Sunday Morning - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

SUNDAY MORNING

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

In-Person + Live-streamed

DAY:  Sunday Morning ~ Hybrid

TIME:  10.00-11.15am
Doors will open for drop-in at approx. 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.

These classes can be attended in person or online.  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 four classes in the Living Lightly with Wisdom series (Nov 28 – Dec 14).  Registration will be open until Nov 28 at 9:30am.  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 $50 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)

Living Lightly with Wisdom

NOV 28 – DEC 19  In this 4-part course, we will focus on how to connect with a wisdom that liberates us from suffering.  We naturally believe that the things we see around us, such as tables, chairs and houses are truly existent, because we believe that they exist in exactly the way that they appear.  However, the way things appear to our senses is deceptive and completely contradictory to the way in which they actually exist.

Nov 28 ~ OUR MISTAKEN PERCEPTIONS

Emptiness is the way things really are.  Things appear to exist from their own side, inherently, without depending upon our mind.  Although things appear directly to our senses to be truly, or inherently, existent, in reality all phenomena lack, or are empty of, true existence.  Register here to attend this class online.

Dec 5 ~ HOW DOES OUR BODY EXIST?

To understand how phenomena are empty of true, or inherent, existence we should consider our own body. Once we have understood how our body lacks true existence we can easily apply the same reasoning to other objects.  Register here to attend this class online.

Dec 12 ~ OUR DREAMLIKE MIND

Our mind is not an independent entity, but an ever-changing continuum that depends upon many factors.  Like everything else, our mind is imputed upon a collection of many factors and therefore lacks inherent existence.   Register here to attend this class online.

Dec 19 ~ OUR IDENTITY IS MERE NAME

Due to the imprints of self-grasping ignorance, our I appears to us as inherently existent, and our self-grasping mind automatically grasps at it in this way.  Although we grasp at an inherently existent I all the time, even during sleep, it is not easy to identify how it appears to our mind. 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?

*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.

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