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:
Sep 22 – Oct 13, 4 sessions, $83+tax
Nov 17 – Dec 8, 4 sessions, $83+tax

COURSE TITLES

SEPT 22, 29, OCT 6, 13

KARMA: HOW OUR ACTIONS CREATE OUR WORLD

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Although Karma is often spoken about, most people lack a clear understanding of what it really means. Understanding karma gives you the power to move away from negative patterns of behaviour without any guilt or blame, you can take responsibility and control your life. By gaining understanding and conviction in the law of karma we can radically change our life for the better, learn to accept difficult situations and create the causes for our future success and peace of mind.

In this course, you will learn about the law of karma through lecture and meditative practice. 

NOV 17, 24, DEC 1, 8

BEYOND BELIEF: FAITH AND REASON WITHIN BUDDHISM

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Who or what is trustworthy in our modern world? Buddhism teaches that faith rooted in wisdom is the way out of our troubled times and that anyone can develop faith simply by improving their wisdom. Faith is a naturally virtuous mind that functions mainly to oppose the perception of faults in its observed object. Extraordinary results arise from this pure mind of faith, providing authentic inner refuge.

In this course, through lecture and meditative practice, you will learn how the minds of wisdom and faith can help us develop great inner strength, bringing benefit to ourselves and others.

 

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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