Transform Your Life – Weekend Meditation Retreat

Weekend Retreat at the Centre

Transform Your Life
A Weekend Meditation Retreat in the City
with Gen Kelsang Zopa

Friday – Sunday, August 18 – 20. 2017
Friday Evening (7 pm) – Sunday Lunch (12:30pm)
Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC

We all long for a happier life.  If we wish to achieve this, we must first learn how to transform our mind; then we will find we can transform our life.  Based on the teachings from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s newest book “How to Transform Your Life”, this retreat is a special opportunity to receive practical teachings and experience meditations that show us how we can develop and maintain the inner peace and true happiness.

Durning this retreat, we have a wonderful opportunity to discover and deepen our understanding and experience of the profound teachings of Buddha as we are guided through the meditations in this wonderful new book.  Please join us, as we take a temporary withdrawal from our usual routines and activities, and learn how to relax and develop peaceful, positive minds through meditation. This event will include instruction (teachings), guided meditations, and chanted prayers.


FRI Aug 18
6:30-7pm Open for Registration
7-8.30pm Introduction
SAT Aug 19
10-11am Session 1
11:30-12.30pm Session 2
12.30-2pm Lunch break
2 -3pm Session 3
3:30-4:30pm Session 4
SUN Aug 20
10-11am Session 1
11.30-12.30pm Session 2

Please arrive a few minutes early before each session begins.

Come join us !

Seating is on chairs or on cushions on the floor and no special clothing is required.

Cost: Full Retreat: $50 advance purchase / $60 at the door. Partial Retreat Rates and Discounts for Friends and Families and for Centre Supporters available. See the Cost & Registration Tab for more detail.

Tea and Snacks at breaks are included. Lunch is not included. There is a wide variety of restaurants in the neighborhood for you to choose from.

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Gen Kelsang Zopa is a modern Buddhist monk and Resident Teacher at Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment throughout Canada for over 20 years. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.

AT THE DOOR: $60 whole retreat; $55 Sat & Sun; $35 Sat only; $25 Sunday Only, $10 Friday Only
Centre Supporter at the Door: $30 whole retreat; $25 Sat&Sun only; $15 Sat only; $12 Sunday Only ; $5 Friday Only
Cash, Cheque or Credit Card (No Debit Card)

We have room for up to 40 people.  Advance Registration will be available until 11 am on Thursday, Aug 17th (the day before the event starts) OR when 30 people have registered.. whichever comes first.  We want to make sure there is room for walk-ups.  If you register in advance, refunds, less a $5 processing fee per person, will be available until 3 pm on Thursday, Aug 17th.

FIRST PERSON: $50 whole retreat; $45 Sat&Sun only; $25 Sat only
2nd OR 3rd PERSON on SAME REGISTRATION: $40 whole retreat; $35 Sat&Sun only; $20 Sat only
Retreat Registration

FIRST PERSON: $25 whole retreat; $20 Sat&Sun only; $12 Sat only
2nd Centre Supporter on SAME REGISTRATION $20 whole retreat; $15 Sat&Sun only; $10 Sat only
3rd Person (not a Centre Supporter) on SAME REGISTRATION: $40 whole retreat; $35 Sat&Sun only; $20 Sat only
Centre Supporter Registration
Centre Supporter at the Door: $30 whole retreat; $25 Sat&Sun only; $15 Sat only; $12 Sunday Only ; $5 Friday Only

Lunch is not included. There is a wide variety of restaurants in the neighborhood for you to choose from.

We are a registered, non-profit, charitable organization.
All class fees and donations are used to support the spiritual activities of Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.

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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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 the Parking Garages are 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.
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Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?
No. All are welcome. 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 day course?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life. The practice you will be learning will allow you to use the power of your imagination to bring healing to yourself and the world.

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.

What is the seating?
Seating is available on cushions with backs on the floor or on chairs.

Is food included?
Lunch is not included. There are several restaurants in the neighbourhood, or you can bring your own lunch.

I don’t have a credit card or I am not ready to commit, can I pay at the door?
Yes. The cost will be $60 whole retreat; $10 Fri only; $55 Sat&Sun only; $35 Sat only. We can accept cheques or cash or process credit cards at the door (no debit cards, sorry.)