Finding Inner Refuge | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre


3-Part Course


DATES:  Sunday, Nov 18, 25, Dec 2
(Day Retreat, Sunday, Dec 9)

TIME:  10.00am-12.00pm

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

COST:  $15 per class drop-in

WHERE:  970 Blanshard Street, Victoria

REGISTRATION:  You may pay at the door for individual classes ($15 each) or save money by registering for the full 3-part course. Payment in advance guarantees you a place and speeds up the process at the door.  Payment in advance will be available until Feb 29 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached.


We all want a solution to our problems and spend much of our time and energy seeking refuge outside of ourselves – in our social life, our work, or indulging in meaningless activities. This is a fruitless search since none of these has true power to help us.  We can find true refuge from suffering only within ourselves, by cultivating deep experiences of love, compassion, and wisdom. 

In this thee-part course, we explore how our mind has tremendous power to either help or harm us.  Through practicing refuge, we gradually learn how to become our own protector, instead of our own worst enemy.  We can build stable habits of peace, joy and freedom within our own heart which we can then share with others.

SUNDAY NOV 18 / 10.00am-12.00pm

What is the nature of suffering?  When Buddha said, “You must know suffering” it was pervasive suffering that he was mainly speaking about.  Because it is this deep level of suffering that we must understand clearly to achieve an authentic renunciation to progress along the path to liberation.

SUNDAY NOV 25 / 10.00am-12.00pm

What is the nature of faith?  The function of faith is to induce virtuous aspirations.  Without faith in a particular practice we shall have no wish to engage in it; and without such a wish we shall not put any effort into the practice and so we shall not accomplish any results.  

SUNDAY DEC 2 / 10.00am-12.00pm

How do we find inner refuge?  Refuge is a mind that seeks protection in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  For sincere Buddhist practitioners, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are our ultimate objects of refuge. 


 Gen Kelsang Zopa

A Canadian Buddhist monk, Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment for over 20 years. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.


SUNDAY DEC 9 / 9.30am-2.00pm

The course will be followed by a one-day meditation retreat.  On this retreat we have a perfect opportunity to discover and deepen our experience of refuge by connecting with Buddha’s blessings and receiving the encouragement of spiritual friends.  Then we can quickly and easily make progress on the path to liberation and enlightenment.

The retreat will be guided by Mariem Martinson, Senior Meditation Leader,  from Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

Learn More about the Retreat
Q. Do I need to be a Buddhist to attend?
No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind.
Q. Do I need to have any experience?
No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.
Q. How should I dress?
No special clothing is required, come as you are.
Q. Is there any physical exercise involved?
No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.
Q. Do I need to book in advance?
No, it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like.
Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?
No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

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