Sidney SHOAL Centre - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre


In-Person Class

DAY:  Monday Morning (In-Person)

DATES: Starting  January 24
             No class Feb 21 or April 18

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

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)


Although everyone wants to be happy, sometimes we find it difficult to be happy even for a whole day.  However, Buddha taught that everyone has a profound inner potential to experience lasting, pure happiness, which we can develop through spiritual practices like meditation and mindfulness.  We will learn step by step how to let go of anxiety, frustration and other problems, and how to develop greater levels of lasting peace and happiness

Practicing these step-by-step carefully crafted meditations will nourish the qualities in our mind that lead to our happiness and reduce our painful thoughts and feelings. We will notice our mind becoming healthier, stronger, and finally more enlightened.

Jan 24 - Feb 28

(No class Feb 21)

  • Enhancing our self-confidence
  • Developing contentment
  • Overcoming distractions
  • Recognizing our anger
  • Practicing patience
  • Increasing our empathy

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?

Everyone must show proof of vaccination to enter SHOAL Centre. 
Everyone must be masked while in the centre’s common areas. 
Students need to remain masked in the class.
Do not attend if you are feeling ill.

 SHOAL Centre Details:

New legal requirements for providing proof of vaccination status in recreation centres will take effect on Sept 13. This means that the law requires proof of vaccination for all SHOAL Centre visitors and those who are participating in activities here. Participants in your class will have to stop by SHOAL reception to have their passports read. 

Please also:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when entering the building.
  • Practice physical distancing: keep at least 2 metres away from others.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Don’t share equipment or food and beverage items.
  • Don’t come to the centre if you have travelled or been around someone who has travelled in the last 14 days.

Our Applicable Class Protocols are:

  • Stay home if sick or not feeling well
  • Masks are mandatory 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.