In-Person + Live-streamed
DAY: Monday Evening ~ Hybrid
Doors will open for drop-in at approx. 6:45pm
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Q. What are the COVID protocols for in-person participants?
- Stay home if sick or not feeling well
- Masks are mandatory for attendees*
- Venue will provide hand sanitizing supplies;
- Venue is practicing routine cleaning and disinfection.
- Capacity is limited
*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?
Q. Do I need to have any experience?
Q. How should I dress?
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?
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.