KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTRE VICTORIA
Meditation Classes | IN-PERSON
Suitable for everyone! These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings. See detailed course descriptions below.
DAY: Sundays, 10.00-11.15am
WHERE: KMC Victoria, 970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC
COST: $15 per class or FREE with Membership
IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: No registration necessary
We open our doors 15 minutes before the event starts (9:45am for classes). Please arrive a few minutes before class starts and pay at the door (cash, credit card, or cheque) .
Enrol in a $60 monthly membership and enjoy unlimited drop-in access to these classes (online or in person) plus discounts on other KMC Victoria events. (Please enrol online at least 3 days before the class)
Fearless Into The Future
MAR 3, 17, 31 | 10.00-11.15am
(Regular classes will be replaced by OSG Prayers on Feb 25, a 1-day Refuge Retreat on Mar 10; and a 1-Day Course on Mar 24)
There are two types of fear. One is not constructive, the other is extremely useful and even essential. The first – deluded fear – arises when we anticipate catastrophe in the future and feel overwhelmed by it. This fear just locks us into states of ongoing dread and anxiety. The second type of fear – non-deluded fear – anticipates future problems, but instead of feeling overwhelmed by them, prepares for them confidently, knowing that there is always a meaningful and positive response.
In this course, through talks, guided meditations, and discussion, we will learn to clearly distinguish between these two types of fear. We can then learn to transform deluded fear into the very means for generating inner confidence and peace, which will enable us to deal skillfully with whatever difficult situations appear. Developing this inner skill and wisdom is the key to being able to live fearlessly, wisely, and happily, both now and in the future.
FEB 25 ~ (no class) Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers (10-11.45am)
MAR 3 ~ Deluded Fear Comes from Attachment and Grasping
The minds of attachment and grasping give rise to our deluded fears, dread and anxiety.
MAR 10 ~ 1-day Refuge Retreat 9.30am-3.00pm
Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers (1.30-3.00pm)
MAR 17 ~ Fear the Cause, Not The Effect
Buddha’s wisdom diverts our attention to addressing the actual inner causes of suffering.
MAR 24~ 1-Day Course with Gen Rinzin (9.30am-2.30pm)
MAR 31 ~ Transforming Adversity
Learn to develop inner confidence and peace that will enable us to deal skillfully with whatever difficult situations we encounter.
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.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF EACH CLASS?
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 a book by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
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.
MORE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 to attend in person?
No, please just drop in a few minutes before the class starts and pay at the door with cash, credit card or cheque. Members just tick their name on the list.
Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?
No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. 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.