Be Inspired - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

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Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre is a place for inspiration!

‘Bodhichitta’ means ‘mind of enlightenment’.  Buddha’s instructions on bodhichitta give us practical and extraordinary methods to change our ordinary life into an extraordinary life.  By using these meditations we can begin to believe in our potential and unlock the limitless power within our mind.

When we practice these instructions Ven. Geshe Kelsang says, “Gradually all our actions of body, speech and mind will become pure and beneficial, an we will become a source of happiness and inspiration for everyone we meet”

Weekly Meditation Classes

‘Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful.‘

“Our experiences do not have external sources.”  with Gen-la Jampa

In-Depth Study and Meditation Programs

“The practice of Lamrim is very important because everyone needs to cultivate peaceful states of mind. By listening to or reading these teachings, we can learn how to control our mind and always keep a good motivation in our heart. This will make all our daily actions pure and meaningful.”

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

BUDDHIST BOOKSHOP

“Enjoying meditation retreat.”  with Gen-la Khyenrab

Become a Friend to the World

May I become a protector for the protectorless,

A guide for those who travel on the road,

And, for those who wish to cross the water,

May I become a boat, a ship, or a bridge.

May I become an island for those seeking dry land,

A lamp for those needing light,

A place of rest for those who desire one,

And a servant for those needing service.

Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

30 Minute Noon Meditation

“Happiness and suffering are feelings – parts of our mind – and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we really want to be truly happy and free from suffering we must improve our understanding of the mind.“

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

“Meditation is essential for our happiness.”  with Gen-la Dekyong

THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF BUDDHISM

Buddhism is still relevant 2.500 years after its point of origin because it is founded on a scientific observation of the mind and the methods that can be utilized to improve it.  Specifically, Buddhism is concerned with what is consciousness, what types of consciousness produce happiness and which produce suffering, as well as methods to cultivate the former while removing the latter.

By practicing Buddha’s methods sincerely in the laboratory of our own minds, we can produce the same results he achieved, and attain a completely purified state of enlightenment or Buddhahood, in this very life.

Geshe Kelsang explains in Modern Buddhism: “The instructions given in this book are scientific methods for improving our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind.”

WEEKEND MEDITATION RETREAT Oct 15-17

Meditation retreat is a perfect opportunity to discover and deepen our experience by connecting with Buddha’s blessings and receiving the encouragement of spiritual friends.  This retreat includes instruction, guided meditations, and group prayers.  There will be time to enjoy a stroll around Westwood Lake where you’ll find bluffs with a spectacular view of the lake and Mt. Benson.