stillness - Monday Meditation

Monday Meditations

 with John Buchanan

Mondays 6:15

14th and Main, Vancouver BC 

(Open Door Yoga)

Join us for a special ongoing weekly course on meditation 

Without discovering what we really are at the deepest level, happiness will continue to elude us. Fortunately, this discovery is possible through quieting the minds attachment to illusory sources of happiness and pain.


Through daily practice we can gain access to our natural spontaneous presence. This is possible, even with a busy life. We can learn to use every aspect of our life to eventually realize our own liberation. 


Join us on Monday nights while we explore possibilities and methods to uncover the presence within. 

All levels of experience are welcome at this donation-based course (suggested donation $10).

Seeking a way out of confusion, John Buchanan turned to meditation in 1988.  The meditative path lead him to study the wisdom traditions of Buddhism and yoga, under the guidance of many fine teachers. He is a graduate of the Asian Classics Institute 18 courses, and is near completion of an additional 18 courses of advanced Buddhist study. He has completed more than 1500 hours of study in yoga philosophy, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Buddhist philosophy, and meditation.


He began to teach meditation and yoga on a regular basis in 2006. John is a lover of community music and he is often found leading a meditation, a yoga class or a sing-a-long. He teaches from the perspective that every aspect of life is a spiritual path. 



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"The fundamental philosophical principle of Buddhism is that all our suffering comes about as a result of

an undisciplined mind- this untamed mind itself comes about because of ignorance & negative emotions. 


For the Buddhist practitioner then, regardless of whether he or she follows the approach of the Fundamental Vehicle, Mahayana or Vajrayana, negative emotions are always the true enemy, a factor that has to be overcome and eliminated, and it is only by applying methods for training the mind that these negative emotions can be dispelled and eliminated. 


This is why in Buddhist writings and teachings we find such an extensive explanation of the mind and its different processes and functions.Since these negative emotions are states of mind, the method or technique for overcoming them must be developed from within.  There is no alternative. They cannot be removed by some external technique, like a surgical operation."


H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama  'Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection' Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 2004

Audio of Courses & Retreats

Philosophy Classes


ACI Classes are dedicated to the serious study and personal practice of the original teachings of the Buddha. The Institute was established by Geshe Michael Roach under the spiritual direction of Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, a distinguished scholar and master of Buddhism from Tibet.


All teachings are offered by donation, and teachers are well trained and experienced. The purpose of the courses is to provide a thorough, accurate Tibetan Buddhist education to anyone interested. These Courses parallel the same basic core of information that a Geshe (Doctor of Theology) learns at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.


As a result of completing full studies with Khen Rinpoche and at Sera Monastery in India, Geshe Michael Roach developed and taught this seven-year Formal Study Program which  condenses the essence of the Six Great Books of Buddhism into a series of 15 Formal Study Courses to train the next generation of Western Tibetan Buddhist teachers. That's you! 




Meditation Classes



Whether your practice is meditation, prayer, skiing, or enjoying your breakfast, your ability to concentrate your full attention on the present moment of experience is the key to attaining the results for which you hope.  For 2500 years, Buddhist contemplatives have regarded single‑pointed concentration to be as vital to health as food and sleep, and generations of meditators have refined step‑by‑step techniques for training the mind. Developing Shamatha, effortless single-pointed focus, is an important aspect of meditation training at Three Jewels.



Among all the world’s philosophies and religions, the Buddha’s great innovation was the development of an empirical system of practice that investigates the nature of the mind and it’s role in shaping the world of our experience.  He outlined a series of meditative experiments to test these hypotheses and arrive at the truth of our own experience. 


Developing insight is a key ingredient to the eradication of one's suffering, and from there- the ability to liberate all beings from suffering.



"Seeds of the Sun: The Gift of Dharma"

is an illustrated guide to Meditation, drawn from the reading (written by Je Tsongkapa from the Lam Rim Chen Mo) taken from ACI course 3.  This is a practical guide to have next to your meditation cushion!


All profits go to The Global Family Project, an organization which supports families by providing work, often in the form of digitizing rare Tibetan texts like the one this book contains.