Monday Evening - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

MONDAY EVENING

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

In-Person + Live-streamed

DAY:  Monday Evening ~ Hybrid

TIME:  7.00-8.15pm
Doors will open for drop-in at approx. 6:45pm

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

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 can be attended in person or online. If you are attending in person please arrive at Bodhichitta Centre 5 to 15 minutes before class starts and pay $12 at the door (credit card, debit card, cash or cheque) or just check in if a member.

REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND ONLINE

Use this link to register for all four classes in the Karma series (Oct 18 – Nov 15).
To register only for a single class, use the link in the class descriptions below.  (Registration is for ONLINE access ONLY)

FREE WITH MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP

Enroll in a $50 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)

Karma, The Power to Change Your LIfe

OCT 18 – NOV 15 (no class Oct 25)  Our capacity for transformation is extraordinary.  Understanding karma gives us the power to change our lives.  By understanding that our happiness comes from our positive thoughts and actions, and our unhappiness from our hurtful thoughts and actions, we are given the tools to redirect our lives.

Instead of blaming external circumstances for our unhappiness, we will be inspired to respond with wisdom and creativity – to use the law of karma to our own and others advantage by realizing we have the power to create the experiences that we long for both now and in the future.

Oct 18 ~ UNDERSTANDING KARMA

Buddha’s teachings on karma explain the relationship between our mind, our actions and our experiences. The purpose of understanding and believing in karma is to prevent future suffering and to establish the basic foundation for the path to liberation and enlightenment. Register here to attend this class online.

No Class on Oct 25

Nov 1 ~ HOW KARMA WORKS

What actually makes something good or bad karma?  Why am I having these experiences?  Karma is like gravity; it’s not personal, it’s not a judgement or punishment. If we trip and fall, we don’t get angry with gravity. By understanding how karma functions we can learn to transform, and avoid difficulty, thereby creating lasting happiness. Register here to attend this class online.

Nov 8 ~ CREATING A BETTER FUTURE

Karma is just as good as it is bad.  If we know how to create the best karma, we will experience a very bright future.  We can be wealthy, respected, compassionate, even enlightened.  Understanding karma, we can create the causes for whatever future we wish to have.  Come learn how! Register here to attend this class online.

Nov 15 ~ PURIFYING OUR NEGATIVE KARMA

Purifying our mind of negative karma is the root of all future happiness.  Purification practice is a powerful method to remove karmic potentials that give rise to painful experiences and that are obstacles to attaining spiritual realizations. 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

  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.

Book - The New Eight Steps to Happiness
FAQS
Q. What are the COVID protocols for in-person participants?

*The teacher will remove their mask once seated.

We encourage you to use our on-line 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 join at any point in 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