Monday Evening | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

MONDAY EVENING

Drop-in Class

BODHICHITTA CENTRE

DAY:  Monday Evening

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 6, 13, 20, 27

FREEING OUR MIND

Are you feeling overwhelmed by difficulties and obstacles in life? Learn how to bring the inner peace of meditation into your daily experience. By letting go of the inner causes of our pain and dissatisfaction we can gain the peace and clarity we need to meet life’s challenges.

FEB 3, 10, 24 (no class FEB 17)

LETTING GO OF ANGER AND CONFLICT

Imagine being able to respond skillfully to problems and conflicts with a peaceful, flexible mind free from anger or fear. By understanding the nature and causes of anger, we can begin to transform problems and conflicts into opportunities for personal growth.

MAR 2, 9,16, 23

HEALING OUR PAST

Often we feel trapped by past experiences and feel stuck in unhelpful, even hurtful, patterns of behaviour. Using Buddha’s teachings on karma and purification, we can heal the wounds of the past, enabling us to live joyfully and creatively in the present.

MAR 30, APR 6, 20, 27 (no class APR 13)

IMPROVING OUR RELATIONSHIPS

Many of the difficulties we experience in our relationships arise due to not accepting others for who they are. In these classes we will learn profound meditations on love that help us to happily accept the faults we see in others and to love them unconditionally.

MAY 4, 11, 25 (no class MAY 18)

TRANSFORMING OUR OBSTACLES

Buddha gave special teachings for transforming the suffering and difficulties we encounter into the very means for improving ourselves emotionally and spiritually. We can also learn to overcome our sense of isolation and make a heartfelt connection with others.

JUN 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

BECOMING YOUR OWN PROTECTOR

We have so many fears: loneliness, poverty, sickness, death, the future of this world and our children… What do we turn to protect us from fear and anxiety?  Through understanding how to rely on the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, we can develop an inner trust and confidence in our own ability to transform our difficulties and fears.

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