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: 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)
ENTERING THE BUDDHIST PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT
SEPT 13 – OCT 11 |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 see clearly the path to a lasting sense of purpose, peace and happiness?
In this series we will explore the initial scope of the Kadam Lamrim meditations which are a special method for putting Buddha’s teachings into practice.
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 ~ No Class – Holy Spiritual Guide Retreat.
SEPT 27 ~ 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.
OCT 4 ~ 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 11 ~ 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 18 ~ 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.
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 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.