Last January, the Isabel Bader Theater was packed to full capacity by people of all ages, nationalities and faiths to hear about Meditation & Modern Buddhism.
Join us on Jan 29th for another special evening with internationally renown guest speaker Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong. Come and learn how, through meditation and the application of Buddha’s teachings, we can improve our mindfulness during our daily activities and our relationships with everyone we encounter. We are extremely fortunate to welcome Gen-la again to Canada. Doors open at 6:30pm.
I went to a public talk on Buddhism at the Isabel Bader Theatre last January 30th after seeing it advertised in a local paper. I’ve always had an interest in the aspect of compassion as a part of the human condition and understood it was a key component of Buddhism. The talk was enlightening and relevant. So much so that I’ve since pursued further teaching and meditations at the Kadampa Centre on Crawford St. I find my visits to the centre most interesting and feel I am positively benefiting from the insights and teachings of Modern Buddhism. ~ Steve
Gen-la Dekyong versus Jerry Seinfield – ObservationsLast year I caught wind of an imminent public talk by Gen – la Dekyong, NKT Spiritual Director (aka the “big cheese”) about modern Buddhism. Buzz on the street was that this talk was not to be missed, and that already the large venue was almost sold-out.Naturally I was curious; what was all the excitement about? The evening arrived and the minute Gen – la entered the stage it became evident why there had been so much excitement. We recognized we were in for a treat when Gen – La managed to put the entire audience into stitches within minutes. That wind of a talk I heard about turned into gales of laughter! A typhoon!Like Jerry Seinfield, Gen-La poked fun at herself, the rest of us, and our human experience in an engaging and humourous way. Of course, there is a difference. Jerry Seinfeld makes observations about human nature which he frames in a way that makes us chuckle, or even laugh out loud from time to time . . . and for a little while we feel happy. Gen – la also makes observations, but the reaction to them goes beyond chuckling. Not only does she bring the house down – had the laughter she released from us been any louder we would have needed ear plugs – but because her observations resonate so very deeply within us; because of the wisdom underlying her humour, after hearing her speak we leave the room happy. And unlike Jerry, where our smile can fade almost as soon as we change the channel, Gen-la’s wisdom, and the happiness she brings to us, lingers. We feel elated even after changing the channel.Gen-la is right when she says we already possess the tools for a happy life but unfortunately there’s no instruction manual on how to use them properly. We may end up using our tools in the wrong way, bringing unhappiness upon ourselves and others. A hammer and chain-saw, when used according to their design, can yield beautiful creations. When used improperly, however, they will surely cause damage and suffering.Gen-la teaches us precisely how to use the tools inherent to our natures to create happiness rather than unhappiness. That she does so with clarity and simplicity (and did I say humour?) is testimony to her wisdom.Those of us who had been fortunate enough to hear Gen-la speak agreed that her talk flew by in what felt like the blink of an eye. No one wanted it to end – the joy was palpable. Without exaggeration, I consider it one of the best evenings of my life. In fact, I would be willing to make a wager that no one could emerge from one of Gen-la’s public talks without being touched in a meaningful way….and “double or nothing” to anyone who thinks they could manage not to laugh. I dare you to take the challenge 🙂 ~ Janet, Barrie
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