Classes

What to expect at a class

These classes are ideal for everyone and there is no need for prior knowledge or experience in meditation to join in.

The meditation classes explain Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. They combine guided meditation with practical spiritual advice that you can apply immediately to relieve stress and solve problems in your life.

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About meditation

“Meditation is a mind that concentrates on a virtuous object, and which is the main cause of mental peace. The practice of meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue. The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness”.
The New Meditation Handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Class format

Each class begins with a short breathing meditation to release physical and mental stress and to create a peaceful mind. The teacher then gives a talk explaining a particular aspect of Buddhist practice for increasing your own and others’ happiness in daily life. A brief refreshment break is followed by a longer meditation focused on the topic of the particular class session. Chairs are provided, or if you prefer, you can bring a meditation cushion.

Most classes are drop-in

Simply find a meditation class location that suits you (see menu on the right-hand side). These weekly classes are part of our General Program, and are open to everyone. Some of the classes, such as those at recreation centres or at University of Victoria require pre-registration, but most are drop-in. You will find the details you need on the class page.

Advanced Study

We also offer a more advanced In-Depth Study Program – the Foundation Program – for people who would like more extensive study and practice. For more information or help, please contact us.