FINDING INNER REFUGE
DATES: Sunday, Nov 18, 25, Dec 2
(Day Retreat, Sunday, Dec 9)
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 Sept 7 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached, whichever comes first.
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.