In-Person and Online
Meditation Classes | IN-PERSON and ONLINE
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: Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm
WHERE: Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard St., Victoria BC
COST: $12 per class or FREE with Membership
IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE: No registration necessary
Please arrive a few minutes before class starts and pay $12 at the door (cash, credit card, or cheque) or just check in if a member.
ONLINE ACCESS: Register below
Use the links below to register either for the FULL SERIES online (while available) or for INDIVIDUAL WEEKLY CLASSES.
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)
May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21 | 1.30-2.30pm
IN-PERSON and ONLINE
In this series we will explore Venerable Gesh-la’s explanation of what disturbs our mind and how to manage these feelings of unhappiness on his book “How to Solve our Human Problems”.
Helpful information about how to attend Online Classes
How to register for the full series: Using the link above, you may register for all the classes in this series until 8am on Saturday, May 21. You have until midnight on that Saturday to watch the first class in the series.
How to register for an individual class: Using the links below, you may register for an individual class until 8am on the following Saturday. You have until midnight on that Saturday to watch the class.
MAY 17 ~ The Four Noble Truths (Part 1)
Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths to help us to understand our current condition. Without first understanding our situation we may never put effort into becoming liberated from suffering. Register here to attend this class online
MAY 24 ~ The Four Noble Truths (Part 2)
Through understanding the Four Noble Truths, we more clearly see our reality, and our motivation to follow the Buddhist path will definitely begin to arise. Register here to attend this class online
Jun 14 ~ The Patience of Thinking About Dharma
Following the teachings of Buddha isn’t always easy. We must be patient with our own understanding and gradually increase our ability. Register here to attend this class online
Jun 21 ~ Learning Not To Retaliate
Buddha teaches that the best way to overcome the instinctive desire to retaliate is to combine patient acceptance with compassion. Register here to attend this class online
Krista is a member of the Teacher Training Program and has led the guided meditation and an afternoon class on Tuesdays for many years. She has also frequently taught our Saturday classes. Krista is well known for her kind and gentle delivery of Dharma teachings.
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 STRONGLY ENCOURAGED for attendees*
- Seating is limited to provide some space between attendees
- Venue will provide hand sanitizing supplies;
- Venue is practicing routine cleaning and disinfection.
*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 with our protocols at this time. Thank you.
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.