Formula for Happiness - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

FORMULA FOR HAPPINESS

SUNDAY JAN 9 & 16 – BODHICHITTA CENTRE

Live-streamed

DAY:  Sunday, January 9 & 16

TIME:  10.00-11.15am

TEACHER:  Sachi Tamura

COST:  $12 per class / Free for Members

WHERE:  970 Blanshard Street, Victoria

Suitable for everyone!  These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.

These classes are online. 
Video replay will be available.

REGISTER HERE for the series

Use this link to register for both classes in the Formula for Happiness series (Jan 9 & 16).  Registration will be open until Jan 9 at 9:30am.  To register only for a single class, use the link in the class descriptions below.  

FREE WITH MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP

Enrol in a $60 monthly membership and enjoy unlimited access to these classes (online or in-person) plus discounts on other Bodhichitta Centre events.  (Please enrol online at least 3 days before the class)

The Formula for Happiness

JAN 9 & 16  Is there a set of ingredients that guarantees the production of happiness?  Yes there is, but it is not what we think.  Come and dicover more about the scientific methods for training the mind taught by Buddha 2600 years ago and make a fresh start in the New Year.

Jan 9 ~ UNDERSTANDING HAPPINESS

We think our happiness comes from external things, but this is not the case.  In this class Sachi will help us analyze where our happiness actually comes from and what this means about how we can get it under our control.    Register here to attend this class online.

Jan 16 ~ DECLUTTER YOUR MIND

How can we achieve that peaceful mind?  Buddha taught that our mind is always moving, flitting from thought to thought without control.  It might seem harmless, but this unstable attention makes our inner world cluttered, congested, and unpeaceful and make us unable be happy.  Learn more about your mind and how to declutter it.   Register here to attend this class online.

CLASS FORMAT

Guided Meditation

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind and let go of distractions. If we wish, we can join in and recite the Liberating Prayer, which is a chanted prayer where we connect with the inspiration of enlightened beings.

Teaching

The teacher will then give a practical teaching  based on the book, How to Transform Your Life, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

Concluding Meditation

The class will finish with a concluding meditation to help us take the teaching to heart and there is also the opportunity to ask questions.

THE TEACHER

The smiling face of Sachi Tamura  Sachi Tamura

Sachi is a member of the Teacher Training Program and presently teaches weekly classes at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre on  Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.  Sachi’s background includes experience in human services, community music, and death midwifery.

FAQS
Q. What are the COVID protocols for in-person participants?
  • Stay home if sick or not feeling well
  • Vaccinations are mandatory for all persons who enter the Centre
  • Masks are mandatory for attendees*
  • Venue will provide hand sanitizing supplies;
  • Venue is practicing routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • Capacity is limited and first come, so please arrive a few minutes early to avoid dissapointment.

*The teacher will remove their mask once seated.

We encourage you to use our online options if you are feeling ill, or if you are not vaccinated, or if you are not comfortable or unable to wear a mask.

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. Chairs are provided for seating.

Q. Do I need to book in advance?

If you are attending in-person, no registration is needed, just pay at the door.  If attending online, pre-registration is required using the link above.

Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

No, please feel free to start at any point during the series. 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.

LOCATION

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre