Weekend Retreat at the Centre
Purify Your Negative Karma
A Weekend Retreat in the City
with Gen Kelsang Zopa
Friday – Sunday, January 13-15, 2017
7pm Friday – 12:30pm Sunday
Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre
970 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC
To understand how our own negative actions have caused our present difficulties and unhappiness, we need to understand actions and their effects, the law of karma. Buddha taught that our thoughts and actions leave imprints that remain on our mind and that these imprints are the principal causes for our experiences. Through purifying our negativity, our mind will gradually become happier, our good qualities will increase, and all our mental and physical problems will gradually disappear.
The benefits of a retreat from our daily activities are well known, but perhaps you don’t have the time or budget for a week long retreat or a weekend away. Perhaps you are simply ready for a brief respite from your daily life. This weekend retreat in the city is designed to allow you to easily and economically access the benefits of retreat.
Join us and learn how to engage in simple purification using the four opponent powers. Through this practice we can remove the inner basis for problems and obstacles and experience a profound inner peace and happiness.
This retreat will include instruction (teachings), guided meditations, and chanted prayers.
6:30-7pm Open for Registration
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
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:$60 whole retreat; $55 Sat & Sun; $35 Sat only; $25 Sunday Only, $10 Friday Only
Cash or Cheque at the door please
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.
Opportunity to Continue the Retreat through the Week: On the Monday to Friday following this retreat there will be two Retreat Sessions per day with chanted prayers and meditation following the instructions and guidance from the weekend. All will be welcome. No charge. See the Post Retreat Tab for more specifics on timing.
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
Cash or Cheque please
Sorry, Advance Registration is now over. Please just come to the event and pay at the door.
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
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.
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.
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. Please bring cash or a cheque made out to Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre.
Two Sessions Each Day: 9-10am and 10:30-11:30am
All Welcome! No Charge.
Each session will include a short reading related to the meditation, Solitary Vajrasattva chanted prayers and a meditation.
This is a perfect opportunity to deepen your understanding related to the teachings over the weekend and to deepen your experience of purification.
Feel free to attend these sessions even if you were unable to attend over the weekend.
All sessions will be led by Mariem Martinson.