Introduction to Buddhism - 5 Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm - Nov 1 to Nov 29, 2017 $40

Wednesday Evenings 7pm to 9pm November 1 to November 29, 2017. All classes will be held in the Shrine Room (Hondo) of the Vancouver Buddhist Temple located at 220 Jackson Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6A 3B3
Eventbrite - Introduction to Buddhism - Fall 2016

Cost:  $40.00 (+ nominal booking fee) for the 5 sessions. Students $25. Click to Pre-Register *required. 

This is an Introductory Buddhism course.  It is being taught by 5 of the Senior Buddhist teachers in Vancouver.

Who should attend?  Anyone who would like a broad understanding of the spiritual and practical aspects of Buddhism.  Most important – Course participants will be shown actual techniques and will practice under supervision. The series host Patrick Couling, will introduce each speaker. 

General Buddhism (November 1) with Casey Collins (PhD Candidate in Asian Studies at UBC)

A general introduction to Buddhism. This will include Dharma Centre Etiquette, a short history of Buddhism and the 4 Noble Truths. This evening will form the foundation for the evenings to follow.

Theravada Tradition and Meditation (November 8with Dr. Adrianne Ross

An introduction to Vipassana or Insight Meditation.  Dr. Ross will discuss the benefits of mindfulness and insight.  She will provide instructions and then lead participants into active meditation.  Of particular note, she will also lead participants in “Loving Kindness Meditation”, which is healing and calming.

Tibetan Tradition (November 15) with Lama Bev Komori

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Bev will talk about some of the iconic symbols and concepts used in Tibetan Buddhism as a focus for meditation, and as a path to spiritual transformation. Participants will be introduced to the Extraordinary Shamata practice, a special meditation practice taught by the previous Kalu Rinpoche.

Shin Pure Land Tradition  (November 22) with Tatsuya Aoki Sensei

An introduction to Shin – Pure Land Buddhism.  Aoki Sensei will discuss the history of Shin Buddhism and how it came to Vancouver.  He will also discuss the Nembutsu, its benefits and how to do it.  He will then lead participants through a Shin Buddhism practice session.

Zen Tradition  (November 29) with Michael Newton Sensei

An introduction to Zen Buddhism.  Michael Sensei will discuss the history of Zen Buddhism and how it came to North America.  He will provide Zen meditation instructions.  Participants will then practice under supervision.



Tatsuya Aoki Reverend Tatsuya Aoki is the resident minister of the Vancouver Buddhist Temple.  Aoki Sensei was ordained in 1991, received his BA degree in Religious Studies from the University of Lethbridge in 1998 and his Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Ryukoku University in 2003.  He was assigned to the Vancouver Buddhist Temple in 2003 and is also currently the national Bishop of the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada.

Casey Collins completed his MA, entitled “Mapping the Garden of Truth: Buddhist and Idiosyncratic Elements in the Religious Space of Shinnyo-en,” in April 2015. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Asian studies at the University of British Columbia focusing on religious movements in East Asia during the 20th century.

Shinmon Michael Newton Shinmon Michael Newton is an ordained Zen priest and one of the resident teachers for the Mountain Rain Zen Community. He began his Zen practice in 1983 as a university student in Japan.  Michael Newton Sensei also teaches Asian studies and religious studies at Simon Fraser University.
Adrianne Ross Adrianne Ross, MD (retired) is the senior instructor for the BC Insight Meditation Society and is a faculty member at the famous Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in California.  Her teaching is influenced by Burmese and Thai streams of Theravada as well as Dzogchen and contemplative practices. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to people with chronic pain and illness.
Lama Bev Komori  Lama Bev has been studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism since 2002, at Kagyu Kunkhyab Chuling (KKC), the North American seat of His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche. For the almost ten years, she has been a chanting/practice leader at KKC, and has completed the traditional Three Year Retreat curriculum in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition.
Patrick Couling (Host) is a Buddhist scholar whose primary interest is Buddhist Cosmology and Mysticism.  His focus is the integration of non-dualism (Advaita, Madhyhamika), Spiritualism (the After-Life) and Enlightenment.  He has taught “A Course in Miracles” (ACIM) for nearly 20 years.



How to get Here

Coming by car?  There is underground parking.  Enter the underground parking lot from the left lane on Powell Street.  If the door does not open, press the buzzer to the left of the door.

Coming by bus?  Catch the Nos. 4, 7, 14, 16 or 20 to get to the Vancouver Buddhist Temple.  (See below)

- Nos 14, 16 & 20 Eastbound or Westbound on Hastings, exit at the Jackson St. bus stop.  Walk 1.5 blocks north to the temple.

- Nos 4 or 7 Eastbound on Cordova, exit at the Dunlevy St. bus stop then walk 1 block East and 1/2 block north to the temple.

- Nos 4 or 7 Westbound on Powell, exit at the Jackson St. bus stop then walk across the street to the temple.



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