Monday Evening - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

MONDAY EVENING

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

In-Person + Live-streamed

DAY:  Monday Evening ~ Hybrid

TIME:  7.00-8.15pm
Doors open for drop-in at 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.

Jan 17

Our first Monday Class  in January will be
THE INNER BALANCE OF EQUANIMITY
with Debbi Jones

ONLINE ONLY

We hope to deliver these classes both online and in person.  And they will , at least, be online. Please check back on this page to confirm the in person option.  A decision will be made at least 1 week ahead.

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 if you are attending online

Use this link to register for all four classes in the Staying Inspired in Everyday Life Series (Jan 24 – Feb 14)This series registration will be open until Jan 24th at 6:45 pm.  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 $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)

Staying Inspired in Everyday Life

JAN 24 – FEB 14  Join us for these evenings of meditation, inspiration and practical instruction.  Finding peace, starts with training the mind and taking control.  In this course, through Buddha’s deep and profound understanding of the mind, we’ll learn to develop and maintain a realistic and positive outlook, especially during our uncertain times.  Open to all levels, from complete beginner to experienced meditators.  

Jan 24 ~ IN CONTROL, NOT CONTROLLING

Buddha’s teachings are so precious because they explain that to control our experiences we need to control our actions, and to control our actions we need to control our mind.    Register here to attend this class online.

Jan 31 ~ OUR HIGHEST ASPIRATION

Learn how to develop and maintain special understandings and aspirations that will energize our life with joy and purpose, leading us to even the supreme happiness of enlightenment.    Register here to attend this class online.

Feb 7 ~ OUR MIND IS A VEHICLE

Explore how our mind has the power to create our world of experiences.  By practically applying a Buddhist understanding of human psychology we can eradicate negative emotions and come to experience deep inner peace.    Register here to attend this class online.

Feb 14 ~ STAYING ON TRACK

Learn how to encourage yourself to transform all situations into opportunities to progress along the spiritual path with joy, energy and enthusiasm.    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.

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 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