhism. He studied and experimented with these disciplines throughout his life. He holds university degrees in philosophy, psychology, education and divinity but prefers practical or experiential learning as the actual way to inner transformation.
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