University of Victoria | Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre

UNIVERSITY of VICTORIA

Meditation Class

SATURDAY MORNING

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:
Sep 14, 21, Oct 5, 12,  4 sessions, $85+tax
Oct 26 – Nov 16,  4 sessions, $85+tax

COURSE TITLES

SEP 14, 21, OCT 5, 12 (no class Sep 28)

FREEDOM FROM PAINFUL EMOTIONS

ASHI740 2019F C01

We can often feel trapped by our unhappy feelings and emotions, struggling to see a way out.  As long as uncontrolled desire dominates our mind we remain vulnerable to intense suffering when our wishes are not fulfilled, especially in relationships.

In this course, we will explore Buddhist methods for identifying within our mind the causes of our grief, anxiety, stress and worry. We will discover our unique ability to choose which thoughts to follow, so that we can change our feelings and actions.  In this way we will come to experience a deep, satisfying emotional freedom, becoming the person we wish to be – joyful, confident and loving.

OCT 26, NOV 2, 9, 16

THE LIBERATING POWER OF IMAGINATION

ASHI741 2019F C01

Central to the practice of Buddhism is the mind’s limitless capacity for change and transformation.  Transformation begins by uncovering and liberating ourselves from habitual ways of thinking that limit our ability to change.  We replace theses negative thoughts with positive ways of thinking using meditation and imagination. 

In this course we will explore Buddha’s Tantric teachings, in particular, how to use correct imagination to access a powerful and joyful technology of the mind.   Anyone can learn about these ancient but relevant practices that liberate the mind using meditation and the power of visualization.

 

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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