KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTRE VICTORIA
Meditation Classes | IN-PERSON
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: KMC Victoria, 970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC
COST: $15 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 $15 at the door (cash, credit card, most debit cards, or cheque) or just check in if a member.
Enrol in a $60 monthly membership and enjoy unlimited drop-in access to these classes (online or in person) plus discounts on other KMC Victoria events. (Please enrol online at least 3 days before the class)
Radical Contentment ~ How to live life fully in the moment
FEB 19, 26, MAR 4 | 7.00-8.15pm
Our precious human life is taking place right now, this very moment. It is not taking place in our past and it is not taking place in our perceived future. And yet, the past and the future is where we spend so much of our mental time. This is not a strategy for happiness, only for distraction. The time to experience and create the life you truly want is right now, in this very moment.
In this course, through bringing together aspects of Buddha’s teachings on karma, impermanence, and the transformative power of our own mind, Gen Zopa will guide us into a deep appreciation of how every moment of our life is a true marvel, providing us with the joyful opportunity to create the causes for the fulfillment of both our temporary and our deepest wishes.
FEB 19 ~ Finding Spaciousness and Stillness Within
When we calm the confusion of conflicting emotions within our mind we discover an inner spaciousness and contentment.
FEB 26 ~ Focusing on the Karmic Moment
Each moment is an opportunity to infuse our actions with meaning and purpose.
MAR 4 ~ Suffering Cannot Remain From Its Own Side
Recognizing the impermanent nature of every experience, we can let go, and stop holding onto painful feelings.
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.
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.