Sidney SHOAL Centre - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre


In-Person Class

Weekly classes re-start September 12.  See our Summer 2022 Schedule for classes at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

DAY:  Monday Morning | In-Person

DATES:  New series starts Sept 12

TIME:  10.30-11.45am

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

COST:  $12 each class  / Free for Members

WHERE:   Card Room, 2nd Floor | 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney

IN-PERSON - No registration needed

Please arrive a few minutes early at the SHOAL Centre and pay $12 when entering the classroom (cash or cheque only) or just check in if a member.


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


Do you want to disconnect from noise, distraction, and stress of modern daily life?  Learn how to find the space to unplug from digital life and settle into a peaceful and refreshed state of mind. 

Gen Kelsang Zopa will guide you in a series of breathing meditations to help detoxify your body, speech, and mind, which will fill you with positive energy and strengthen your good heart. Greater peace and happiness await you.

Sep 12 - Oct 3

  • How attachment unbalances our mind
  • Finding balance in equanimity
  • Experiencing the peace of non-attachment
  • Filling your heart with positive energy

Suitable for everyone!  These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings


Guided Meditation

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation to help settle the mind and let go of distractions. 


The teacher will then give a practical teaching  based on the book, How To Transform Your Life, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

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.


  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.

Q. What are the COVID protocols for participants?

 Summary (updated March 2022):
Everyone must show proof of vaccination to enter SHOAL Centre.
Everyone must be masked while in the centre’s common areas.
Students need are strongly encouraged to wear masks during class.
Do not attend if you are feeling ill.


Health & Safety Protocols at SHOAL Centre March 2022:

To comply with Provincial Health Orders:

  • all visitors to the SHOAL Community Centre must  show officially issued proof of vaccination status. We will try to remember all those who have provided us with that information previously so you won’t have to re-show your vaccination status. However, if we ask again, please be patient with us as we navigate this procedure.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the centre’s common areas and are strongly recommended while exercising.
  • Physical distancing is strongly recommended (7 square meters of floor space per person when exercising; 6 feet if in group settings)

Please also remember the importance of regular sanitizing/hand washing when you arrive at the centre. As always, if you are unwell, do not come to SHOAL. 


    Our Applicable Class Protocols are:

    • Stay home if sick or not feeling well
    • Masks are strongly encouraged for attendees*

    *The teacher will remove their mask once seated.

    We encourage you to use our on-line options if you are feeling ill, or if you are  not vaccinated or if you are not comfortable or unable to wear a mask. For instance, there is a class Monday night that is broadcast.

    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?

    Please just drop in a few minutes before the class starts and pay at the door with cash or cheque.  Members just tick their name on the list.