Sidney SHOAL Centre - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

SIDNEY SHOAL CENTRE

In-Person Class

Pre- Registration Required

In accordance with new measures to control COVID-19 announced by the BC Provincial Health Officer, our in-person classes at Bodhichitta Centre, Sidney SHOAL Centre and Comox will be cancelled through December 7.
Online and UVic classes will continue as scheduled.

DAY:  Monday Morning (In-Person)

TIME: 10.30-11.30am 

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

COST:  $10 each class  / Free for Members

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

REGISTRATION FOR DEC 14 will open here if the order is lifted

Registration closes at 7:30am on the day of the class so that an attendance list can be generated. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Pre-registration is required  as the number of  attendants is limited to 12.  Please read the Covid protocol for this location in the FAQ below.  

LEARNING TO LOVE DIFFICULT PEOPLE

Buddhist philosophy offers clear methods for improving our relationships with others simply by changing the way we view them. During this course we will practice meditations that help improve the way we relate and respond to others, so we can be at peace regardless of how others behave. 

NOV 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, DEC 7, 14

  • Why do we find it so difficult to cherish others?
  • Equanimity for everyone.
  • Recognizing the kindness of others.
  • The benefits of cherishing others.
  • Living beings have no faults.
  • Patient acceptance.
  • Equalizing self and others.

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

Book - The New Eight Steps to Happiness
CLASS FORMAT

Guided Meditation

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

Teaching

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.

THE TEACHER

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.

FAQS
Q. What are the COVID protocols for participants?

We are operating within the guidelines of the SHOAL Centre COVID protocols.

  1. Arrive between 5 and 15 minutes early and enter through the MAIN DOOR only.  You will need to tell staff what class you are attending.
  2. Do not come if you have traveled or been around someone who has travelled in the last 14 days or if you have a temperature, sore throat or a cough.  If you are unwell and unsure, please use the BC Covd-19 Self-Assessment tool here.
  3. The use of a mask is mandatory when entering the bulding.   You should maintain social distance at all times, especially in the lines for entry and signing in.  After taking your socially distanced seat in the meditation room, the mask is highly recommended, but not mandatory.
  4.  Go directly to the class which will be upstairs in the card room.
  5. You will be asked to sign in next to your name.  This sign-in sheet will be shared with SHOAL Centre (but we will not provide any contact information UNLESS required for contact tracing).
  6. There will be no tea or snack and please don’t share food or beverage items.
  7. Restrooms – there is one upstairs and one downstairs available to you – please respect the signs for the stalls that have been closed.
  8. Please sanitize or wash your hands upon entering and after touching any public surface.

Note: SHOAL Centre reserves the right to take temperature checks so do not come if you have a temperature higher than 37.5.

 

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?

Due to the strict limitations on occupancy and the need to check in at the main entrance to the SHOAL Centre, pre-registration is required right now.  In the future, this will revert to being a drop-in class.  Thank you for your understanding.

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