Sidney SHOAL Centre - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre


In-Person Class

Pre- Registration Recommended

In-person classes at Bodhichitta Centre, Sidney SHOAL Centre, and Comox  will restart when permitted under BC’s COVID-19 restrictions.  Please check here or watch for our newsletter for updates.

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

Pre-registration is recommended as the number of attendants is limited to 12.  However, drop-in will be allowed if the 12 is not filled.  Please read the Covid protocol for this location in the FAQ below.  

REGISTRATION will be here

Registration will open as soon as we know when classes may re-start.  Please check our newsletter for updates.



We have a plan for external threats like a pandemic, earthquake or flood, but, do we have a plan for when things get stormy in our mind?  By practicing Buddha’s teachings we protect ourself from suffering and problems originating in negative states of mind such as hatred and desire. 

Topic for First 5 weeks:

  • What is the real danger?
  • Is anger helpful or harmful?
  • Where do our feelings come from?
  • Should we follow our desire?
  • Developing positive aspirations

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

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?

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.