Cashier training class, the master’s degree and a monk class, but the class most often touted by students is actually the most practical for those who want to learn how to be a monk.
And while some of those who train as monks are also Buddhist, it’s not uncommon for students to be Christians or followers of a faith other than Buddhism.
A few of the classes offered at the Buddhist Centre of Greater Sudbury include classes on health and diet, meditation and yoga, yoga, and health, as well as classes on self-help.
There’s also a class on the spiritual development of youth.
While there’s no specific number for how many monks train at the centre, a few have been counted.
A class called The Buddha is a 10-minute class that teaches students how to chant the name of the Buddha.
The class’s online description says the course is “for the serious person who is curious about Buddhism, who wants to understand the meaning of Buddhist scriptures, and who wants the opportunity to practise Buddhism.”
“I am interested in this because it is one of the most important and rewarding things that I can do,” said Michael, a 27-year-old from St. Catharines.
He said the class is about being mindful and being respectful of the teachings of the scriptures.
“I have a big ego,” he said.
“My ego is about money and power.”
Michael said he’s also curious about the “spiritual journey” he’s been on.
“It’s just kind of a journey.
I feel like I’m on a journey and that’s what’s going to get me where I am.”
As Michael said, he’s not the type of person to spend much time in the temple. “
Then I had this conversation with the teacher and it was really good.”
As Michael said, he’s not the type of person to spend much time in the temple.
“That’s not me at all,” he explained.
“But I do feel a little bit like a pilgrim in a lot of ways.”
It’s a bit of a departure from his regular schedule of attending classes at the Centre of Excellence for Spiritual Development, which has a total enrollment of about 250 people.
But it’s been a long time coming for the self-proclaimed Buddhist monk who said he came to the Centre in the 1990s.
“When I started, I was still doing a regular job,” said Patrick, who said his first experience of the Buddhist teachings was at a Buddhist retreat.
“At that time, there was no internet.
You had to look it up.”
Patrick said his life changed for the better when he found out that his parents had died.
“In my heart, I knew I wanted to go back to that and do it in a more spiritual way.”
Patrick’s experience with the centre helped him develop his meditation practices and eventually, to the point where he was able to attend a class at the center.
“What I love about the centre is the teachers,” said Thomas, who’s been practicing since he was a toddler.
“They are like my family and I want to be like them.”
Thomas said he wanted to become a monk to protect his family and protect himself.
“And they are the ones who are going to help me.”
It took Patrick five years to finally attend a monk’s class, and he spent about three months meditating on his own.
“After three months, I realized I needed to do something to be able to continue my practice,” he told CBC News.
He decided to start a meditation practice with his older brother, who has since passed away.
“He has always been my mentor, he has always helped me,” he recalled.
“So it was definitely important to me to continue that tradition.”
Thomas also noted that the experience was a lot different for his mother.
“We would have a class and I would sit down with my mum, and it would be just a really nice and relaxing meditation.
And she would sit with me,” said Tom.
Thomas said his mother is more relaxed and is able to focus more on her business.
“She would sit here and I could relax,” he continued.
“If you were to take a class in the morning, I would be thinking about my business and what I was going to do for the day and all the stuff that I’m doing.”
Tom said the process of learning meditation is more intense than most people realize.
“You have to be ready to go into this space and you have to learn the basics of the art and then be able really to tap into your inner child,” he added.
“A lot of times when people talk about meditation, they’re not thinking about how you meditate and how you’re meditating.
They’re thinking about what you’re doing for the morning.”
It takes a lot more than a few weeks to become an ordained monk in the faith, but Tom said it’s worth it to get