In-Person + Live-streamed
DAY: Sunday Morning ~ Hybrid
Doors will open for drop-in at approx. 9:45am
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 in-person participants?
- Stay home if sick or not feeling well
- Masks are mandatory for attendees*
- Venue will provide hand sanitizing supplies;
- Venue is practicing routine cleaning and disinfection.
- Capacity is limited
*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?
Q. Do I need to have any experience?
Q. How should I dress?
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?
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.