PRAISES TO BUDDHA TARA
Opening the Door to Peace
Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
DATE: Sunday, Jan 8, 9.00am-5.00pm
WHERE: Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC
COST: by donation
IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: No registration necessary
We open our doors 15 minutes before the start of each meditation session. As a courtesy to participants, please arrive a few minutes before the session begins.
ABOUT THIS RETREAT
Homage to Tara, the Swift One, the Heroine!
Buddha Arya Tara is a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Tara’s name means ‘Rescuer’ and she is considered the Spiritual Mother of all the Buddhas. We can rely upon Tara to protect us from all inner and outer obstacles, fulfill all our wishes, and provide us with all the necessary conditions to help guide and inspire us along our spiritual path.
In thiis retreat five sessions of Tara Prayers will be recited according to the booklet, “Liberation from Sorrow – Praises and Requests to the Twenty-One Taras”
PRAISES TO BUDDHA TARA
Tuesday, Jan 8, 9.00am-5.00pm
PRAYER BOOKLET: Liberation from Sorrow ~ Praises and Requests to the Twenty-One Taras.
WHO CAN ATTEND: Everyone is welcome to attend. Come for the full day or drop in for individual sessions. No experience necessary.
9.00-10.00am ~ Session 1
10.30-11.30am ~ Session 2
1.00-2.00pm ~ Session 3
2.30-3.30pm ~ Session 4
4.00-5.00pm ~ Session 5
Alison has been a member of Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre from its inception and is our new Education Program Director. She works as an instructor at Camosun College and a member of the Accessible Learning Team. Alison brings many years of practice and experience to her teaching.
Alice is a founding member of our Centre and a student in Foundation Program. She leads noon meditation and coordinates the Centre’s social media outreach. Alice brings her creative energy, warmth, and years of meditation experience to her classes.
Mariem is a member of our Teacher Training Program, leads noon meditation on Wednesdays and coordinates the Centre’s group meditation prayers. She brings many years of meditation experience, retreat and practice to her classes.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE COURSE?
TEACHING The teacher will then give a practical teaching based on a book by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
GUIDED MEDITATION Each session includes 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 optional
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.