with John Buchanan
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.
"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
"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.