Summer 2018 | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM

June 25 – August 31

MONDAY MEDITATION CLASS

DAY:  Monday Evening

TIME:  7.00-8.15pm

TEACHER:  Various Teachers

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre, 970 Blanshard St.

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

TRAINING IN THE SIX PERFECTIONS

These six perfections are the actual path to enlightenment.  No one wants to remain an ordinary being forever; indeed, most of us have the wish to improve ourselves and to progress to higher states of happiness.  The highest state of all is full enlightenment, and the main path leading to enlightenment is the realizations of love, compassion and bodhichitta and the practice of the six perfections. 
Suitable for everyone!  These classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings.

TOPICS

June 25 (No class July 2)
The Perfection of Giving

Giving is a mental training and involves developing the thought of giving without desiring anything in return.  This perfection creates the conditions for both internal and external wealth.

July 9
The Perfection of Moral Discipline

The perfection of moral discipline refers to a mind that abandons all non-virtuous actions.  It is the maintenance and guarding of this mind that constitutes the true practice of moral discipline.

July 16 and 23
The Perfection of Patience

Perfecting patience does not merely entail refraining from retaliating when we are harmed.  It depends on familiarizing our mind with the willingness to see the discomforts and suffering of life as objects to be transformed into the path.

July 30 (No Class Aug 6)
The Perfection of Effort

There are many spiritual practices that can lead us into states of happiness and good fortune.  It is by training the mind that such results can be experienced.  With effort, we need to train our mind with great perseverance and diligence.

August 13
The Perfection of Concentration

The perfection of concentration concerns training the mind so that it remains focused upon an object of our choice.  When this concentration becomes effortless, tranquil abiding can be attained.

August 20 and 27
The Perfection of Wisdom

If we want to be free from suffering and attain happiness, we need to develop the wisdom realizing emptiness.  Developing this level of understanding depends on mental effort and concentration.

LUNCHTIME MEDITATION - DOWNTOWN

DAY:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays

TIME:  12.15-12.45pm

TEACHER:  Various Teachers

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre, 980 Blanshard St.

COST:  By donation

What’s for lunch? Peace of mind.  Relax, recharge and refocus with stress reducing, heart-opening guided meditations.  Great for both beginners and more advanced students.  You can sit on chairs or cushions; there is no need for prior experience in meditation.

LUNCHTIME MEDITATION - ESQUIMALT

DAY:  Thursdays
EXCEPT July 26 and Aug 2

TIME:  1.00-1.30pm

TEACHER:  Sachi Tamura

WHERE:  Esquimalt United Church, 500 Admirals Rd.

COST:  By donation

Join us in this midday opportunity to take a break, relax, recharge and refocus with stress reducing, heart-opening guided meditations.  Great for both beginners and more advanced students.  You can sit on chairs or cushions; there is no need for prior experience in meditation to join in.

CHANTED PRAYERS

SOLITARY VAJRASATTVA

The practice of cleansing our mind of all delusions and negativity by relying upon Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purification.

DATES:  Sundays, July 1, 22, Aug 5, 26

TIME:  10.00-10.45am

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre

BODHISATTVA'S CONFESSION OF MORAL DOWNFALLS

A powerful practice that focuses on the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas to purify our mind of even the heaviest negativities.

DATES:  Sundays, July 15, 29, Aug 12

TIME:  10.00-10.45am

WHERE: Bodhichitta Centre

You may participate in prostrations (optional).

LIBERATION FROM SORROW

Prayers for developing a deep feeling of closeness with Buddha Tara, through which we can receive her blessings and protection.

DATE:  Sunday, July 8, 10.30-11.15am

DATE:  Wednesday, Aug 8, 7.00-7.45pm

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre

It is auspicious to bring a small green-coloured offering.

OFFERING TO THE SPIRITUAL GUIDE

The special Guru yoga practice of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra, which also includes all the essential practices of the stages of the path to enlightenment.

DATES:  July 10, 25, Aug 25

TIME:  9.30-11.00am

WHERE: Bodhichitta Centre

It is auspicious to bring a small vegetarian food offering.

POWA PRAYERS FOR THE RECENTLY DECEASED

A special method for leading countless deceased beings to the Pure Land of a Buddha.

DATE:  Sunday, July 22, 11.15am-12.00pm

DATE:  Sunday Aug 19, 10.00-10.45am

WHERE:  Bodhichitta Centre

It is auspicious to bring a small white-coloured offering.