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.
Tuesday Classes will RESUME on September 13th – see below.
Classes on Monday and, starting Aug 21, on Sunday are available during the summer.. please check those pages.
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.
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)
REJOICING IN LAMRIM - THE STAGES OF THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT
SEPT 13 – DEC 13 | TUESDAYS |1.30-2.30pm
(No Class Oct 18)
Although we want to avoid problems and be happy, we can feel confused about how to do this. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to clearly understand your purpose and feel a sense of peace and happiness? The Lamrim meditations are a special method for putting Buddha’s teachings into practice.
Je Tsongkhapa taught that when we listen to the entire Lamrim we are listening to all Buddha’s teachings and when we practice the entire Lamrim we are practising all Buddha’s teachings. How wonderful!
SEPT 13 ~ How Fortunate We Are!
Our human lives are so precious, especially if we practice Buddha’s teachings. When we know this, we can accomplish all the happiness our heart desires.
SEPT 20 ~ Clearing the Way
The main obstacle to our happiness is our desire for worldly enjoyments. Buddha described this as the ‘laziness of attachment’. Learning how to meditate on death clears this obstacle.
SEPT 27 ~ Motivation to Practise
When we consider Buddha’s teachings on rebirth we might begin to think “If I die today, where will I be tomorrow?” The wisdom that understands how to prepare for our future lives gives us the motivation we need to practice Dharma.
OCT 4 ~ Entering Buddhism
We enter Buddhism when we go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. By doing this we promise to study, mediate, and progress along the path explained by Buddha. This path leads us to permanent happiness.
OCT 11 ~ Karma is Everything
Buddha gave many teachings on Karma. Understanding Karma gives us the power to gain control over our lives and to free ourselves from suffering permanently.
OCT 18 ~ No Class (Fall Festival)
OCT 25~ We Should Know Suffering
When Buddha taught that we should know suffering, he was referring to the suffering of our future lives. Understanding this, we become motivated to free ourselves from the continuous cycle of birth, aging, sickness, and death.
NOV 1 ~ We Should Abandon Origins
The origins of suffering are delusions – especially the delusion of self-grasping. Learning to recognize self-grasping isn’t easy, but putting effort into understanding this delusion will free us from suffering.
NOV 8~ We Should Practise the Path
The stages of the path to liberation can be condensed into the Three Higher Trainings. By practicing the Three Higher Trainings we definitely will make progress towards liberation.
NOV 15 ~ We Should Attain Cessations
Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths to help us to understand our current condition. Understanding this will encourage us to put effort into practicing the path and finally to attain Nirvana, the liberation from all suffering.
NOV 22 ~ The Best Solution to Our Daily Problems
The practice of cherishing others is the best solution for our daily problems and the source of future happiness. In this class, discover Buddha’s teachings on the advantages of cherishing others.
NOV 29 ~ Universal Compassion
Universal compassion is a mind that wishes to permanently free all living beings from suffering. By developing the intention to become enlightened for the benefit of others, we enter the path of Mahayana Buddhism which leads to the attainment of universal compassion.
DEC 6 ~ The Bodhisattva’s Path
We make progress on the path to enlightenment by training to be a Bodhisattva. With the intention to benefit all living beings, we develop the mind of Bodhichitta, practice the six perfections, and travel the path to liberation and enlightenment.
DEC 13 ~ Ultimate Reality – Seeing Clearly
Through studying Buddha’s teachings on emptiness, we begin to understand the true nature of reality. We can recognize that all the things we normally see are like illusions: they do not exist in the way that they appear. Finally, we begin to see our own reality clearly.
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?
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.