INTRODUCTION TO TANTRA
DATES: Sunday, May 12, 19, 26
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
COST: $15 per class drop-in
In Advance: $40 for all 3 ($20 for members)
WHERE: 970 Blanshard Street, Victoria
REGISTRATION: You may pay at the door for individual classes ($15 each) or save money by registering for the full 3-part course. Payment in advance guarantees you a place and speeds up the process at the door. Payment in advance will be available until May 11 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached.
Do you feel you have you been the exact same person your entire life? Normally we think of ourselves as being stuck with a fixed identity. However, Buddha’s startlingly profound and imaginative Tantric, teachings give us a new vision of what’s possible.
We have unlimited potential to re-imagine ourself as more loving, more compassionate, more wise. Buddha’s tantric teachings and meditations are all about taking charge of your own “identity” and steering it in powerful and meaningful directions.
These teachings present highly effective methods for getting in touch with the deeper nature of our mind, where it is easy to let go of our self-limiting conceptions and to learn to identify with our potential for enlightenment. Often misunderstood, these methods will be introduced in a way that everyone can appreciate and make use of in their daily life.
SUNDAY MAY 12 / 10.00am-12.00pm
What is Tantra? Tantra is defined as an inner realization that functions to prevent ordinary appearances and conceptions and to accomplish the four complete purities. Ordinary appearances and ordinary conceptions are the root of samsara’s suffering. The four complete purities are the pure environment, body, enjoyments and activities of a Buddha.
SUNDAY MAY 19 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Changing the Basis of Imputation for our I. Through the power of correct imagination arising from wisdom, Tantric practitioners generate themselves as Tantric enlightened Deities such as Heruka, and their environment, body and enjoyments and activities as those of Heruka. Through gradually training in this meditation Tantric practitioners will gain deep realizations of themselves as an enlightened being their world as that of Buddha.
SUNDAY MAY 26 / 10.00am-12.00pm
The Two Stages of Tantra. Generation stage is like drawing the basic outline of a picture and completion stage is like completing the picture. Whereas the principal objects of generation stage meditation – our self and our world as those of a Deity – are generated by correct imagination, the principal objects of completion stage meditation – the channels, drops and winds – already exist within our body.
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?
No, it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like.
Booking in advance has the advantages of a slight discount for the 3 sessions, guaranteeing you a seat and ease of entry ( just checking off your name).
NOTE: Advance booking will end at noon on May 11th or when 30 people are registered, whichever comes first. This is to ensure there is sufficient room for walk-ups.
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.