University of Victoria | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

UNIVERSITY of VICTORIA

Meditation Class

SATURDAY MORNING

Effective Monday, March 16, University of Victoria is transitioning from face-to-face instruction.  The “Cutting Edge Wisdom” course that was to have started on March 14 has been cancelled by the University. 

DAY:  Saturday Morning  (see dates below)

TIME:  10.00am-12.00pm

TEACHER:  Gen Kelsang Zopa

WHERE:  UVic Campus, Victoria BC

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

REGISTRATION

Call:  University of Victoria, Continuing Studies
250-472-4747

Online:  Click the links for each course below

Dates & Cost:
Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15,  4 sessions, $85+tax
Mar 14, 21, 28, Apr 4,  4 sessions, $85+tax

COURSE TITLES

JAN 25, FEB 1, 8, 15

IS IT LOVE OR ATTACHMENT? A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE ON RELATIONSHIPS

ASHI751 2020S C01

If we wish to enjoy good relationships, it is essential that we learn to distinguish between love and attachment.  Pure love is a beautiful state of mind and never causes any pain.  It fills our heart with happiness and brings joy to our family and friends.  It costs nothing yet is the most powerful method to improve the world we live in.  However, our love is often mixed with attachment, which makes us possessive, anxious and easily hurt.  While love brings only good results and happiness, attachment brings only problems and suffering such as craving, jealousy, dependence, and conflict.

During this course we will learn how to distinguish between the minds of attachment and love.  We will understand how to practically free ourselves from attachment while cultivating pure love for others.  If we practice in this way our mind will remain peaceful, and our relationships will be enjoyable, stable and fulfilling.

MAR 14, 21, 28, APR 4

CUTTING EDGE WISDOM  CANCELLED

ASHI755 2020S C01

Living in our rapidly changing world has become, for many people, a bewildering experience of uncertainty and anxiety about our individual wellbeing and collective survival.  Where can we find a reliable source of wisdom and practical advice on how to solve our human problems and be happy all the time?  Buddha’s teachings, the Dharma, give unmistaken and practical advice on how we can solve our daily problems of uncontrolled desire, anger, and ignorance, and how we can make our human life meaningful.  

In this course we will explore three fundamental questions that, from a Buddhist point of view, cut to the very core of our human experience: How will practicing Buddha’s teachings benefit me?  Why do I need to be concerned for my future lives?  Why do I need permanent liberation from suffering?  The purpose of contemplating these instructions is so that their meaning will touch our heart and begin to transform our life for the better.  

 

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?

Yes, please contact the University of Victoria, Continuing Studies, using the Registration information on this page. 

Q. Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

Yes, each course requires advance booking through the University of Victoria, Continuing Studies.  

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