Principles of Tibetan Heart Yoga w/ John Buchanan

 

Last Sunday of the month, w/ John

1:00-3:00pm

May 25th, June 29th

 

Access the power of your inner body.  Learn methods to help your yoga practice originate from your deep inner space, the beginning of everything. From there, it brings new light to your practice, your body and your mind.

 

Cost: $25, or 3 class cards.

Meditation Community Day

 

Sunday June 22nd

6:00am -2:30pm

 

Shamatha meditation is known as the key to progress on all paths. Your ability to concentrate your full attention on this moment of experience is the key to attaining the results you hope for.

 

Shamatha Sundays are about community. Join us for group guided and unguided meditations for the full day or for a half hour—it’s up to you.

 

We sit on the floor or in a chair, lie down, stand or walk for 24-minute gatikas. We take six-minute stretch breaks every half hour on the hour and half hour. The door will open every hour and half hour

 

You are welcome to enter at any half hour interval.

 

We take a lunch break from Noon-1:00pm.

 

This is a perfect opportunity to sit and focus on your particular meditation with a group of dedicated meditators. Feel the energy of the group carry you to new heights.

 

The suggested donation depends upon the length of time you stay, the longer you stay the more the contribution.

Your generous donation helps us keep the doors open and provide the space for these auspicious gatherings and teachings to take place.

 

FEE: $10-40 suggested donation...

 

The Art of Debate

 

Tuesday, June 24th

7:30-9:30pm

 

In Tibetan monasteries, debate is a practice where one’s study is realized by learning how to analyze the way things really work.

 

Even one good debate session is a more powerful learning tool than weeks of book study. Pull your knowledge up to the next level.

 

Highly recommended for everyone in the ACI program and anyone wanting clarity on Buddhist principals.

 

No previous experience necessary.

 

Series 1: Compassion

Tibetan Heart Yoga Training

w/John Buchanan

July 4-th, 2014

Cost: $250

 

Tibetan Heart Yoga is a unique practice that combines asana with meditation to bring about complete transformation in our own hearts and in the world around us. There are eight distinct Tibetan Heart Yoga series, each with a different meditation and asana sequence.

 

In Tibetan Heart Yoga Series 1, tonglen compassion meditations are woven into asana, which are used to cultivate each one of the six perfections: giving, morality, patience, joyful effort, concentration, and wisdom.

 

This is a deep practice of beginning to relate with friends, enemies, and strangers with an ultimately compassionate mind. Using this “inner method” during your yoga practice will transform it from merely a physical into a transformative spiritual daily practice. The asana practice will be accessible to all levels.

 

No Previous Yoga Training required.

 

Registration is limited to 25, so reserve your spot soon!

 

20 BCRPA credits, for those registered with BCRPA.

 

 

Lama Marut Tour


Friday, Jul 11- Sunday, Jul 13, 2014

 

We are all desperately trying to be somebody, to be “special”. We collect “friends” and “followers” online as symbols of our worth. We hunt fame and visibility. But maybe we’ve got it all wrong.

 

With his edgy tone and radical perspective, Lama Marut follows up A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life by calling for the biggest revolution of all: the overthrow of our obsessive quest to be somebody. He shows readers that living an ethical life—a life of selflessness rather than unbridled egoism—is the key to true happiness and the foundation for creating a better world.

 

Without the need to seclude oneself in a monastery or retire to a cave in the Himalayas, Marut gives readers action steps and simple meditations to find true fulfillment.

 

Author of the acclaimed A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life is back with a new book on surviving the iEra.

 

lamamarut.org

 

 

Friday July 11

11:30 – 12:30

Whistler Public Library

4329 Main St.  Whistler

Admission Free

 ”I Am Because You Are: Personal Identity Within Community”

 

Friday, July 11th

6:30-8:00pm

Book Signing

Banyan Books & Sound

Free Admission

banyen.com/events/marut

 

Saturday, July 12th

2:00-4:00pm

Dharma Pep Talk

Three Jewels Vancouver

By Donation

 

 

7:30-9:30pm

Public Talk and Book Signing

Unity of Vancouver

doors open at 7pm

$15 in advance, $20 at the door

(no one turned away for lack of funds)

 

Sunday, July 13th

11:00am

Spiritual Ideas*

Unity of Vancouver

unityofvancouver.org

Fire Up Your Meditation
w/ Sherri Kajiwara

 

Wednesday's, Apr 16 - Jun 11, 2014

 

 7:30-9pm

 

This practical meditation class draws upon tools from the Bhavana Krama – The Stages of Meditation by Master Kamalashila, 750AD.  

 

Originally developed as Bok Jinpa 2 at Diamond Mountain, Bok Jinpa literally means to set your meditation practice on fire in Tibetan. Destroy any doubt, and light up your passion for meditation.

 

Wisdom from Retreat

 

2 Wednesday’s:  Jun 25, Jul 02, 2014

7:30-9pm

 

A three year retreat is the culmination of 12 years of study; 6 years of training in the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism and 6 year program in advanced Buddhist studies.  This retreat was therefore an incredible opportunity to integrate these teachings in a very profound meditative environment, within an advanced community of practitioners, in such a way perhaps never done before in the West.

 

For Earle, it was a chance to walk the talk of the study, to live a traditional yogic lifestyle, and to try to investigate the spiritual truths of yoga through deep contemplation and meditation.

 

“It’s importance is perhaps personal for every individual, but I feel the opportunity to step out of mainstream society and to experience the quietude of solitude, brought positive life long changes for each of us in our own way.  For me, it is a chance to see what is real in many respects; what is behind all the noise and business that life brings, what is behind the chatter in one’s own mind, and to experience the peace and joy when all this is stripped away.”

 

 

Earle will  show a movie/ slideshow from retreat, discuss how to live a yogic lifestyle while not in retreat (in preparation for getting into retreat!), discuss the essential elements to a daily practice, how we can live like a yogi(ni) in a modern world, as well as the importance of retreating from it!

 

There will also be time for a Q&A!

Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Part 3 w/ John
 

Tuesday's Apr 08 - Jun 17, 2014

7:30-9:30pm

 

Learn what the perfection of wisdom really is according to Master Shantideva, 700 AD. In this course  understand emptiness.

 

  • purpose and benefit of realizing emptiness

  • how to perceive emptiness directly

  • proofs of emptiness

  • two types of emptiness

  • the emptiness of the body, the mind, feelings, functioning things & the three elements

  • wrong ideas about emptiness

  • the meaning of illusion

  • dependent origination

  • the two truths

  • the nature of ultimate reality

  • wrong ideas we have about existence

  • kinds of mental afflictions

  • six steps which produce all the pain in the world

  • five heaps

  • three types of compassion

  • the importance of requesting blessings, dedicating good deeds

  • how to reach nirvana and enlightenment

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Buddhist Refuge w/ Mariska

 

Monday, Apr 14-Jun 16, 2014

12 noon- 1:30pm

 

Level 1 of the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajna Paramita). This course is based upon The Ornament of Realizations (Abhisamaya Alamkara) of Maitreya and Master Asanga.

 

 

Topics include:

 

•what is the perfection of wisdom

•what is refuge

•the objects of refuge

•the reasons for taking Buddhist refuge

•the qualities of a Buddha

•the different types of bodhichitta

•what is nirvana

•the divisions of nirvana

•five different proofs that emptiness is the ultimate nature of reality

•the five paths which lead to full enlightenment

The 4 Infinite Thoughts
w/ Deedee

 

 

July 23, 30 and August 6th

3 Wednesday's: 7:30-9pm

 

November 26th-December 17th

Wednesday's: 7:30-9pm

 

The Four Immeasurables (Infinites) uses a meditation on Love, Joy, Compassion, and Equanimity.

 

They are the four states of mind described in The Yoga Sutra by Master Patanjali as the ultimate method for overcoming all obstacles on the spiritual path.

 

www.deedeepoyner.com

Urban Weekend Retreat w/ Swami Muktibodhananda

 

Sat September 6th - 7th, 2014

$150 both days $85 for one

9 East Broadway

 

SHAKTI THE SPARK OF LIFE: A Westerner’s Guide to the Teachings of Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

 

A bird’s eye view of what it is to be in “deep practice” as a Westerner with a busy life. Swami Muktibodhananda’s third book – Energy: The Spark of Life and Universal Goddess – A Book About Yoga and Personal Growth for Men and Women will serve as our text for this weekend urban retreat. She describes the book’s aim as “fulfilling your needs as a yoga aspirant whether you are a novice or an experienced practitioner. Here, explained clearly and concisely, are the principles of yoga and techniques that harness your mental and physical energies. Practices not previously elaborated are revealed to assist you in the exploration of your deeper self.”

 

RETREAT OUTLINE

 

- Awakening shakti

- Healthy Attitudes

- Yoga Cleansing Practices

- Body Stabilization: Asana

- Breath Utilization: Pranayama

- Muscle Squeezing: Bandha

- Energy Gestures: Mudra

- Mind Absorption: Meditation

- Food and Health Tips

- Relationships and Family

 

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

 

8:30-9:00am Arrival & Registration

9:00-12:30am Introduction & Practices

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-5:30pm Talk & Practices

5:00-5:30pm Dinner

5:30-7:00pm Kirtan

 

REGISTER HERE >

 

 

Residential Retreat w/Swami Muktibodhananda

 

Monday September 8th–13th, 2014

$600 – $800 options

Five Day Residential Retreat

at Camp Miriam, Gabriola Island

 

YOGA BOOT CAMP TRANSFORMED:

Esoteric Hatha Yoga Pradipika Practice

 

 

Immerse yourself in deep, yogic retreat lifestyle based on the transformative practices of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, as translated and demystified by Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati, who will lead us through five days of retreat, including asana, purification practices, pranayama, mudra and bandha practices, meditation and kirtan.  Not only do these practices improve overall health by purifying virtually all systems of the body, but they can also harmonize the mind, improve concentration and ability to focus, reduce fluctuations of emotions, restore a general sense of well-being and contentment, and raise the consciousness to a level beyond concern solely for oneself.

Take home her authoritative and practical guide (included for all retreat participants), which will serve as our text and scriptural reference for this retreat teaching.

 

REGISTER HERE >

Urban Weekend Meditation Retreat w/ Douglas Veenhof

 

 

Fri. Dec 19th - Sun. Dec 21, 2014

$150, earlybird registration

Friday: 7-9pm, Sat/Sun: 10-6pm

Three Jewels Vancouver

 

This retreat is ideal for anyone wishing to deepen their meditative practice and learn about the essential guidelines to practice, the pitfalls and the meditative experiences along the path, and the culmination in the realization of the deepest potential of the mind. 

 

 

 

REGISTER HERE >

SERIES 2: MAHAMUDRA

 

7:15pm-8:45pm Monday's w/ Meshe

Sept. 29th 12 classes

Cost: $9/class                PRE-REGISTER >

 

Join Meshe starting October 15th for this pre-registered class.  Offered to augment the THY 2 training, which happens on Friday's.

 

Series 2 explores the ultimate nature of one’s own mind using the flavors of emptiness. This is an important part of a larger practice that leads to the direct perception of ultimate reality--a key meditative realization that assures very quick enlightenment.

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Tibetan Heart Yoga Series 2 Training

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26th-NOV. 21st, 6:00pm-9:00pm  (no class Oct. 17/24)

 

Series 2 explores the ultimate nature of one’s own mind using the flavors of emptiness. This is an important part of a larger practice that leads to the direct perception of ultimate reality--a key meditative realization that assures very quick enlightenment. 

 

You will receive a binder with readings, homeworks and quizzes as well as the full flow and detailed instructions.

 

 

 

REGISTER>

 

SERIES 1: COMPASSION

 

7:45pm-9pm Thursday's w/ Lindsey

Sept. 18th, 12 classes

Cost: $9/class             PRE-REGISTER>

 

In Tibetan Heart Yoga Series 1, tonglen compassion meditations are woven into asana, which are used to cultivate each one of the six perfections: giving, morality, patience, joyful effort, concentration, and wisdom.

 

This is a deep practice of beginning to relate with friends, enemies, and strangers with an ultimately compassionate mind. Using this “inner method” during your yoga practice will transform it from merely a physical into a transformative spiritual daily practice. The asana practice will be accessible to all levels.

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Hatha Yoga Pradipika:
The Four-fold Path of Transforming the Body

 

PUBLIC TALK

Three Jewels Vancouver

Fri Sep 5th, 

7:00-9:00pm

 

 

Hatha Yoga Pradipika’s four chapters (Asana, Shatkarma & Pranayama, Mudras & Bandhas, and Samadhi) are yogic instructions for the mastery of body and mind.

 

These instructions on the alchemy of Hatha Yoga were compiled by Master Yogi Swatmarama in the 15th century. Swami Muktibodhananda’s masterful translation and commentary were completed under the direct guidance of her Guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati during the time she lived and practiced in India from the age of 17 to 27.

 

In a succinct summary of her lifelong practice, Swami Muktibodhananda outlines its practical application for the modern Westerner in this evening public talk.

 

Fee: $15-20 suggested donation