DAY: Tuesday Evening
COST: $10 per class / Free for Members
WHERE: 970 Blanshard Street, Victoria
Suitable for everyone! These in-person classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings. On-line pre-registration is required.
Class enrolment is very limited due to social distancing requirements. Registration will be on a class by class basis. Registration for the next class will open at 5:00pm on Oct. 27th.
SERIES 1: Love is the Equalizer
Imagine the world filled with loving-kindness. No fighting, violence, hostility or prejudice. Changing the world starts with changing ourselves. Start your journey to loving-kindness by becoming familiar with the mind of equanimity. Equanimity frees our mind from unbalanced attitudes such as anger, jealousy and fear; states of mind that disturb our inner peace.
OCT 27 ~ SEEING GOOD WITHIN OURSELF
Each and every living being has within them the seed or potential to become a Buddha – this is our Buddha nature. Our Buddha nature is like a blue sky, temporarily pervaded by clouds of delusion. Through wisdom we can remove the clouds of delusion.
NOV 3 ~ INTENTIONS REALLY MATTER
The principal function of intention is to create karma. Karma is the principal determinant of the quality of our life. Whether we have a pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral experience depends on what karma is ripening. Therefore it is critical for us to get control of our karma.
NOV 10 ~ NO ONE IS A STRANGER
Our mind is very uneven. We perceive some people as friends, some as enemies and most as strangers. In order to protect our ego we make these changing discriminations. Friends, enemies and strangers all arise from the way we look at the world.
NOV 17 ~ KINDNESS IS EVERYWHERE
We need others for our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. We can’t exist without others, and they in turn are affected by everything we do. Contemplating the innumerable ways in which others help us, we make a firm decision to cherish all living beings.
SERIES 2: Guided by Love
When our family or friends are suffering we easily develop compassion for them, but we find it far more difficult to feel sympathy for people we find unpleasant or for strangers. If we genuinely want to be of benefit in this world, we need to lead with powerful compassion that embraces all living beings without exception.
NOV 24 ~ LETTING GO OF FAULT-FINDING
All the faults we see in people are actually the faults of their delusions, not of the people themselves. Delusions are like a powerful hallucinogenic drug that forces people to act in ways that are contrary to their real nature.
DEC 1 ~ BLAME SELF-CENTREDNESS
All the problems of human society, such as war, crime , pollution, poverty, injustice, and disharmony are the results of self-cherishing. If everyone were to practice cherishing others, many of the major problems of the world would soon be solved.
DEC 8 ~ LOVE IS THE WAY
To increase our ability to cherish others, we think, “Just as my happiness is important, so is the happiness of everyone else.” This way of thinking is called the practice of “equalizing self and others”. It teaches us to cherish others as much as we cherish ourself.
DEC 15 ~ FIRST YOU, THEN ME
We need to train our mind in exchanging self with others because our selfish intentions interfere with our ability to benefit others. When our intention is mixed with selfish concern, our ability to help others lacks power and we can never be sure that our actions are actually beneficial.
The teacher will then give a practical teaching based on the book, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, 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 participants?
Before arriving for class, please read the In-Person Participant Guidelines here.
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?
Yes. Enrolment is limited and on-line pre-registration is required.
Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?
No, please feel free to register for individual classes. 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. As we are required to check in every individual we cannot accommodate latecomers.