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Meditation Classes & Courses

  1. Meditation & Buddhism Classes for Beginners (Fridays 7.30-8.45pm)
  2. Meditation & Buddhism Classes In-Depth (Tuesdays 7.30-8.45pm)
  3. Half-day Courses (Saturday or Sunday 2-5pm)
  4. After Work Meditation (Mondays 7-7.45pm)
  5. [Retreat] The Mirror of Dharma Retreat (7.30pm Mon 6 Jan-11.30am Sun 12 Jan, 2020)
  6. [Special Event] Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment & Teachings on the Oral Instructions of Mahamudra & One Day Retreat (7.30pm Fri 6 Mar – 5pm Mon 9 Mar, 2020)
  7. Meditation in Osaka
  8. Foundation Program (twice a month, Wednesdays 19-21pm)

About Us

  1. About the Center
  2. Resident Teacher
  3. Other Teachers

Kadampa Buddhism

  1. About Buddhism
  2. Kadampa Buddhism
  3. The New Kadampa Tradition
  4. Our Founder (Geshe Kelsang Gyatso)
  5. International Temples Project

Meditation & Buddhism Classes for Beginners

Suitable for everyone, these classes focus on how to meditate and use Buddhist understanding to solve daily problems. Give your mind a treat! Experience some inner calm. Everyone is welcome!

Fridays 7.30-8.45pm, ¥1,500 per class (concessions ¥1,000)

No booking required

January: Fri 17 / Fri 24 / Fri 31

February: Fri 7 / Fri 14 / Fri 21 / Fri 28

Teacher: Gen Losang Kelsang

 

Venue: 2F Vogue Daikanyama II, 13-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

 

Topics

Fri 17 Jan: Letting Go Anger

Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions, and it afflicts our mind every day. To solve the problem of anger within our mind, acknowledge how it harms both ourself and others and appreciate the benefits of being patient in the face of difficulties.

Fri 24 Jan: Eliminate Distraction by Improving Concentration

The nature of concentration is preventing distractions and concentrating on virtuous objects. It is very important to train in concentration, because with distractions we cannot accomplish anything. Training in higher concentration is learning to be deeply familiar with the ability to stop distractions and concentrate on virtuous objects, motivated by renunciation.

Fri 31 Jan: Overcoming Discouragement and Depression

Why are we so easily discouraged by the small difficulties of human life?“ When we identify with our feelings, we make them bigger and more solid than they are, and it becomes far more difficult to let the unpleasant feelings go. On the other hand, when we learn to view our feelings in a more detached way, seeing them simply as waves in the ocean of our mind, they become less frightening and much easier to deal with constructively.

Fri 7 Feb: Freedom from Attachment

Giving up objects of attachment means that we should give up the delusion of attachment we have in our mind toward our family and friends. It does not mean that we should give up our relationships with our loved ones or refuse to help them when they are in trouble. In general, it is important to maintain and improve our relationships with our close circle, but there is no point in getting angry on their behalf.

Fri 14 Feb: Pure Mind Pure World

Buddha advises us not to seek happiness outside ourself but to establish it within our mind. How can we do this? By purifying and controlling our mind through the sincere practice of Buddhadharma. If we train in this way, we can ensure that our mind remains calm and happy all the time. Then, no matter how difficult our external circumstances may be, we will always be happy and peaceful.

Fri 21 Feb: What is Karma?

Buddha taught that the mind has the power to create all pleasant and unpleasant objects. The world is the result of the karma, or actions, of the beings who inhabit it. A pure world is the result of pure actions and an impure world is the result of impure actions. Since all actions are created by mind, ultimately everything, including the world itself, is created by mind. There is no creator other than the mind.

Fri 28 Feb: Transforming Difficulty

If we learn to be patient with relatively minor sufferings, such as criticism, unpopularity and slander, we will gradually learn to cope with greater sufferings and pains. Eventually we will be able to accept with a calm and happy mind all the sufferings of human life. We will be able to live without fear, knowing there is nothing that could happen to us that we cannot accept and transform into the spiritual path.

 

Meditation & Buddhism Classes In-Depth

Gen Losang teaches meditaion and Buddhism based on the book “How to Understand the Mind” written by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesdays 7.30-8.45pm, ¥1,500 per class (concessions ¥1,000)

No booking required

January: Tue 14 / Tue 21 / Tue 28

February: Tue 4 / Tue 11 / Tue 18 / Tue 25

March: Tue 3 / Tue 17 / Tue 24 / Tue 31

Teacher: Gen Losang Kelsang

 

Venue: 2F Vogue Daikanyama II, 13-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

 

Topics

Tue 14 Jan: How to make our mind happy

Non-virtuous mental factors cause suffering and virtuous mental factors cause peace and happiness. Thus, we can experience lasting peace of mind by making a determined effort to eliminate non-virtuous mental factors and cultivate virtuous ones.

Tue 21 Jan: Purifying our feelings

At the moment, we experience everything as pleasant, unpleasant or neutral, and these contaminated feelings give rise to the ‘three poisons’ of attachment, anger and ignorance, causing us to experience endless suffering. By learning to control our ignorance, we can stop this process; eventually we will experience only the uncontaminated pleasant feelings of a Buddha.

Tue 28 Jan: How to stop unhappy thoughts

We should choose to discriminate only in constructive ways that are conducive to virtue. Realizations are attained by eliminating the mistaken discriminations that give rise to delusions and non-virtuous actions, and developing the non-mistaken discriminations taught by Buddha.

Tue 4 Feb: Improving our intentions

Our experiences of happiness or suffering depend upon the quality of our actions (karma), which in turn depends on our intentions. How can we improve these?

Tue 11 Feb: Is it possible to only perceive pleasant things?

If our mind perceives an object as pleasant then pleasant feelings develop, and if it perceives it as unpleasant then unpleasant feelings develop. How can we control this?

Tue 18 Feb: Learning to focus on the causes of happiness

By learning to control what our mind focuses on we can develop mindfulness and concentration, and stop the inappropriate attention that leads to unhappiness.

Tue 25 Feb: Becoming wise by improving our aspirations

The difference between a wise person and a foolish person is their aspirations. If our aspirations are good and unmistaken we will naturally engage in actions that lead to happiness, but if they are mistaken then we will never find happiness no matter how intelligent we may be.

Tue 3 Mar: What is mindfulness?

Discover how to use mindfulness to prevent distractions, develop stable concentration and quickly attain the realizations that lead to enlightenment.

Tue 17 Mar: The freedom of concentration

Normally we have no freedom, but are forced to go wherever attachment, hatred or other delusions lead us. However, by improving our concentration we can gain control over our mind, giving us the freedom to accomplish whatever we wish for.

Tue 24 Mar: What is wisdom?

By cultivating wisdom, we can dispel the clouds of ignorance from the sky of our mind. Worldly intelligence is deceptive, whereas wisdom will never deceive us. It is our inner Spiritual Guide who leads us to correct paths, and the divine eye through which we can see what we need to abandon and what we need to practice.

 

Half-day Courses

Saturday or Sunday 2-5pm, ¥2,500 per class (concessions ¥1,700)

*No booking required

Dates: Sun 26 Jan, Sun 9 Feb, Sat 4 & Sun 26 Apr, Sat 9 May, Sun 7 Jun

Teacher: Gen Losang Kelsang

 

Venue: 2F Vogue Daikanyama II, 13-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

 

Topics

Sun 26 Jan: Overcoming Discouragement and Self Criticism

There is an enormous difference between the thoughts “I am feeling bad” and “Unpleasant feelings are arising in my mind.” When we identify with our feelings, we make them bigger and more solid than they are, and it becomes far more difficult to let the unpleasant feelings go. On the other hand, when we learn to view our feelings in a more detached way, seeing them simply as waves in the ocean of our mind, they become less frightening and much easier to deal with constructively.

Sun 9 Feb: Finding Relief from Work and Daily Life

So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including poor health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we will be able to reduce this stress.

Sat 4 Apr: What is Buddhism?

Buddhism is the practice of Buddha’s teachings, also called ‘Dharma’, which means ‘protection’. By practising Buddha’s teachings, living beings are permanently protected from suffering. Today we can see many different forms of Buddhism, such as Zen and Theravada Buddhism. All these different aspects are practices of Buddha’s teachings, and all are equally precious; they are just different presentations. In this course our resident teacher will explain about Buddhism according to the Kadampa tradition.

Sun 26 Apr: Finding Growth in Difficult Situation

When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problem for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development.

Sat 9 May: What is Meditation and its Benefits?

Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and a mental action that is the main cause of mental peace. The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness.

Sun 7 Jun: Overcoming Anger

Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions, and it afflicts our mind almost every day. To solve the problem of anger, we first need to recognize the anger within our mind, acknowledge how it harms both ourself and others and appreciate the benefits of being patient in the face of difficulties.

 

After Work Meditation

Work life can be stressful, but taking a time before you go home can help to let go of the build up of stress and help you to relax and get some clarity. So leave the day behind and take an 45 min to relax, refresh and de-stress. The class will consist of a brief talk and a guided meditation to calm and center yourself and let go of the worries from the day.

Mondays 7-7.45pm, ¥800 per class (concessions ¥500)

*No booking required

January: Mon 13 (Janet) / Mon 20 (Yuki) / Mon 27 (Janet)

February: Mon 3 (Yuki) / Mon 10 (Janet) / Mon 17 (Yuki) / Mon 24 (Yuki)

March: Mon 2 (Janet) / Mon 16 (Janet) / Mon 23 (Yuki) / Mon 30 (Janet)

April: Mon 6 (Yuki) / Mon 13 (Janet) / Mon 20 (Yuki) / Mon 27 (Janet)

Teacher: Janet Yeh, Yuki Moromi

 

Venue: 2F Vogue Daikanyama II, 13-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

 

Retreat

The Mirror of Dharma Retreat - Three Principal Aspects of the Path -

Join us for seven days of peace … a wonderful way to start the year!

By taking the time out for reflection, contemplation and meditation we can gain special knowledge about our self, our mind, and our life. This wisdom will bring clarity about how we live and bring a true peace, happiness, and fulfillment into our daily lives.

The retreat will focus on meditations from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s latest book, ‘The Mirror of Dharma’ and will centre around the Three Principal Aspects of the Path to Enlightenment. This book reveals a series of heartfelt meditations taught by Buddha that awaken our loving kindness, compassion, and wisdom, and enable us to reach our full spiritual potential. Steeped in Buddhist wisdom and arising from Venerable Geshe-la’s deep personal experience in retreat, these meditations are perfectly suited to modern life – helping us to build a foundation of inner strength within our busy & often stressful lives.

This retreat is open to everyone and is ideal for those looking for an inspiring, enjoyable, and practical explanation to Buddhist meditation and philosophy and for those wishing to deepen their experience on the spiritual path. The retreats include practical instructions, guided meditations, special preparatory practices.

7.30pm Mon 6 Jan - 11.30am Sun 12 Jan, 2020

Booking is recommended as seats are limited. Please click here for booking.

Partial attendance is possible.
Please note that the application may not be accepted due to over capacity. Thank you for your understanding.
KMC Tokyo is a city centre and we’re sorry that we can't provide services such as accommodations or meals.

Teacher: Gen Losang Kelsang

 

Venue: 2F Vogue Daikanyama II, 13-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Timetable
Mon 6 Jan: Introduction 7.30pm –
Tue 7 Jan – Sat 11 Jan:
[ Session 1 ] 9 - 10am
[ Session 2 ] 10.30 - 11.30am
[Lunch Break] 11.30am - 2.30pm
[ Puja (option) ] 2.30 - 3.30pm
[ Session 3 ] 4 - 5pm
[ Session 4 ] 7.30 – 8.30pm
Sun 12 Jan:
[ Session 1 ] 9 - 10am
[ Session 2 ] 10.30 - 11.30am
Fee
Partial attendance is possible.
Whole retreat: Adults ¥22,000 (*concessions ¥15,000)
1 day (4 sessions): Adults ¥4,800 (*concessions ¥3,200)
half day (2 sessions): Adults ¥2,500 (*concessions ¥1,700)
Introduction / 1 session: Adults ¥1,500 (*concessions ¥1,000)
*concessions: Students, unemployed, FP students in Tokyo

 

Special Event

Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment & Teachings on the Oral Instructions of Mahamudra & One Day Retreat

An empowerment is beautiful guided meditation through which we receive a Buddha’s inspiring blessings, heal our mental continuum, and awaken our spiritual potential. Gen Losang will grant the empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa. Through this empowerment we make a special connection with Je Tsongkhapa and learn the special characteristics of his teachings. Through receiving the empowerment and sincerely practising special meditations, we can make our life supremely meaningful.

In ‘The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra’, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche guides us through the profound and world-transforming practice of Mahamudra – the very essence of Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra. In particular, he reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, through which many thousands of meditators have attained full enlightenment in one lifetime.

Everyone is welcome to this special event!

7.30pm Fri 6 Mar – 5pm Mon 9 Mar, 2020 (end time may change)

Booking is recommended as seats are limited. Please click here for booking.

Only a few seats left. Please note that bookings may not be accepted even if you can apply from the application form. If the booking cannot be made due to overcapacity, we will inform you later.

Partial attendance is possible.
Please note that the application may not be accepted due to over capacity. Thank you for your understanding.
KMC Tokyo is a city centre and we’re sorry that we can't provide services such as accommodations or meals.

Teacher: Gen Losang Kelsang

 

Venue: 2F Vogue Daikanyama II, 13-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Timetable
Fri 6 Mar: Introduction 7.30 - 8.45pm
Sat 7 March:
[ Empowerment ] 10 - 12am
[ Lunch Break ] 12am - 3pm
[ Commentary ] 3 - 4.15pm
[WFJ with Tsog] 5 - 6pm
Sun 8 Mar:
[ Meditation ] 9 - 10am
[ Teaching ] 10.30 - 12am
[ Lunch Break ] 12am - 3pm
[ Meditation ] 3 - 4pm
[ Teaching ] 4.45 - 6pm
Mon 9 Mar:
[ Session 1 ] 9 - 10am
[ Session 2 ] 10.30 - 11.30am
[ Lunch Break ] 11.30am - 2.30pm
[ Session 3 ] 2.30 - 3.30pm
[ Session 4 ] 4 – 5pm
Fee
Partial attendance is possible.
Whole event: Adults ¥14,500 (*concessions ¥9,800)
Friday (Introduction): Adults ¥1,500 (*concessions ¥1,000)
Saturday (Empowerment + 2 sessions): Adults ¥6,000 (*concessions ¥4,200)
Sunday (4 sessions): Adults ¥4,800 (*concessions ¥3,200)
Monday (4 sessions): Adults ¥4,800 (*concessions ¥3,200)
Empowerment only: Adults ¥3,500 (*concessions ¥2,400)
Half day (2 sessions): ¥2,500 (*Concessions:¥1,700)
1 session only: Adults ¥1,500 (*concessions ¥1,000)
*concessions: Students, unemployed, FP students in Tokyo

 

Meditation in Osaka

Meditation in Osaka With Matt Lucas

Where

Slow Care Parlour, Yoshimoto Bldg. 3rd fl, Nakazaki-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka

Access map (scroll to bottom of page):

https://www.organicbotanics.jp/salon/

Cost

(Adults) ¥2,500 (Concessions) ¥1,700 (includes refreshments)

3.15 - 4.15pm Session 1
4.15 - 4.45pm Tea break
4.45 - 5.45pm Session 2

When

  • 13th October (Sun) : Compassion is the best medicine
  • 24th November (Sun): How to develop a heart of wisdom

 

The teachings in Osaka are based on those from the renowned Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. The sessions are led by Matt Lucas, a native English-speaker and long-term resident of the Kansai region, who has been practising Buddhist meditation for twenty years.

Everyone is warmly welcomed, including non-native speakers and people of all spiritual inclinations, as well as those with no spiritual background and complete beginners.

The workshops are held in a yoga studio near Umeda. Not only is the central location easily accessible, but it is also a perfect space conducive to meditation. Come and join us in this oasis of peace in the heart of the city!

Check Meetup for further details: Meditate in Osaka (Meetup)
Join us on Facebook: Kadampa Meditation in Osaka (Facebook)
Further activities in Tokyo: http://kadampa.jp/en/
International website: http://kadampa.org

Foundation Program

An opportunity to systematically study and meditate on the essential teachings of Buddhism.

Wednesdays 7-9pm (twice a month), ¥6,500 per class (concessions ¥4,500)

*Registration is required to attend

Dates: Wed 4 & Wed 11 Sep, Wed 16 & Wed 30 Oct, Wed 13 & Wed 27 Nov, Wed 4 & Wed 11 Dec

Teacher: Gen Losang Kelsang

 

Venue: 2F Vogue Daikanyama II, 13-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

 

Foundation Program (FP) provides an opportunity to systematically study and meditate on the essential teachings of Buddhism.It enables us to deepen our understanding and apply in practice what we have learnt to our daily life.

We will have great confidence in our own ability to meditate and transform all circumstances into the spiritual path.This will bring peace of mind and great benefit to both ourself and to those around us. (About FP please e-mail us to epc @ kadampa .jp