University of Victoria - Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre


Meditation Class


The University of Victoria courses listed below will be delivered online.  You can register through the University by clicking on the course number or dates, or by calling the Registration Desk at 250-472-4747. 

DAY:  Saturday Morning  (see dates below)

TIME:  10.00-11am

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

WHERE:  University of Victoria (Online)

Suitable for everyone!  These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.


Call:  University of Victoria, Continuing Studies

Online:  Click the links for each course below

Dates & Cost:
Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24.  (6 sessions) $69+tax
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12.  (6 sessions) $69+tax


SEP 19, 26, OCT 3, 10, 17, 24


ASHI760 2020F D01

Transforming adverse conditions is vital in these difficult and challenging times. When things don’t work out the way we want them to our usual reaction is to become upset or disappointed. 

By reflecting deeply on Buddhist teachings we can learn to accept whatever happens with a calm and peaceful mind, and stay positive in any situation. Instead of allowing adversities to make us unhappy and discouraged we can use them to enhance our spiritual growth and thereby maintain a pure and peaceful mind. 


NOV 7, 14, 21, 28, DEC 5, 12


ASHI755 2020F D01

Living in our rapidly changing world has become, for many people, a bewildering experience of uncertainty and anxiety about our individual wellbeing and collective survival.  Buddha’s teachings, the Dharma, give unmistaken and practical advice on how we can solve our daily problems of uncontrolled desire, anger, and ignorance, and how we can make our human life meaningful.  

In this course we will explore three fundamental questions that, from a Buddhist point of view, cut to the very core of our human experience: How will practicing Buddha’s teachings benefit me?  Why do I need to be concerned for my future lives?  Why do I need permanent liberation from suffering?  



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.


The teacher will then give a practical teaching  based on the book, How To Transform Your Life, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

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.

  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. 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?

Yes, please contact the University of Victoria, Continuing Studies, using the Registration information on this page. 

Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

Yes, each course requires advance booking through the University of Victoria, Continuing Studies.