VAJRASATTVA PURIFICATION RETREAT
1-DAY MEDITATION RETREAT
with Gen Kelsang Zopa
Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
DATE: Sunday, Dec 11, 9.30am-2.30pm
WHERE: Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC
COST: $20 | members $10
IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: No registration necessary
We open our doors at 9:15am. Please arrive a few minutes before class starts and pay $20 at the door (cash, credit card, or cheque).
VAJRASATTVA 1-DAY PURIFICATION RETREAT
Sunday, December 11 | 9.30am-2.30pm
We spend all our time and energy trying to avoid problems by making changes to our external world. However, our unhappiness and difficulties are not caused by the external world but are the result of negative karma we have created in the past through our own harmful actions.
By relying upon Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification, we can free ourselves from all our negative karma. As a result of our practice, our mind will become pure, obstacles to our spiritual development will be removed and our external conditions will improve.
9.30-10.30am ~ Session 1
10.30-11.00am ~ Break
11.00am-12.00pm ~ Session 2
12.00-1.30pm ~ Lunch Break
1.30-2.30pm ~ Session 3
During a retreat we reduce our normal worldly activities and concentrate for a period of time on developing spiritual qualities and peaceful minds – finding happiness from within. You are welcome to come to one day or for the full retreat. Each session consists of a short teachings, time to engage in prayers and recitation of Vajrasattva’s mantra.
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.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE RETREAT?
TEACHING The teacher will give a brief teaching explaining the purification practice.
GUIDED MEDITATION & PRAYER Each session includes meditation and recitation of the Vajrasattva Purification prayers.
WHAT ARE THE COVID PROTOCOLS FOR ATTENDANCE?
- Stay home if sick or not feeling well
- Masks are optional
MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 to attend in person?
No, please just drop in a few minutes before the class starts and pay at the door with cash, credit card or cheque. Members just tick their name on the list.
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.
Q. What is your policy regarding fragrance?
We strive to be a scent free environment. Please help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance free. The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma and allergies.
Q. What is your policy regarding late arrival?
Our doors open 15 minutes before class start. Kindly arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class start to facilitate check in and get seated. Out of kindness for our volunteers, students and Teachers, we cannot accommodate latecomers. Thank you for your understanding.