LIVING with JOY AND PURPOSE
DATES: Sunday, Nov 10, 17, 24
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 Nov 9 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached.
Buddha presents us with an extraordinary vision of our human potential: becoming an enlightened being whose very existence benefits everyone. Is that possible? Yes, through the practices that emphasize emptiness on the one hand and love and compassion on the other. The union of wisdom and method.
In this 3-part course, Gen Kelsang Zopa will explore the practical steps we need to take in this very moment to become an aspiring bodhisattva and travel the path to enlightenment for the sake of others.
On Nov. 24 following the teaching there will be an optional Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony whereby those who wish to do so can take the Bodhisattva Vow, and receive the special blessings to enter the Mahayana Buddhist path. You are welcome to bring an offering of flowers, fruits or sweets if you wish.
SUNDAY NOV 10 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Exchanging Self with Others. Exchanging self with others does not mean that we become the other person, it means that we exchange the object of our cherishing from self to others. “Self” and “other” are relative terms like this mountain and that mountain. By climbing down the mountain of self it is possible to ascend the mountain of other. Then we can cherish others as much as we now cherish ourselves.
SUNDAY NOV 17 / 10.00am-12.00pm
Cultivating Universal Compassion. Compassion is a mind that is motivated by cherishing other living beings and wishes to release them from their suffering. Although we already have some degree of compassion, at present it is very biased and limited. If we genuinely want to realize our potential by attaining full enlightenment we need to increase the scope of our compassion until it embraces all living beings without exception.
SUNDAY NOV 24 / 10.00am-12.00pm.
Developing Bodhichitta: The mind of enlightenment. ‘Bodhi’ is the Sanskrit word for ‘enlightenment’, and ‘chitta’ the word for ‘mind’; therefore ‘bodhichitta’ literally means ‘mind of enlightenment’. This profoundly compassionate mind is the very essence of Buddhadharma. Developing the good heart of bodhichitta enables us to perfect all our virtues, solve all our problems, fulfil all our wishes, and develop the power to help others in the most appropriate and beneficial ways.
Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony: 1.00-2.00pm. A special Bodhisattva Vow ceremony will be offered in which people will have the opportunity to become a member of the Mahayana Buddhist family. This vow will ensure the swift attainment of enlightenment for whoever takes it. It is said whoever takes the Bodhisattva Vow and keeps it purely will constantly be creating positive energy day and night, even while asleep.
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.