As you may know, during Rinpoche’s next visit to Toronto in April, we will be celebrating the 30th year of the founding of Gaden Chöling. There will be some special events taking place during that time, of which we will be giving more details in the near future.
Our 30th year finds the centre in a good place. During Rinpoche’s last visit, in November, some new members signed up to support Gaden Chöling, helping to allow us to continue as a place of refuge and dharma in Toronto. We are one of the oldest dharma centres in Canada; we hope to be here for a very long time to come. We would like to express our deepest thanks to all of you who choose to support Gaden Chöling with a membership subscription. Thank you!
Presently, we have a healthy schedule of classes and practice groups in place, with offerings for every level of dharma practitioner, whether beginner, very experienced or somewhere in-between.
Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM, we have our Mindfulness group, which is rooted in the Mahasatipatthana Sutra. Each week, we revisit the instructions on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and practice sitting and walking meditation. There is also some discussion on mindfulness, our practice and dharma in general. This class is an excellent entry point for people interested in meditation and dharma, as well as an opportunity for more experienced practitioners to do some focused practice in a group setting.
Tuesdays, from 7:00-8:30 PM, the Chöd Club meets to practice the beautiful melodies and drumming of Ganden Chöd. This amazing and transformative practice is open to anyone who has received the appropriate tantric initiation.
Thursdays, from 7:00-8:45 PM, at various times throughout the year, guest teacher Theodore Tsaousidis leads classes on Lam Rim, with meditation and Medicine Buddha practice. Lam Rim, meaning “Gradual Path to Enlightenment”, provides a coherent structure to dharma practice and is designed to guide a practitioner form the beginning stages of practice through to the attainment of enlightenment. This is an excellent class for all levels of practitioners.
Sunday mornings, from 10:00-11:30 AM, is time for Joy and Pure Vision – a class dedicated to teachings and practice rooted in the Oral Ganden (Gelugpa) tradition. Presently, the class is focusing on the teachings of Lo Jong, translated as “Thought/Mind Transformation”. These teachings are rich, practical instructions for how to skillfully deal with the challenges that life presents to us all by working with our own minds. This class is also an excellent opportunity for both newer dharma practitioners and those more experience to learn and practice together.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Theodore for his continued dedication to the Gaden Chöling community. His Lam Rim class is an important part of our programming and his ability to organize events is always greatly appreciated. Thanks to Matthew and Cristina for their great energy and leadership at GC, since they moved to Toronto some months ago. Their willingness to dedicate their time and experience to our sangha is so wonderful. Of course, a great big thank you to the members of the board: Bonnie, Irina, Donny, Irene and Stephen. All your hard work and dedication is so very much appreciated.