Sidney SHOAL Centre - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre


In-Person Class

DAY:  Monday Morning (In-Person)

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 $50 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)


Imagine the world filled with loving kindness, with no fighting, violence, hostility or prejudice. Changing the world starts with changing ourselves. Start your journey to loving kindness by becoming familiar with the mind of equanimity—a warm and friendly feeling towards all living beings.

Most of us have some people we hold close and dear, some we dislike, and some we feel indifferent about. As a result, our mind is like a pendulum that swings back and forth between feelings of attachment and aversion. In this course, we’ll focus on developing the experience of equanimity. 

Nov 1 - Dec 13 ~ No Class on Oct 25

  • Letting go of fault-finding
  • Blame self-centredness for all problems
  • Practicing equanimity
  • Love is the way
  • First you, then me
  • 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?

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. If they do not have a passport, their vaccination card will suffice until September 24.


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.