Monday Evening | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

MONDAY EVENING

Drop-in Class

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

DAY:  Monday Evenings (Except May 20)

TIME:  7.00-8.15pm

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

COST:  $10 per class or 5 classes for $40 / Free for Members

WHERE:  970 Blanshard Street, Victoria

Suitable for everyone!  These drop-in classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.
CLASS TOPICS

JAN 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4

HOW TO LIVE A MEANINGFUL LIFE

Each and every living being has the potential to become an enlightened being.  Through meditation and putting practical teachings into practice in our daily lives, we can transform our mind from that of an ordinary being to that of a fully enlightened being, a Buddha.  We can create deep inner peace and happiness from within our mind, and help others to do the same.   To find pure happiness and freedom from problems, and to help others achieve the same, what could be more meaningful in this life than this?

FEB 11, 18, 25, MAR 4, 11

HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT ANGER

Anger is a response to feelings of unhappiness, which in turn arise whenever we meet with unpleasant circumstances.  Whenever we are prevented from fulfilling our wishes, or forced into a situation we dislike – in short, whenever we have to put up with something we would rather avoid – our uncontrolled mind reacts by immediately feeling unhappy.  This uncomfortable feeling can easily turn into anger, and we become even more disturbed than before.

MAR 18, 25, APR 1, 8

HOW TO BE CONTENT

Desirous attachment is a deluded mental factor that observes its object, feels it to be attractive, exaggerates its attractiveness, regards it as a cause of happiness, and desires to possess it.  It is one of the principal or root delusions giving rise to suffering and pain.  It is the mind of attachment that projects onto an object all kinds of desirable qualities and then relates to it as if it really did possess those qualities.  Therefore, it is important to contemplate repeatedly the faults of attachment and to recognize it as a delusion whose only function is to cause harm.

APR 15, 22, 29, MAY 6, 13

HOW TO LOVE DEEPLY

There are two main reasons why we need to cherish all living beings.  The first is that they have shown us immeasurable kindness, and the second is that cherishing them has enormous benefits. Cherishing others is the best method to solve our own and others’ problems.  If we cherish everyone we meet or think about, there will be no basis for developing jealousy, anger, or harmful thoughts, and our mind will be at peace all the time.

MAY 27, JUN 3, 10 (no class MAY 20)

HOW TO LIVE WISELY

In these uncertain times, wisdom is increasingly important for our daily happiness.  As our wisdom grows, our problems diminish and will eventually disappear, enabling each one of us to experience the joy of freedom.  In the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, Buddha gave special wisdom instructions which, if put into practice, have the power to give us the permanent peace of liberation and the everlasting joy of enlightenment.

CLASS FORMAT

Guided Meditation

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind and let go of distractions. If we wish, we can join in and recite the Liberating Prayer, which is a chanted prayer where we connect with the inspiration of enlightened beings.

Teaching

The teacher will then give a practical teaching  based on the book, How To Transform Your Life, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

Concluding Meditation

The class will finish with a concluding meditation to help us take the teaching to heart and there is also the opportunity to ask questions.
TEACHER

 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.

FAQS
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?
For weekly classes it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can drop-in whenever you like.
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.
LOCATION

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre