Sunday Morning - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

SUNDAY MORNING

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

In-Person + Live-streamed

DAY:  Sunday Morning ~ Hybrid

TIME:  10.00-11.15am
Doors open for drop-in at 9:45am

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

COST:  $12 per class / Free for Members

WHERE:  970 Blanshard Street, Victoria

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

Jan 9 & 16

Our first Sunday classes in January will be
FORMULA FOR HAPPIINESS
with Sachi Tamura
ONLINE ONLY

We hope to deliver these classes both online and in person.  And they will, at least, be online. Please check back on this page to confirm the in person option.  A decision will be made at least 1 week ahead.
If you are attending in person please arrive at Bodhichitta Centre 5-15 minutes before class starts and pay $12 at the door (cash, credit card or cheque) or just check in if a member.

REGISTER HERE if you are attending online

Use this link to register for all three classes in the Emptiness: the Absense of Limitation Series (Jan 23 – Feb 6).  This series registration will be open until Jan 23rd at 9:45am.  To register only for a single class, use the link in the class descriptions below.  (Registration is for ONLINE access ONLY)

FREE WITH MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP

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

Emptiness: The Absense of Limitation

JAN 23 – FEB 6  Emptiness is the absence of limitations and by realizing how everything possesses the quality of emptiness, we can find permanent freedom from suffering.  When Buddha revealed the truth of emptiness, he opened the door to lasting inner peace whose nature is bliss.  Through investigating the nature of our emotions, we can realize their emptiness.  By realizing their emptiness, we are free.

Jan 23 ~ FREEING OUR MIND FROM CONFUSION

Discover how it is possible for us to transform our mind from its present confused and self-centred state into perfect wisdom and compassion and thereby fulfil our deepest wishes for a happy life.    Register here to attend this class online.

Jan 30 ~ LIKE DREAMS, ILLUSIONS AND MIRAGES

Just as all the things experienced in a dream are mere appearances to mind, so all beings, their environments, their enjoyments, and all other phenomena are mere appearances to mind.    Register here to attend this class online.

Feb 6 ~ LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES

Do you ever feel stuck? The same old thoughts going round and round in your head?  Learn to unleash your limitless potential by letting go of the limited conceptions of yourself, enabling you to change into who you really want to be.    Register here to attend this class online.

CLASS FORMAT

Guided Meditation

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind and let go of distractions. If we wish, we can join in and recite the Liberating Prayer, which is a chanted prayer where we connect with the inspiration of enlightened beings.

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 in-person participants?
  • Stay home if sick or not feeling well
  • Vaccinations are mandatory for all persons who enter the Centre
  • Masks are mandatory for attendees*
  • Venue will provide hand sanitizing supplies;
  • Venue is practicing routine cleaning and disinfection.
  • Capacity is limited and first come, so please arrive a few minutes early to avoid dissapointment.

*The teacher will remove their mask once seated.

We encourage you to use our online options if you are feeling ill, or if you are not vaccinated, or if you are not comfortable or unable to wear a mask.

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. Chairs are provided for seating.

Q. Do I need to book in advance?

If you are attending in-person, no registration is needed, just pay at the door.  If attending online, pre-registration is required using the link above.

Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

No, please feel free to start at any point during the series. Each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

Q. What is your policy regarding fragrance?
We strive to be a scent free environment. Please help us keep the air we share healthy and fragrance free. The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma and allergies.
Q. What is your policy regarding late arrival?

Our doors open 15 minutes before class start.  Kindly arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class start to facilitate check-in and get seated.  Out of kindness for our volunteers, students and Teachers, we cannot accommodate latecomers.  Thank you for your understanding.

LOCATION

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre