Weekly Drop-in Classes in Kingston
Mondays | 7 – 8.15pm
Kingston LINC, A Block, 8 Hutchins St, Kingston
(Opposite Kingston Library)
Class fee: $15. Drop-in any week
The Art of Forgiveness | Mondays 7-8.15pm | May 1, 8 & 15
It is impossible to go through life without feeling harmed or insulted by others but it is possible to move on from past hurt, to overcome feelings of anger and resentment and to free ourself from emotional pain.
At this series of drop-in meditation classes, Buddhist Teacher Diana Waterhouse will explain how the art of forgiveness enables us to let go and move on with our life. Through applying these practical methods in daily life we can learn to heal our heart, restore harmony to our relationships, make peace with the past, and finally enjoy real mental freedom.
Mindful or Mind Full? Declutter Your Mind | Mondays 7-8.15pm | May 22 & 29, Jun 5
At present our mind has the nature of movement – we flit from thought to thought without freedom or control. Our inner world feels busy and full, congested and unpeaceful. It is no wonder we feel stressed and overwhelmed. With this level of internal pressure as a constant in our life, it is no surprise that our sense of well-being and happiness suffers.
On this course you will learn essential tools drawn from Buddha’s teachings on how to start the process of decluttering your mind and more importantly how to keep it uncluttered. By opening up more and more mental space through meditation and other practices, we will uncover the natural reservoir of peace that lies within. Discover how to keep calm and stay calm no matter what. Improve your focus through the practices of mindfulness, alertness and concentration and enjoy the stillness of your own mind.
Stop Procrastinating, Start Living | Mondays 7-8.15pm | Jun 19 & 26
We have an assignment to do, but we leave it to the last minute. We’re “meant” to be renovating the house but the process seems to drag on forever. We should be getting on with some very important tasks but instead we are scrolling through our phone looking for a distraction.
We all want to feel engaged with life in a positive and meaningful way. So how is it that so many moments of our life feel dissatisfying, unfulfilling or just plain boring? At this series of drop-in meditation classes, Buddhist Teacher Diana Waterhouse will explain how to lift our mind out of the mental ruts that we frequently find ourselves in. Learn how to overcome the bad habit of putting things off. Learn what’s really causing you to procrastinate and discover how to move forward with your life with enthusiasm, energy and focus.
Love Without Pain | Mondays 7-8.15pm | Jul 3, 10 & 17
Although we all seek happiness in our close relationships, so many of those relationships end up burdened with too much of the opposite: Unhappiness. According to Buddha this is because we often confuse desirous attachment for love.
Desirous attachment is a distorted, unpeaceful state of mind that sees the other people as our source of happiness, and consequently expects them to make us happy. But it’s not the truth. Happiness doesn’t come from other people. It comes from our own mind. Desirous attachment undermines our love for family, friends and others, making those relationships ordinary and setting us up for dissatisfaction and conflict again and again.
In this series, we will learn how to recognize and reduce our desirous attachment and to replace it with an authentic love that actually does reveal pure happiness. We will learn what real love is and cultivate it. We will learn what interferes with real love and abandon it. In this way we will come to know love without pain and everything in our life will change.