THE MIRROR OF DHARMA
RETREAT DATE: Sunday, Oct 20
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
COST: $30 ($15 for members)
WHERE: 970 Blanshard Street, Victoria
REGISTRATION: Payment in advance guarantees you a place and speeds up the process at the door. Payment in advance will be available until Oct 19 at noon or until the pre-registration maximum is reached.
Gen Zopa will guide a 1-day retreat based on the commentary and teachings to the practices of ‘The Mirror of Dharma’ written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. ‘Dharma’ means the teachings of enlightened beings, and this book gives practical advice on how we can solve our daily problems of uncontrolled desire, anger and ignorance, and how to make our human life meaningful.
When we train in meditation our mind becomes peaceful and controlled, and when our mind is peaceful we are happy all the time even if our external conditions are poor. On this special 1-day retreat Gen Kelsang Zopa will guide us through a series of meditations that produce a profound inner peace. This retreat is a precious opportunity to improve our inner qualities and identify with the true meaning of our human life.
9:30 – 10:30am : Introduction
11:00am – 12:00pm: Session 2
1:30-2:30pm: Session 3
2:45-3:45pm: Session 4
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 have attended the Festival to come to the retreat??
No, these meditations are accessible are helpful for everyone. Gen Zopa will provide background to each meditation to make it meaningful for all attendees.