UNIVERSITY of VICTORIA
DAY: Saturday Morning (see dates below)
TEACHER: Gen Kelsang Zopa
WHERE: UVic Campus, Victoria BC
JAN 25, FEB 1, 8, 15
IS IT LOVE OR ATTACHMENT? A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE ON RELATIONSHIPS
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
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.
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?
Q. Do I need to have any experience?
Q. How should I dress?
Q. Is there any physical exercise involved?
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.