Cook Street Village

Weekly Drop-in Classes


Cook Street Village Activity Centre
Wednesdays 7-8:15pm

September 6 – December 13, 2017
380 Cook St., Victoria BC

Happiness comes from Mental Peace:
How to be happy all the time and live a meaningful life

From the depths of our heart, we want to be happy all the time and live a meaningful life. How can we do this? We can do this through training in meditation. Meditation makes our mind peaceful, and when our mind is peaceful we are happy, even if our external conditions are poor. The Kadam Lamrim teachings and meditations open our heart and deepen our understanding and experience of the spiritual path. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners.

Drop-in Classes. Join at any time.

Everyone is welcome to learn more about meditation and positive thinking.
Each class includes guided meditation, a teaching, and time for questions. Seating is on chairs and no special clothing or pre-registration is required.

TOPICS:

Sept 6 – 27 How to develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time
Through the practice of meditation we can develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time. If our mind is peaceful all the time, we will be happy all the time. So if we really wish for ourself and others to be happy all the time we must learn to practice meditation.

Oct 4 – 25 How to overcome our anger through practicing patience
Anger is one of the most common and destructive delusions, and it afflicts our mind almost every day. To solve the problem of anger, we first need to recognize the anger within our mind, knowledge how it harms both ourself and others, and appreciate the benefits of being patient in the face of difficulties.

Nov 1 – Nov 22 Past and Future Lives
If we understand the nature of mind, we can also understand the existence of past and future lives. Many people believe that when the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind ceases and the mind becomes non-existent, like a candle flame going out when all the wax has been burned. However this idea is completely wrong. Our body and mind are separate entities, and so even though the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind remains unbroken. Instead of ceasing, the mind simply leaves the present body and goes to the next life.

Nov 29- Dec 13 Samsara- The cycle of impure life
What does taking rebirth in samsara mean? It means that in each of our lives due to ignorance we grasp our body or mind as our self, thinking, ‘I’ ‘I’, where there is no I, or self. Through this we experience the sufferings of this life and countless future lives as hallucinations endlessly.

Cook Street Village Activity Centre
380 Cook St., Victoria BC
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Gen Kelsang Zopa is a modern Buddhist monk and Resdient Teacher at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment throughout Canada for the past 17 years. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.

$10 per class
Discount $40 for 5 classes
Free for Centre Card holders.

No need to pre-register.
Drop in at any time during the series.

We are a registered, non-profit, charitable organization.
All class fees and donations go toward supporting the spiritual activities of Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.

Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

What do I need to bring to class?
Nothing in particular, however if you wish to take notes bring a pen and notepad.

How should I dress for class?
No special clothing is required. We recommend wearing something comfortable.