UNIVERSITY of VICTORIA
Online Meditation Class
DAY: Saturday Morning (see dates below)
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
WHERE: Online (University of Victoria)
Suitable for everyone! These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.
HARNESSING SPIRITUAL POWER FOR CHANGE
SEP 18, 25, Oct 2, 9
Buddha was a revolutionary spiritual teacher who taught at a time of great change and challenged social norms. Modern Buddhism is just as relevant during this time of significant cultural challenges. To bring about lasting meaningful change, we need to start at the source with our minds.
This course will inspire you, challenge you and empower you with the confidence to rethink, recreate and transform the world in which we all live.
We will cover four topics:
- The Pure Potential of our Mind
- Dislodging Delusions and Strong Emotions
- Seeing Goodness in Others
- Active Empathy: A Vision for World Peace
TAMING THE WILD ELEPHANT MIND
OCT 23, 30, NOV 6, 13
Do you ever feel that your mind is like a wild elephant, your thoughts running back and forth uncontrolled? The great Indian Buddhist master Shantideva reminds us that a wild elephant loose in a populated area will cause massive destruction, but an uncontrolled wild mind can cause even more harm.
This course will cover mind-training techniques taught by Buddha, giving us the tools we need to experience mental freedom and joy.
Topics will include:
- Our Mind and the Role of Meditation
- Where do Negative Emotions Come From?
- Taming our Delusions
- Cultivating a Peaceful, Positive Mind
Gen Kelsang Zopa will give a practical teaching based on the books of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.
After the teaching students are welcome to ask questions to clarify their understanding of the subject.
The class will finish with a concluding contemplation to help us take the teaching to heart.
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?
Q. Do I need to have any experience?
Q. How should I dress?
Classes are only available online until later in the fall. 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. When in-person classes re-start, seating will be on chairs arranged in a classroom or lecture hall.
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.