Weekly Drop-in Class
Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
January 10 to June 6, 2018
970 Blanshard 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.
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.
January 10,17,24 – Choose Happiness
Everyone has the capacity to tap into an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Modern Buddhism presents the meditations and the techniques that we need in order to achieve. We can learn to choose happiness throughout our life by applying methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy, happiness and meaning our everyday reality.
January 31, February 7, 14
Understanding Death and Rebirth
Many people believe that when the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind ceases and the mind becomes non-existent, like a flame going out when all the wax has been burned. Buddha taught that our mind and body are separate entities, and so even though the body disintegrates at death, the continuum of the mind remains unbroken. By reflecting on the nature of the mind we can gain a deep understanding of the existence of our future lives. This will motivate us to prepare for the happiness of our future lives, or try to attain permanent liberation from suffering by abandoning our delusions.
February 21, 28, March 7
Purifying our Negative Karma
Life leaves its wounds. Perhaps you’ve tried to forget the loss, grief or harm of the past, but find your self re-living it again and again. During these classes you will learn how those unhappy situations arose, the true cause of suffering and how to heal yourself of the negativity that still plagues you. Experience the power of guided meditations that truly heal and protect you from pain.
March 14, 21, 28, April 4
Letting Go of Anxiety
How does one cope with the uncertainty and instability of our chaotic modern world without getting jaded or living in a constant state of anxiety? In this series of classes we will explore practical methods for transforming adversity from the point of view of Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditative practice.
April 11, 18, 25
The Four Noble Truths: Buddhist Solutions for our Human Problems
The first teaching Buddha gave was the Sutra of the Four Noble Truths in which he explained the actual path to liberation from suffering. We need this wisdom to solve our human problems. At present we do not clearly distinguish between objects to be abandoned and objects to be attained. As a result we remain under the control of our delusions and continue to create causes for our suffering. Liberation is a permanent inner peace attained through the complete abandonment of delusions. When through training in the paths to liberation our mind is completely released from delusions, we attain true freedom or nirvana.
May 2, 9, 16
Love without Pain
Why is it that so often our relationships and interactions with others result in a storm of painful emotions? Why do we feel so much grief when we are separated from those we care for? And why does what appeared to be a “perfect match” so often end in conflict? The answer to all these questions can be found within Buddha’s teachings on love and attachment. By learning to distinguish between these two very different, but often mixed states of mind, we can establish the foundation for lasting harmonious relationships, improve our experience of pure love and solve many of our daily problems.
May 23, 30, June 6
Following our Buddha Nature
Each and every living being has within them the seed or potential to become a Buddha – this is our Buddha nature. To follow the Buddhist path to enlightenment there is no need to change our external lifestyle, but we do need to change our ordinary view that we are the centre of the universe and that other people and things derive their significance principally from the way in which they affect us. By developing a more realistic view of the world, based on the equality and interdependence of all living beings, we shall naturally develop good intentions towards them.
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.
Parking Information for Our New Location
$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 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.