Weekly Drop-in Classes
Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre
Mondays 7-8:15 pm
June 18 – Aug 27, 2018
No class on July 2 or August 6
970 Blanshard St, Victoria, BC
Training in the Six Perfections
The six perfections are the practices of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom, all motivated by bodhichitta – the spontaneous wish to develop our mind to its highest potential in order to benefit all living beings.
These six perfections are the actual path to enlightenment. No one wants to remain an ordinary being forever; indeed, most of us have the wish to improve ourselves and to progress to higher states of happiness. The highest state of all is full enlightenment, and the main path leading to enlightenment is the realizations of love, compassion and bodhichitta and the practice of the six perfections. Through following this path we will enrich our lives with positive energy and eventually overcome all our problems and suffering.
Suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.
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.
Bodhichitta is the Sanskrit term for `mind of enlightenment’. `Bodhi’ means `enlightenment’, and `chitta’ means `mind’. Bodhichitta is a mind motivated by great compassion that spontaneously seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings. This class will explain how we can start to develop bodhichitta and use this mind to create a more peaceful life today, as well as use it for the basis of the road to enlightenment.
June 25 (No class July 2)
The Perfection of Giving
The perfection of giving does not merely entail bestowing gifts upon others, although this is definitely part of it. Rather, giving is a mental training and involves developing the thought of giving without desiring anything in return. This perfection creates the conditions for both internal and external wealth.
The Perfection of Moral Discipline
The perfection of moral discipline refers to a mind that abandons all non-virtuous actions. It is the maintenance and guarding of this mind that constitutes the true practice of moral discipline. Once the mind has become completely accustomed to abandoning every trace of non-virtue, it has achieved the perfection of moral discipline.
July 16 and 23
The Perfection of Patience
The perfection of patience concerns the way we react to the beings and objects that harm us. We must realize that there is no way for us to overcome all our external foes. If we defeat one enemy, another always arises to take his or her place. Only by defeating our own anger can we overcome those who would harm us. Perfecting patience does not merely entail refraining from retaliating when we are harmed. It depends on familiarizing our mind with the willingness to see the discomforts and suffering of life as objects to be transformed into the path.
July 30 (No Class Aug 6)
The Perfection of Effort
The perfection of effort depends on how well we train our mind. There are many spiritual practices that can lead us into states of happiness and good fortune. For example, by developing a concentrated mind of equipoise, we can take rebirth into one of the god realms. It is by training the mind that such results can be experienced. With effort, we need to train our mind with great perseverance and diligence.
The Perfection of Concentration
The perfection of concentration concerns training the mind so that it remains focused upon an object of our choice. When this concentration becomes effortless, tranquil abiding can be attained. This is a very significant achievement and depends upon the state of our mind.
August 20 and 27
The Perfection of Wisdom
If we want to be free from suffering and attain happiness, we need to uncover the sublime secret of the mind: the realization of emptiness of true existence. To gain this subtle understanding and develop the wisdom realizing emptiness, we need to develop a level of understanding and then depend on mental effort and concentration.
No Class Sept 3. Fall Schedule begins Sept 4th. Monday classes will continue starting Sept 10.
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.