In-Person and Online
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: Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC
COST: $12 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 plus discounts on other Bodhichitta Centre events. (Please enrol online at least 3 days before the class)
PURIFYING OUR UNWANTED KARMA
Nov 20, 27, Dec 4 | 10.00-11.15am
Buddha taught that our mind creates our experience of everything, and due to negativity in our mind we experience problems and suffering. Through his understanding of how karma functions, Buddha taught methods to purify negativity within our mind. Through engaging in these simple, but profound practices, we can remove the causes of our future problems and suffering, and gradually increase our happiness and good qualities.
NOV 20 ~ Is It Bad Luck or Bad Karma
Karma is a Sanskrit word that means action. Every action we perform leaves and imprint, or potentiality, on our very subtle mind, and each imprint eventually gives rise to its own effect.
NOV 27 ~ Regret Is More Than Apologizing
We develop regret by remembering all the dangers of our negativity. Indirectly, regret destroys both the potentialities of our non-virtuous actions and our wish to repeat such actions in the future.
DEC 4 ~ Purifying Mind Technology
The degree of purification we attain depends upon the strength of the four opponent powers. The four opponent powers give our purification practice the power to remove all our negative potentialities that are the cause for experiencing problems and suffering.
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.
WHAT ARE THE COVID PROTOCOLS FOR ATTENDANCE?
- Stay home if sick or not feeling well
- Masks are optional
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.