Monday Evening - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

MONDAY EVENING

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

In-Person and Online 

MONDAY EVENING

Meditation Classes | IN-PERSON and ONLINE

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

DAY:  Mondays, 7.00-8.15pm

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC

COST:  $12 per class or FREE with Membership

IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: No registration necessary

We open our doors at 6:45pm.  Please arrive a few minutes before class starts and pay $12 at the door (cash, credit card, or cheque) or just check in if a member.

ONLINE ACCESS: Register below

Use the links below to register either for the  FULL SERIES online (while available) or for INDIVIDUAL WEEKLY CLASSES.

MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP

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

EXPLORING OUR CONSCIOUSNESS

June 27 – Aug 15 (no class July 25) | 7.00-8.15pm

IN-PERSON and ONLINE

Disturbing thoughts and feelings are like bad weather, temporarily clouding and obscuring the clarity of our mind. When the storm of delusions disappears, our mind becomes clear, still and bright, like a cloudless blue sky.

In this series of 7 classes, we will have the opportunity to learn more about how our minds operate, as well as practical strategies for changing our minds to a more positive and peaceful state.

CLICK HERE  to register for the FULL ONLINE SERIES

Helpful information about how to attend Online Classes

How to register for the full series: Using the link above, you may register for all the classes in this series until 6.45pm on Monday, June 27. 

How to register for an individual class: Using the links below, you may register for an individual class.  You have 48 hours to watch the replay of the class.

WEEKLY TOPICS

JUNE 27 ~ Finding Your Peaceful Mind with Sachi Tamura
Buddha taught many profound methods of spiritual training, all of which are practical ways to purify and control our mind.  If we put these methods into practice we will definitely gain a special experience of mental peace.  If you have been looking for your peaceful mind, you may find that it is closer than you think.   Register here to attend this class online

JULY 4 ~ The Mind is like a Movie Projector with Julia Anderson
In this class we will explore the implications of the combination of the Buddhist understanding of mind, emptiness and karma. This will give us a powerful tool for reframing our normal viewpoint.  Register here to attend this class online

JULY 11 ~ Feelings Aren’t Facts with Debbi Jones
Have you felt weighed down by painful feelings that seem to have a life of their own?  Buddhist teachings offer us the tools to help us shift our experience and gain peace amidst the challenges in our lives.  We can learn how to let go of feelings that are not helpful.  Register here to attend this class online

JULY 18 ~ How we Discriminate with Grace Dawson
Discrimination is fundamental to our ability to identify and recognize objects, operating within both our mental awareness and all of our sense awarenesses. Come find out more about how we can control this important function  Register here to attend this class online

JULY 25 ~ No Class (Offering to the Spiritual Guide at 6 pm – All Welcome)

AUG 1 ~ Becoming More Intentional with Alison Bowe
Buddha taught that the principal function of intention is to create karma. All the mental, verbal, and bodily actions that create karma depend upon intention. Therefore, all our happiness and unhappiness also depend upon intention. This class explores how we can create the positive intentions that will result in a happy and meaningful life.  Register here to attend this class online

AUG 8 ~ Developing Mindfulness and Focus with Alice Loring
Nagarjuna said, ‘From concentration comes peace’. Mindfulness helps us to not forget objects, and the ability to focus helps develop our spiritual practice. Our mind can become strong, stable, and very peaceful when we develop mindfulness and our ability to focus.  Register here to attend this class online

AUG 15 ~ Detaching from Negative Thoughts with Grace Dawson
Negative thoughts cause us to suffer – even if the experience itself is over.  Buddha offered many insights about the power the mind to create our experience and how we all can use our minds to break free from unhelpful thoughts.  Register here to attend this class online

TEACHERS

FINDING STILLNESS and BALANCE

Aug 22, 29 | 7.00-8.15pm

IN-PERSON and ONLINE

Do you want to disconnect from the noise, distraction, and stress of modern daily life?  In this 2-part course, learn how to find the space to unplug from digital life and settle into a peaceful and refreshed state of mind.  Greater peace and happiness await you. 

CLICK HERE  to register for the FULL ONLINE SERIES

Helpful information about how to attend Online Classes

How to register for the full series: Using the link above, you may register for all the classes in this series until 6.45pm on Monday, Aug 22. 

How to register for an individual class: Using the links below, you may register for an individual class.  You have 48 hours to watch the replay of the class.

TWO-PART COURSE

AUG 22 ~ Detoxify your Body, Speech, and Mind
Gen Kelsang Zopa will guide you in a powerful breathing meditation to help detoxify your body, speech, and mind.  Register here to attend this class online

AUG 29 ~ Fill your Heart with Positive Energy
Experience this special meditation which will fill you with positive energy and strengthen your good heart.   Register here to attend this class online

TEACHER

Gen Kelsang Zopa 

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

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF EACH CLASS?

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 a book by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

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.

WHAT ARE THE COVID PROTOCOLS FOR ATTENDANCE?

*The teacher will remove their mask once seated.

 Thank you.

MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q. Do I need to book in advance to attend in person?

No, please just drop in a few minutes before the class starts and pay at the door with cash, credit card or cheque.  Members just tick their name on the list.

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

No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like.  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