Joyful Path Retreat


Joyful Path Retreat
A New Year ~ A New Start

Monday-Saturday, January 2-7, 2017
in Four 1 Hour Sessions/Day: 9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 6pm

Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre
No Charge ~ Everyone Welcome

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso describes Lamrim as the ‘joyful path’. During this Lamrim retreat we will explore how a deeper experience of meditation can create inner peace and solve our daily problems.

Ideal for newcomers, for those wishing to rediscover the joy of meditation and for those who wish to start the New Year recommitting to their spiritual path. This retreat includes instruction, guided meditations, and chanted prayers.

You are welcome to drop in to any retreat session. All sessions are 1 hour in duration. See the Schedule Tab for more details.

Retreat Schedule

As a courtesy to all meditators, please arrive and be seated in silence a few minutes before each session begins. Thank you!

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No registration required. All sessions are free. Donations gratefully accepted.Drop in to any session.Please arrive a few minutes early before each session begins.

Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BCLocated 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.Click or Tap Here for a Google Map Showing the Location of Our CentreParking Information for Our New LocationParking annotated draft 2

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 this retreat?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.What do I need to bring?
Nothing is required.How should I dress for class?
No special clothing is required. We recommend wearing something comfortable.Do I need to sit on a cushion?
No, most people sit on chairs. We do have some cushions available if you prefer them and you are welcome to bring your own mat and cushion if you desire.Who will lead the sessions?
Each meditation session will be led by a qualified and experienced teacher of Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre.

Retreat Schedule

Date Time Meditation
Mon, Jan 2 9:30am Our Precious Human Life
11am Death and Impermanence
1pm The Danger of Lower Rebirth
6pm Refuge Practice
Tues, Jan 3 9:30am Actions and their Effects
11am Developing Renunciation for Samsara – Part 1
1pm Developing Renunciation for Samsara – Part 2
6pm Developing Equanimity
Wed, Jan 4 9:30am Living Beings are Our Mothers
11am Kindness of Living Beings
1pm Equalizing Self and Others
6pm The Disadvantages of Self-cherishing
Thur, Jan 5 9:30am The Advantages of Cherishing Others
11am Exchanging Self with Others
1pm Great Compassion
6pm Taking
Fri, Jan 6 9:30am Wishing Love
11am Giving
1pm Bodhichitta
6pm Tranquil Abiding – Great Compassion
Sat, Jan 7 9:30am Tranquil Abiding – Great Compassion
11am Superior Seeing – Emptiness
1pm Superior Seeing – Emptiness
6pm Relying on Our Spiritual Guide