How to Rely on a Spiritual Guide | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre


3-Part Course


DATES:  Sunday, Mar 1, 8, 15

TIME:  10.00am-12.00pm

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

COST:  $15 per class drop-in
In Advance: $40 for all 3  ($20 for members)

LOCATION:  For Sun, Mar 15, WE WILL BE BACK AT 970 Blanshard Street.  

REGISTRATION:  This course will not take place in-person.  We are considering a livestreaming option.  If that is possible we will announce it and re-open registration.  

Thanks for your interest.


All schools of Buddhism agree that the practice of Guru yoga, or relying upon a Spiritual Guide, is the root of the spiritual path and the foundation of all spiritual attainments. We can understand this from our ordinary experiences. For example, if we want to acquire special skills, become proficient at a particular sport, or learn to play a musical instrument well, we naturally seek a qualified teacher to instruct us.

If reliance upon a qualified teacher is necessary for mundane achievements such as these, how much more necessary is it for spiritual attainments such as liberation or enlightenment?

On this course, we look at how to have confidence in a Spiritual Guide and why having a Teacher or Spiritual Guide is central to our spiritual progress.  The Guru Yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa will be introduced. Everyone is welcome. 

SUNDAY MAR 1 / 10.00am-12.00pm

Why do we need to rely on a Spiritual Guide?  Our mind is like a field, our Spiritual Guide’s instructions are like seeds sown in that field, and our faith in our Spiritual Guide is like water that germinates these seeds. If these three come together we will quickly and easily harvest a rich crop of Dharma realizations

SUNDAY MAR 8 / 10.00am-12.00pm

How to rely on our Spiritual Guide.  If we want to experience happiness, we need to cultivate a peaceful calm mind.  To develop a peaceful calm mind we must receive blessings from our Spiritual Guide. We do this through developing faith and requesting our Spiritual Guide’s loving care.

SUNDAY MAR 15 / 10.00am-12.00pm

Who is Je Tsongkhapa?  In Mirror of Dharma, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Rinpoche says: “If we sincerely rely on Je Tsongkhapa and put his oral instructions into practice with strong faith, we will attain enlightenment very quickly.”  Many scholars have said that the power of Je Tsongkhapa’s blessings and his skilful methods to lead practitioners to the state of enlightenment is unequalled among those of all other Buddhas.


 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 25 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?

No, it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like.  We always save room for drop-ins.
Booking in advance saves you money and speeds the process at the door.


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 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.  If it is a multi-session class, you may return at for the next session.  Thank you for your understanding.

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.