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 plus discounts on other KMC Victoria events. (Please enrol online at least 3 days before the class)
INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA: WISDOM and BLISS
Nov 27, Dec 4, 11 | 7.00-8.15pm
Buddha’s Tantric teachings are methods that harness the imagination to produce powerful inner transformation and deep inner peace. Tantra especially develops both our wisdom and compassion until it produces a powerful bliss that purifies the mind and swiftly leads to enlightenment. By imagining ourself as more loving, more compassionate and more wise we can break out of the prison of our own mundane appearances and ideas, and awaken our vast potential for happiness.
Through special Tantric methods we can develop both our wisdom and our compassion until they completely purify our mind and we quickly attain enlightenment.
NOV 27 ~ What is Tantra?
While the practice of Tantra is very extensive, in this course, Gen Zopa will give a inspiring introduction, including powerful methods that anyone can use right away.
DEC 4 ~ Tantra Purifies our Mind and World
Tantra develops both our wisdom and compassion until it produces a powerful bliss that purifies the mind and swiftly leads to enlightenment.
DEC 11 ~ Realizing Our Buddha Nature
By accessing more subtle levels of consciousness we can quickly develop our Buddha Nature or potential for enlightenment.
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.