University of Victoria | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

UNIVERSITY of VICTORIA

Meditation Class

SATURDAY MORNING

DAY:  Saturday Morning

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 26 – Feb 16, 4 sessions, $83+tax
Mar 23 – Apr 20, 4 sessions, $83+tax

COURSE TITLES

JAN 26, FEB 2, 9, 16

STOP BLAMING, START LOVING

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This world is full of difficult people and challenging situations. It is easy to blame and hard to love. When we blame others we create a world full of enemies. The poison of resentment, the fire of anger, and the quagmire of unhappiness all come from blaming others.

On the other hand, love is a beautiful state of mind. It fills our heart with happiness and brings joy to our family and friends. Buddha taught simple, practical, and effective ways to cultivate love in meditation and in daily life.

MAR 23, 30, APR 6, 13, 20

HOW TO BE CONFIDENT WITHOUT FEELING SELF-IMPORTANT

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To live a peaceful and meaningful life we need to develop our self-confidence. We can learn how to construct a positive self-view and break free from our limitations. We need practical understandings that give a grounded, genuine and stable self-confidence without feeling self- important. In this way, we can start to unlock our limitless potential for pure happiness.

In this course we will explore specific toxic minds called delusions and learn how to apply their virtuous mental opponents. We will discover why these negative states of mind arise and how we can begin to eliminate them.

 

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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