A New Home for Our Centre
A wonderful development: Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre has found a new home!
(Scroll down for maps and parking information.)
For some time now, we have wanted to find a better location for Bodhichitta Centre that would make our meditation classes accessible to more people and provide a more comfortable space for our community. We have found a most wonderful space at 970 Blanchard Street in the heart of downtown Victoria.
The new location is ideal… just steps from Fort Street with its huge selection of cafes, trendy restaurants, shops and major bus routes. Driving couldn’t be more direct… straight down Blanshard Street to just past Broughton. You can drive direct from the Ferry Terminal and Sidney without having to make any turns or lane changes! Parking is abundant and cheap in the adjacent city parkade, free for the first hour during the day, after 6pm, and on Sundays. Best of all, the Centre’s location in the downtown business core will give thousands of people easy access to classes during their lunch break or right after work.
Our new meditation room will be brighter, quieter, more spacious, and air conditioned. There will be separate areas for the bookshop, a meeting room, an office, and access to both men’s and women’s washroom. The building itself is modern and well maintained, just across from the Royal Theatre and next door to the public library. The entrance to the Centre is at street level with high visibility and illuminated signage.
The move to our new location will happen smoothly with almost no interruption to classes. Thursday, October 29th is the last day of classes at our present location on Douglas Street and November 2nd we start up at the new location on Blanshard Street. (Note: Also, there will not be Noon Mediation on Friday October 23rd to allow moving of some preliminary items.)
I encourage you to rejoice in this wonderful new opportunity and to make this change with us. Please continue to attend your regularly scheduled classes… every class will continue as before plus there will be at least one new class.! Mark your calendar for our very first special event at the new Centre: Wisdom Buddha Prajnaparamita Blessing Empowerment on Sunday November 8. Learn about our new daytime classes and upcoming day courses with our e-newsletter, check out our comprehensive website, or contact our Education Program Coordinator with any questions.
I look forward to seeing you all at our beautiful new meditation centre.
Love and prayers,
Gen Kelsang Zopa
Information on the New Location:
Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard Street
Located on Blanshard between Broughton and Courtney, just next to the Central Library with the parking garage underneath. Close to bus lines on Fort and Douglas.
Bike Parking Information: There are 4 bike racks in the adjoining plaza area (near the library entrance) and 2 bike racks on the first garage level near the ticket booths (walk your bike down the garage ramp.)
Car Parking Information Map
We are near 2 City Parking Garages and the City On Street Parking rates are shown on the map below. Both are free after 6 pm and on Sundays. The first hour in either Parking Garage is free. Free on street parking is available for 1-2 hours on most of the unmarked streets (You only have to walk a couple of blocks). There are also Robbins and City run surface lots nearby with posted costs.
This post was written by Julia