In-Person and Online
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.
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)
May 2, 9, 23 (no class May 16) | 7.00-8.15pm
IN-PERSON and ONLINE
Every moment of our human life is precious, rare, and immensely meaningful. Yet, with the stresses of daily life and chaos in the world, it can sometimes be hard to wake up to each new day with a sense of joy and clarity of purpose. Meditations on the preciousness of human life have the power to uplift the mind, giving you a renewed sense of gratitude and joy.
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, May 2.
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.
MAY 2 ~ Awaken Your Buddha Nature
Recognize this life’s opportunity to awaken your Buddha nature, the limitless potential for happiness, and transformation that lies within you. Register here to attend this class online
MAY 9 ~ Why Buddhists Believe In Past And Future Lives
Buddha taught that our mind and body are separate entities, and so even though the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind remains unbroken. Register here to attend this class online
MAY 23 ~ Happiness That Lasts Beyond This Life
Understanding the existence of our future lives will motivate us to prepare for the happiness of our future lives, or try to attain permanent liberation from suffering by abandoning our delusions. Register here to attend this class online
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.
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?
- Stay home if sick or not feeling well
- Masks are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED for attendees*
- Seating is limited to provide some space between attendees
- Venue will provide hand sanitizing supplies;
- Venue is practicing routine cleaning and disinfection.
*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 with our protocols at this time. 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.