Saturday Series “Training in Happiness”

Pre-Registration or Drop-In

Training in Happiness:
7 Week Introduction to Buddha’s Wisdom

A series of classes, held on 7 consecutive Saturdays at 10 am, specifically for beginners

Saturday, October 7, 10am-12pm
Saturdays, October 14 – November 18, 10am-11am
Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC

Perhaps we wish to learn how to meditate or to strengthen our meditation practice; perhaps we wish to find out more about Buddhism. But, where do we start?   There are many good books about meditation and Buddhism, but training our mind through meditation requires guidance from qualified instructors and the support of fellow practitioners.

This 7-week series is specifically targeted for beginners, but would also benefit those wishing to rejuvenate their practice by receiving guidance and support from a teacher.

The series will begin with a special 2-hour introductory class covering the basics of meditation. Meditation is a powerful and creative tool for changing our experience of our self, others and our world.  A regular meditation practice has many benefits:

  • Helps reduce stress
  • Overcomes anxiety and worry
  • Brings inner calm and a feeling of well-being
  • Gives clarity to solve our problems
  • Helps us deal with challenging people and situations

After the two-hour introductory class, the series will continue with 6 one-hour classes covering the basic teachings from Buddha’s wisdom. These classes will offer new tools for understanding your own mind and dealing with stress, anxiety, and other problems.  Each class will include a guided meditation related to the teachings. The class experience is designed to allow you to unwind and return home relaxed and refreshed.

You may enjoy these classes as a series or as stand-alone classes. You are welcome to attend all seven, just one class or even to start part way through. 

Everyone Welcome !!

$50 in advance for all 7 Saturdays (Either preregister online or enroll at the first, introductory, class)
Or drop in for $10 per session, cash or credit card at the door.
Free for Centre Supporters

TOPICS by Date:
October 7      Meditation Basics (special 2 hour introduction class)
October 14     Happiness is Inner Peace
October 21     Delusions Disturb our Mental Peace
October 28     What is our Mind?
November 5     The Faults of Anger
November 12   Why do we get Angry?
November 18   Learning to Accept Suffering

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BC

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.

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Preregister here in advance for $50 for the whole series of 7 or Drop in for $10 per class

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We are a registered, non-profit, charitable organization.
All class fees and donations are used to support 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.

Do I have to sit on the floor?
No, we meditate sitting on chairs, but you are welcome to bring your own mat and/or cushion if you prefer.