Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Years Day Celebration

Blessings to everyone in our Mahasangha-BC Islands as together we work for peace and harmony in the wonderful place we live. Please accept this notice as an Invitation, EveryOne Welcome to our New Years Day, GanTan Mahayana Nichiren Celebration, Service and Social. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1st, 2008 3437 Drinkwater Road, Duncan for information on finding us visit and click on Buddha House. Wishing one and all health and continuing success in the coming year. Respectfully, Ajari Henry

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Two Buddhist Movies at Cinecenta in January


JAN 13 (2:30 matinee & 7:00 & 9:00)

JAN 14 & 15 (7:00 & 9:00)


Directed by Neten Chokling (India/Bhutan, 2006, 90 min; Tibetan with subtitles

“I cry, weep, and feel a strong sense of faith each time I hear the story of Milarepa , the great yogi of Tibet.” –the Dalai Lama

"Milarepa, a picturesque fable filmed in the mountains of northern India, shows us how most roads to spiritual enlightenment are paved with suffering. Set in the 11th century, this Tibetan film retells the story of Thopaga, an impoverished villager who would eventually became the enlightened Milarepa, one of Tibet's most revered saints. But his path to bliss followed a traumatic chapter marked with tragedy, injustice, vengeful sorcery and the destruction of his village. When his affluent father dies, young Thopaga (Jamyang Lodro, who played a soccer-crazy monk in Khyentse Norbu's The Cup), is forced to live with his scheming uncle and aunt. Instead of honoring the dying man's wishes to bequeath his money to Thopaga, the uncle refuses. Thopaga learns the ways of black magic from a mystic. But he learns that retribution compounds, rather than solves, injustice. First-time director Neten Chokling (who played the other soccer fan in The Cup) combines old-time lore with modest special effects to evoke this otherworldly story. But what really reaches us is the collective presence of the cast, most of them monks and other acting amateurs. They seem uniformly imbued with inherent grace and effortless spiritual bearing. And their smallest of gestures exude the kind of un-self-conscious gravitas that constitutes all fables.” –Washington Post

“It would have been impossible to shoot this film in Tibet. Chinese authorities still forbid the depiction of superstition in films. So the film was shot on the Indian side of the Himalayas, where Chokling -- who's a lama himself -- heads a monastery.”—Hollywood Reporter “THIS FILM IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD!”–Spirituality & Practice

JAN 20 (2:30 matinee & 7:00 & 9:00)

JAN 21 - 24 (7:00 & 9:00)

Find Nirvana in the kitchen.


Directed by Doris Dörrie (Germany, 2007, 93 minutes; rated PG)

“Tasteful in more ways than one, this mischievous and charming documentary serves up a heapin' helping of Zen priest, cook and bestselling food author Edward Espe Brown, steeped through the happy, healthy worldview of director Doris Dörrie.”Variety

“The Food Channel puts very little emphasis on this, but according to master chef Edward Espe Brown, the essential ingredient for good food is a touch of Zen. Of course, Brown also happens to be a Zen priest. Brown is the Bay Area author of The Tassajara Bread Book and The Tassajara Recipe Book, among other well-known titles, and a longtime teacher of meditation and Zen techniques. Now he is the subject of an amusing and insightful documentary by German filmmaker Doris Dörrie (Men, Nobody Loves Me, Enlightenment Guaranteed). How to Cook Your Life certainly will do much better than other documentries on religious or self-help topics because its focus is on a thing everyone can relate to -- food.
Food preparation and cooking are the lighthearted means by which Brown expresses his Zen philosophy, bringing every thing down to tasks we all perform almost every day. Dörrie and her crew sat in on cooking sessions with Brown and a class of enthusiastic students of all generations at several Buddhist centers in California and one in Austria. Brown makes a charismatic central figure as he is a modest yet self-assured man with an easy laugh and the instincts of a natural-born teacher.
The movie's title sums up the Brown approach best. The act of cooking serves as an apt metaphor for the Zen approach to life. We are not cooking the food, he insists, but rather the food is cooking us. In other words, treat each task with the utmost care and concentration, for these are, in fact, spiritual acts.” –Hollywood Reporter

“The art of Zen and vegetable preparation is at the heart of director Doris Dörrie's delightful documentary Brown became the head cook at the Tassajara Mountain Centre in California when he was in his early 20s, and has been practicing the art of Zen Buddhism and cooking for more than 40 years. As a chef, he is typically short-tempered and exacting, but as a Buddhist master he is exactly the opposite. Dörrie sets her camera on Espe Brown as he travels, offering cooking seminars based upon the principles established 800 years ago by Master Eihei Dogen Zenji, the founder of the Japanese Soto-Zen school. From washing rice, to preparing vegetables, every action could be a path to Zen. A charming taskmaster who regularly punctures his holiness with moments of self-deprecation and humour, Espe Brown's observations on modern culture, cooking and human foibles are often as acerbic and hilarious as they are profound. A COMPLETE JOY OF A FILM.” –Vancouver International Film Festival


student union building, university of victoria

Monday, November 26, 2007


Sunday, December 16, 7:00pm at the UVIC. INTERFAITH CHAPEL


"Dr. Khenpo Ngawang Jorden studied the five branches of Buddhist philosophy at Sakya College in India under Khenchen Appey Rinpoche.

Khenpo Jorden later taught at Sakya College before going to America to study at Harvard University where he completed his PhD in Buddhist Studies. In addition to his teaching commitment at the IBA, Khenpo Jorden is currently teaching at the University of Chicago in the USA."

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

One Day with the Buddha

ONE DAY WITH THE BUDDHA, A Spiritual Day For You in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.
Saturday, October 20th, 2007
A day of personal empowerment, Buddhist teachings, and meditation practice. Info:, phone: 250. 715. 1976

Friday, October 12, 2007

Yeshe Khorlo Society ~ BUDDHIST STUDIES

with Lopon Sang-ngag Yeshe

Sunday Afternoons - 1 - 3 p.m.

Thursday Evenings - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

contact: or telephone 658-0357

Ask about additional teachings, meditation practices, events & weekend retreats

All Classes By donation: Suggested Donation $10 per Class

Yeshe Khorlo Buddhist Meditation Centre
839 Foul Bay Road
Victoria, BC

Yeshe Khorlo Society ~ Why Vajrayana Buddhism?

A Talk by Lopon Sang-ngag Yeshe
followed by Questions & Discussion

Translator: Eric Forgeng

Are Vajrayana practices involving visualization, mantra recitation, elaborate ceremonies and rituals actually the teaching of the Buddha? When and how did they become part of Buddhist practice? What is the significance of all the symbols, gestures and music? What is their purpose and benefit in meditation practice? How do they hasten our awakening to the ultimate nature of reality and our skill in generating true compassion towards all sentient beings?

Our resident teacher, Lopon Sang-ngag Yeshe, will address these questions and whatever other questions we wish to ask about Vajrayana Buddhism in this, the first of our Sunday Afternoon Teachings of the fall season. The rest of the fall program will be announced next week.

Everyone is invited.

Place: Yeshe Khorlo Centre, 839 Foul Bay Rd., near the junction of Richardson & McNeill.

Cost: Suggested Donation $10

If you wish to receive a tax-deductible receipt for charitable donations at year's end, please place your donation in an envelope bearing your name and address.

Parking: Please park on side streets, instead of Foul Bay Rd., including in front of or behind the Centre. Thank you.

This message has been sent by Yeshe Khorlo Nyingmapa Buddhist Meditation Centre. For further information about our Centre, teachers, programs and activities, please contact:

Monday, October 08, 2007

One Day with the Buddha

A spiritual day for You. A day of personal empowerment, spiritual development, meditation and realizations. Third Saturday of month, your choice, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15. Info at, call 250. 715. 1976 or e-mail: Mahayana Nichiren Buddha House, Cowichan Valley, Duncan.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Life of Buddha and History of Sangha

The Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies presents

“Life of Buddha and History of Sangha”

with Marni Lalonde

Tuesday evenings 8 pm to 9 pm (after sitting practice 7 pm to 8pm)

October 30th, November 6, 13, 20 & 27

With an intensive day, Saturday Nov. 24th

In this course we will study the life story of Shakyamuni Buddha and the evolution of the early Buddhist community of practitioners. We will also briefly survey the spread of the teachings through various cultures over the past 2500 years. This course can give us a greater appreciation for the unique transmission of buddhadharma to the West, in which we take part through our own study & practice.

Marni Lalonde is a senior practitioner and a student of the Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche. She is a past Director of the Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre. Marni will be teaching this program with the assistance of Silas Rosenblatt.

Shambhala Community Study Programs cost $45-$60

(sliding scale depending on your financial means)

To register, please contact (

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

#1-2033 Belmont Avenue, Victoria BC, V8R 3Z7. 383-9108

Course Co-ordinator: David Clarke

"I would rather have democracy and freedom for the people (of Burma) that nirvana for myself."

Friday, October 05, 2007

Panhandling with Buddha - Public Talk

Eric Remy Jordan

Award-winning Entrepreneur, Executive in Residence at the UVic Faculty of Business and Zen Buddhist.

4 days and 3 nights on the streets of Vancouver's Downtown East Side.

Street retreats are not simulations of homelessness, but are a form of intensive spiritual practice where the experience of temporarily living and sleeping on the streets is the teacher.

What are the lessons learned by one participant in the first Vancouver Street Retreat?

7pm - Wednesday October 17th, 2007

Cornet B108, UVic

Sponsored by The Victoria Zen Centre and UVic Interfaith Services

For more information call (250) 642-7936

Alcvin Takegawa Ramos Shakuhachi Sound Meditation Music at UVIC!

Sponsored by the Victoria Zen Centre and UVic Interfaith Services

“Deeply evocative of Zen sound and spirit; transcendental, meditative music of the Soul. Simply beautiful.”


Alcvin Takegawa Ramos on shakuhachi flutes

Shakuhachi Sound Meditation Performance:
Friday, October 19th at 7:30 pm
University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel
Next to Parking Lot #6 on the outer Ring Road

Donations are thankfully accepted : Call (250) 642-7936

Alcvin Takegawa Ramos “Deeply evocative of Zen sound and spirit; transcendental meditative music of the Soul. Simply beautiful.”

Alcvin is a unique shakuhachi musician who is keeping the tradition of learning and playing the koten honkyoku (original zen pieces for shakuhachi) strong while exploring and expanding the boundaries of the instrument. Born and trained in Japan, Alcvin is the foremost teacher and performer of shakuhachi in Canada. He was the first non-Japanese to win a prize in the all-Japan Shakuhachi competition and received his shihan (masters) license from one of the greatest shakuhachi masters in history, Katsuya Yokoyama. In 2003 he and his wife opened the Bamboo-In Shakuhachi Retreat Centre on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Alcvin has taught and performed all over North America, Europe, and Japan and pursues an active solo as well as collaborative career with the shakuhachi and has played with many distinguished artists such as John McLaughlin, Bill Laswell, Hun Huur Tuu Mongolian Throat Singers, Christopher Blasdel, Toshinori Kondo, Kazutoki Umezu, Kaoru Kakizakai, Teruo Furuya, Kazushi Matama,Takeo Yamashiro, Joseph Pepe Danza, Uzume Taiko, the Vancouver Symphony, and opened for sitar virtuouso, Anoushka Shankar.

Through his deep passion and vision, Alcvin has mesmerized audiences with his extraordinarily unique sound that draws from the musical roots of traditional of Japan while expressing an energetic, modern spirit.

If it was possible to hear the breathing of atoms, it would probably sound like the shakuhachi of Ramos: simple, complex, intense, deep; his music is a visceral adventure of the spirit, rich in heart and unexpected vibratory realizations. He is truly one of a kind shakuhachi player, that is a meeting of East and West as well as the ancient and very new.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Support for Burmese freedom

Local vigil and support for Burmese freedom struggle

Many of us have heard recently reports concerning the brutal repression of Burmese Monks leading the struggle for democracy in
Myanmar. Reports are conflicting due to the stemming of information from the region, but many now believe that the military government has massacred hundreds of peaceful protesters as well as jailed many more.

This Thursday at 7pm at the Victoria Shambhala Centre we are inviting anyone who feels a sense of concern for our Burmese brothers and sisters in the dharma to practice Tonglen and discuss possible local responses to this crisis including the international day of action for a free Burma happening this Saturday, Oct 6th.

If you cannot make it this Thursday but would like to be involved or you have any questions please contact Silas at,,970918,00.html

1 - Protest - Look below for details of worldwide protests. Contact US Campaign for Burma to sign up to hold a march, vigil or any sort of event in your area-
2 - Spread the word - Invite your friends to this group, email all your family and friends, write to local newspapers
3 - Write to your elected official - they will respond if enough people contact them.
4 - Wear red clothes on Friday.
5 - Email the companies that still operate in Burma, their email addresses are listed here
6 - Sign up for the petition!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Arts and Meditation

The Art of Meditation

Coming to Your Senses

Oct.12th 7-9pm, Oct. 13th 9-5pm

W/Charles Blackall and Hamish Tucker

Cost $45, lunch included

Please do not let finances prevent you from participating

To be genuine the creative process requires that we first perceive our world directly before we can represent it in an art form or use it as a launching pad for expression. Are we sensing things as they are, or just as we think or imagine they are?

Shambhala Art Part One explores, the nature of our perceptions and how our thoughts influence what we perceive. We will learn through meditative discipline, the source of creativity and the meaning of pure expression. We will learn that when our senses including our mind are synchronized, that our expression becomes vivid, possessing greater richness and accuracy.

Shambhala Art’s purpose is to explore the creative and viewing processes from the viewpoint of a meditative discipline. Shambhala Art does not teach a particular skill or technique. It is about the source of inspiration, its manifestation, and how it speaks to us.

To Register or enquire please email

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre
#1-2033 Belmont AvenueVictoria • BC • V8R 3Z7 • 383-9108

Friday, September 14, 2007

Non Credit Buddhist Courses at UVIC

Pali for Beginners-Part-1

Since the time of the Buddha, generations of monks and nuns have transmitted the Buddha’s teachings orally in Pali. Still used in the Buddhist countries of Southeast Asia, Pali is a rich, rhythmical language.. Learning to chant the precepts in Pali , and learning by heart verses of the Dhammapada, is a powerful way to deepen one’s spiritual practise. In this 10-week course we will explore the history of Pali, look at the language and uncover the many layers of meaning in such words as Kamma, Dhamma and Nibbana.

Date Wednesdays October 10th to December 12; 19h00-21h00

Zen Meditation for Better Living

Health and well-being benefits can result from the practice of meditation. Zen Meditation goes beyond critical or chronic life circumstances to include healthy relationships and spiritual well-being. Zen strives for mindfulness, inclusive of the ordinary and the acute. Stillness reveals patterns, the habitual reflexes of the mind and body. Mediation is the recurrent opportunity to reset some of those defaults. Develop a deeper appreciation of how meditation can fit into and add value to your life.

Date: Tuesday October 2nd - November 6th: 19h00-21h00

What is Tibetan Buddhism

According to Buddha all unhappiness, sickness and disease can be viewed through understanding the causes of suffering.. Buddhism’s underlying concepts are methodical, and simplistic to practice with implications for greater health, happiness and inner peace. The focus of this course is to outline and impart this knowledge within the context (art, artifacts, photographs and videos) of the Tibetan culture Techniques will be offered that will adi in developing balance, compassion , well-being, happiness and peace.

Date: Saturday December 1st 10h00-17h00 1 session only

Contact UVIC Continuing Education at 250-472-4747 for more information

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

School for Himalayan Children


Shirley Blair, Director of Thrangu Rinpoche’s School for Himalayan Children

will be speaking

at the Shambhala Centre on

Friday September 28th at 7 pm.

2033 Belmont Ave.

Once a year Shirley travels around the world speaking about the school and showing slides of the children and their activities at the school.

This is an information session and fundraiser for the school and all are welcome to attend.

Shirley spoke at the centre last year and it was a great evening with lots of interesting anecdotes, slides and discussion.

Everyone welcome and this is open to the public so please invite your family and friends.

Please come and learn about what’s going on in Nepal and how the school is striving to keep Tibetan culture and language alive and well.

Himalayan people are Tibetan in heritage.

For more information please call 217-8658 Emma Lee

see the links below for info about the school and the works of Thrangu Rinpoche.



Monday, September 10, 2007

World Peace Day - 2007

Annual Peace Day gathering, Chemainus Peace Pole, Friday, 21st September

All faiths and everyone interested in peace is invited to meet at the Chemainus Peace Pole and make offerings for peace. Our Mahayana Nichiren Buddha Group will gather to chant for peace for two hours from 11:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. Join us and others in making offerings for peace on earth. Info: 250. 715. 1976

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Victoria Multifaith Society - General Meeting

Mark your calendars!
The Victoria Multifaith Society
General Meeting
Will be held 3 p.m. – 5 p.m,
Sunday, September 9th, 2007.
At the Hindu Temple
1934 Cultra Ave., Saanichton (map here)

Members and friends welcome!

Music, discussion and plans for the upcoming year will be on the agenda,
followed by refreshments
provided by the Hindu Community.

RSVP requested.

Learning Circles
To learn about one another’s faith traditions through interchange and discussion
Are you interested in attending some or all of these free sessions?

Please register at

Proposed Schedule
Sept. 11, 2007 Jewish
Oct. 9, 2007 Bahá’í
Nov. 13, 2007 Buddhist
Jan. 8, 2008 Hindu
Feb. 12, 2008 Muslim
Mar. 11, 2008 Sikh
Apr. 8, 2008 Christian
May 13, 2008 Unitarian
June 10, 2008 Native American

Monday, August 27, 2007

New Book Buddha Nature NOW

Buddha Nature Now is a new book on the Mahayana Nichiren Buddha-way. Available world wide,

ISBN# 978-1-4259-9914-8. One of the books goals towards a more peaceful world is to help people

who have lost their self esteem and self worth through abuse or addication.

The book donor program can be researched at The object is to send the book to Women's Shelters, PrisonLibraries and Re-Hab Centres in a big way. You can help and we thank you from the bottom of our heart. Nichiren Buddha Hokkeko, Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Zen Retreat on Salt Spring Island - September 21-23

The Salt Spring Zen Meditation Circle invites everyone to join us for our biannual three-day sesshin.

Sesshin begins at 7 PM on September 21 and ends at 3 PM on September 23.

Cost: $70 for entire sesshin, plus dana (donation) for teachings by sesshin leader, Nanfu Peter Levitt.

Meals are provided as part of the overall fee.

Billetting is available on a first come first served basis, so please register early.

All participants will be able to have private interview/discussion with Peter.

For details or to register please contact Michelle Reed at
or call Rowan Percy at (250) 537-2831

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Rare Buddhist Relics - Victoria - Aug 23th to 25th

Please share widely with others:

We would appreciate it if you could let others know of this rare opportunity to experience this sacred and historic event in our community.

The Tour brings the message of the Project - "From loving kindness then you can achieve freedom". By consciously having a good heart, we experience peace in ourselves and in our world.

It is the intent of the organizers for this exhibit to be a multi-faith event where all visitors are welcome, regardless of the spiritual background.

Details are as follows:

Dates: Thursday, August 23rd to Saturday, August 25th

Location: Church of Truth – Community of Conscious Living, 111 Superior Street in James Bay.

Public Viewing Times: Thursday (3 pm to 7pm); Friday (10am to 7pm);

Saturday (10am to 5pm)

Cost: Free Admission. Donations to Maitreya Project Greatly Appreciated.

Additional information: and

A Short Clip (3 min. 57 sec) on the Heart Shrine Relic Tour can be found on You Tube:

Volunteer are also required
for the success of this event. If you can help out or if you know of others who would be willing to assist in the following areas over the three days: greeters, guides, retail sales, cleaners, parking directors, unloaders and loaders, security, please email Roy Leaman at

At the Opening Ceremony we invite the leaders of all the local Buddhist centers as well as the local Churches and other spiritual groups to come on Thursday, August 23rd at 2:00 p.m. Please RSVP attendance to Linda Chan at 380-6383 or email her at

On August 22nd, there will be a talk entitled: Benevolent Bones: Buddhist Relics in Context on the evening before the Heart Shrine Relics Tour Exhibition at the Church of Truth – Community of Conscious Living, 111 Superior Street from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Anne MacDonald, Assistant Professor, Dept. of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, from the University of Vienna will give a talk on Love and Compassion and on the Historical Significance of the Relics. Admission is by donation to Maitreya Project.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Winter Month long retreat on Vancouver Island

Winter Dathün

Meditation Retreat in the Pacific Northwest at Camp Pringle, Shawnigan Lake, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Dec. 8, 2007–Jan.5, 2008, with John Osajima

Dathün is a one-month residential meditation retreat designed for both beginning meditators and those wishing to deepen their practice. The focus will be the mindfulness-awareness practices of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Included will be group sitting and walking meditation, private interviews with qualified meditation instructors, talks and contemplation. Reflecting the particular training of the director, this dathün will include various mind and body awareness exercises. There will be a short work session each day. Meals will be taken in Zen oryoki style. Periods of silence and functional talking will be observed.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the full dathün. However, if that is not possible, you're invited to come for one, two or three weeks.

John Osajima, a student in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for 31 years, is a senior teacher and former head meditation instructor at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. He served as a meditation instructor for four dathüns and at several Meditation Instructor training programs. He regularly teaches Shambhala Training programs and the Maitri Space Awareness Program. He conducts Dharma Art workshops and classes in various settings. For several years John conducted weekly meditation classes at a County jail, a methadone clinic and at a half-way house for women.

Mahamudra Retreat

Camp Pringle, December 15–29, 2007, with Scott Wellenbach

The nature of mind teachings, known as Mahamudra in the Kagyu tradition, are considered the heart essence of all the teachings. Gampopa describes the path of mahamudra as the "single remedy that cures all." The Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche says that "if you recognize your mind's nature, that, in itself, is the recognition of everything else that is to be known." During this two-week Mahamudra retreat, guided by the seminal mahamudra text Pointing Out the Dharmakaya by Wangchuk Dorje, Karmapa IX, we will practice shamatha and vipashyana mahamudra to clarify and stablize our experience of the nature of mind.

Scott Wellenbach is a student of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee he was a principal translator and editor of the mahamudra text, Pointing Out the Dharmakaya. He is also a co-director of Nitartha Institute, with particular responsibilty for translation projects. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Scott will be in residence from December 15 - 29.

Students and seniors (60 and older) receive a 10% discount.

To register, visit Phone: (604) 520-7611 e-mail:

Friday, July 27, 2007

Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relics Tour Coming to Victoria

Please Share this Information with other. This is a rare opportunity for people to view the precious Buddhist relics in our community and it is the goal of the Maitreya Project that as many people as possible can share the blessing energy of the Relics.

From loving kindness then you can achieve freedom!
By consciously having a good heart, we experience peace in ourselves and in our world.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the Maitreya Project


A precious collection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world. These relics were found among the cremation ashes of Buddhist masters. They resemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death.

Dates: August 23, 24 & 25, 2007

Times: Thursday 2pm Opening Ceremony (By Special Invitation)

Public Viewings:
3pm to 7pm
10am to 7pm
Saturday 10am to 5pm

Location: Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street, Victoria (

Cost: There is no admission charge to see the Relics. Donations to the Maitreya Project are gratefully appreciated. For more details about the Project, please visit: Please note that the Maitreya Project International is a registered charity.

Other Details: There will be Blessing Ceremonies throughout the event.

PUBLIC EVENTS relating to the Heart Shrine Relics Tour and its message of Loving Kindness and Peace held at the Church of Truth – Community of Conscious Living:

Wednesday, August 22nd (7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.), Dr. Anne MacDonald, Assistant Professor, Dept. of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, from the University of Vienna will give a talk on Love and Compassion and on the Historical Significance of the Relics.

Sunday Service at 11 a.m.:

August 5th Maitreya Project and the Heart Shrine Relics Tour

An Informative Talk by Greg Skala

The Maitreya Peace Meditation recited by June Swadron

August 12th One Story from the Life of the Buddha

Storytelling by Margo McLoughlin

August 19th
Special Sunday Program - Loving Kindness and Peace

Loving Kindness Blessing or Prayer by
Venerable Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje

August 26th Community Sunday

You will have the opportunity to share your experiences of the Buddhist relics, offer a prayer or wish for world peace, etc.

For additional information, please visit

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

H.H. Phakchok Rinpoche on Salt Spring Island

Dear Dharma Friends,

H.H. Phakchok Rinpoche will be returning to Vancouver and Salt Spring Island doing teachings between July 27-31. The focus of his teachings will be developing authentic compassion.

We do need volunteers to help run the event. So if you feel like helping, please email me at or give me a call at 604-247-3323.

Dates and Times:

Friday, July 27, 7:30-9:30pm
Public Talk
Recognizing our True Nature
Centre for Peace, 1825 W. 16th Ave, Vancouver
Suggested Donation $10
What would life be like if we lived our lives from our essential goodness, filled with warm-hearted compassion. A talk to explore our lives and how to live them with more joy.

Saturday, July 28, 10am-5pm
A Meditation Workshop on the Path of Compassion
Centre for Peace, 1825 W. 16th Ave, Vancouver
Suggested Donation $60
Authentic great compassion has the unique qualities of being suffused with ineffable joy, happiness, gratitude, respect for others, and wisdom. It is free from regret, sadness, ulterior motives, and all the negativities that keep us down. As many great spiritual masters like His Holiness the Dalai Lama have said, if we truly want happiness we need to learn to admire, cultivate, and perfect great compassion.

The workshop will teach specific practices suitable for people of any faith from the Tibetan Buddhist traditon (shamatha and tonglen) to help develop our warm-heartedness, equanimity with what life throws at us, and increasing our joyfulness with great compassion. This workshop will be appropriate for beginners and more experienced students alike

Sunday July 29- SALT SPRING Island teachings
Salt Spring Island - 9:30am - 3:30pm "Path of Freedom" and "Three Master's songs of
advice". Contact for Salt Spring Island teachings

Monday, July 30, 9:30am - 5:00pm, Tuesday, July 31, 9am-3pm
Teachings on Vajrayogini
Centre for Peace, 1825 W. 16th Ave, Vancouver
Suggested Donation $60

Rinpoche will give the Vajrayogini empowerment again this year, and continue his teachings on the ngondro of this special Dzogchen Blue Vajrayogini terma of Khandro Kunga Boom. Pre-registration is required. Rinpoche will continue teaching the Dzogchen path of this terma over the next several years, and attendance at this years teachings will be required for future attendance.
For more information, please contact Mara Shnay at or 604-247-3353

Phakchok Rinpoche is a fifth reincarnate High Lama, the son of Dechen Paldron, and Chokling Rinpoche who is recognized by the Karmapa as the fourth reincarnation of the great 19th-century tertön Chokgyur Lingpa Rinpoche. He is the grandson of Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche, widely acknowledged as one of the great meditation masters of modern times, famed for his profound meditative realization and for the concise, lucid and humorous style with which he imparted the essence of the Dzogchen teachings.

Recognized by the Kagyü regents and ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Phakchok Rinpoche has studied with the Dalai Lama himself as well as a number of great lamas including Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Trulshik Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.

An enthusiastic and vibrant young lama, His Holiness Phackchok Rinpoche's teachings are direct, accessible, and always fresh, opening up our minds in a playful and inspiring way. Phakchok Rinpoche is the abbot of a monastery in Chapagaon in the southern Kathmandu Valley, as well as head of Riwoche Monastery in Tibet's Dokham region.

Mara Shnay

Friday, July 13, 2007

Vipassana Community Weekend Retreat August 18-19

Invitation to Participate in a Vipassana Non-Residential Weekend Retreat.

Vipassana mindfulness meditation involves cultivating a non-judgemental awareness of our moment to moment experience. It aims to free the mind from negativity and confusion. By seeing life as a constantly changing process, one learns to accept both the pleasurable and painful aspects of life with balance. This understanding leads to wisdom and compassion.

Dear Meditators,

Hope all is well in your world as we are blessed with this sunny summer weather......and wishing you many blessings of peace and ease of heart and mind.

I want to let you know about the upcoming vipassana non-residential weekend Aug 18-19 at Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd., 9-4:30 (door open at 8:30am). It will be appropriate for both new and experienced meditators, and will be taught by Heather Martin from Salt Spring Island.

For registration for this summer retreat we simply ask you to reply to this email by emailing your name to Linda Chan at with your intention of coming.....we won't have you fill out a complete registration form this time and will experiment with how that goes. We encourage people to set aside both days for this retreat, although there will be space for people only able to do one day. If you are a new meditator and can only do one day it is suggested that Saturday would be the day to come and not Sunday as basic instructions will be given on Saturday. Please let Linda know if you are only coming for one day.

We have been using the practice of generosity or dana (dana is the word for generosity from the language in the Buddha's time) to cover the costs of putting on the retreat over the past few years and will continue to do so (costs for rental, teacher's travel etc.) For your information, we suggest $30 for the weekend to cover our costs. Any extra money left over goes into a scholarship fund for folks in our community to do longer retreats who may have the interest, but not the funds to afford that. If the $30 is beyond your means, though, for the weekend that is fine.......please feel free to come and simply donate what feels within your means. There will be a basket out at the retreat for these donations. The teachings, themselves, are offered by the teacher freely, in the Buddhist tradition of over 2500 years. If you feel the teachings have been of value to you, there will be an opportunity to practise generosity or dana for the teachings at the end of the retreat and this money will go directly to the teacher. There will be a basket out at the retreat for this.....and more information will be provided about this at the retreat.

Heather Martin is in her final year of teacher training with Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, California. She began meditating in 1973, and has practiced Vipassana meditation in the Theravada tradition since 1981. She teaches on Salt Spring Island and in many places in the United States and Canada. Heather worked for 20 years as a midwife, and continues to teach Childbirth Preparation workshops in Vancouver.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there, warmly, Beth

Beth Trotter
Community Leader,
Victoria Vipassana Community

Monday, June 04, 2007

Ikebana at the AGGV

July and August will be having Ikebana ( Japanese flower arranging) lecture and demonstrations sponsored by the Asian Arts Society of Victoria at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria at 1040 Moss Street. All events are free WITH ADMISSION to the gallery and start at 1:00pm.

Wed. July 11th- Dr.Judith Patt ( who did many brilliant lectures at the Zen Arts show last year and is also an outstanding Ikebana artist) will be giving “An introduction to Ikebana” . The slide lecture will give a brief history of Ikebana and present the main principles of design through images of contemporary arrangements, focusing especially on those from Ohara and Sogetsu schools of Ikebana.

Wed. July 18thMarilyn McLaren- Ikebana demonstration. Marilyn McLaren is a Master of the Ohara School of Ikebana and head of the Ohara study groups in Victoria.

Wed. July 25thMichiko Seguev- Ikebana Demonstration. Michiko was born in Tokyo and studied Ikebana there. She is a Master of the Sogestsu school and teaches Ikebana in Victoria.

Wed. Aug.1st- Jennifer Roberts- Ikebana Demonstration. Jennifer is a Master of the Ohara school of Ikebana and a florist of “ Jennifer Robert’s Florist” creating both traditional and contemporary designs.

Wed. Aug.8th- Philip Sanders- Ikebana Demonstration. Philip is a Master of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana who has a background in theatre design and commercial display

Monday, May 21, 2007

Mahasangha ~ Zen and the Shakuhachi

Alcvin Takegawa Ramos, Shakuhachi Master and founder of Bamboo-In Shakuhachi Retreat Centre will present a talk about the origins and history of the Shakuhachi Flute, it's relationship to Zen Buddhism and it's use as a method of awakening. The audience will also experience the music of the Shakuhachi in a recital by some of Alcvin's students.

WHAT: Shakuhachi Lecture and Recital

WHEN: Sunday May 27th, 2007 at 1:00pm

WHERE: University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel

COST: Admission is by donation.

About the Shakuhachi Flute:

The ancient 5-holed, vertical bamboo flute of Japan called the shakuhachi has a history much veiled in mystery. With roots that span back millennia to middle and near east, with much of it in China, the shakuhachi made its way into Japan in the 6th century. First used as a court instrument in the gagaku orchestra, it went underground for hundreds of years to re-emerge in the 16th century when Buddhist monks transformed it into a tool for meditation and self-discipline used also by samurai warriors as a replacement for their swords. For several centuries the shakuhachi was used as an adjunct of self- realization and enlightenment which gave rise to the core of shakuhachi solo sacred music called "honkyoku" (original pieces) which were inspired by meditative practice (zen) and communion with the natural environment. Honkyoku forms the basis of shakuhachi music and spirituality and expresses the true beauty of the instrument.

About Alcvin Takegawa Ramos:

Alcvin is a unique shakuhachi musician who is keeping the tradition of learning and playing the koten honkyoku (original zen pieces for shakuhachi) strong while exploring and expanding the boundaries of the instrument. Born and trained in Japan, Alcvin is the foremost teacher and performer of shakuhachi in Canada. He was the first non- Japanese to win a prize in the all-Japan Shakuhachi competition and received his shihan (masters) license from one of the greatest shakuhachi masters in history, Katsuya Yokoyama. In 2003 he and his wife opened the Bamboo-In Shakuhachi Retreat Centre on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Alcvin is involved in many activities dedicated to the learning of shakuhachi. Being an avid practitioner of Zen and student of Buddhism, Alcvin doesn't make the separation between zen, shakuhachi, and musical practice. Alcvin believes the shakuhachi to be the gate to the inaudible, mystery of the Universal Body, the All experience.

This Event is Sponsored by The Victoria Zen Centre, and Interfaith Services of UVic.
For more information contact Ven. Eshu
For a map to the chapel click link below.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Nitartha Institute

Nitartha Institute is accepting applications until the end of this month for its Summer Institute in Tacoma, Washington, 45 minutes from Seattle. We hope you can join us:
Session 1: July 7 - 21
Session 2: July 21 - Aug 4
  • Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, currently resident in Seattle, has been invited to visit and we are hoping our close proximity will entice him to come.
  • We have invited The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche to come and teach as long as his schedule will allow. He may begin teaching the 7th Karmapa's Ocean of Reasoning, one of the "Eight Great Texts" of the Kagyu lineage. It is the basis of the Lorik and a number of other important texts. We believe that when it is taught it will be an historic first time in the West.
  • Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen will teach on a new edition of a Mind Only text written for the Institute by Ponlop Rinpoche and expanded by Lama Tenpa. The course will be an in-depth study of the Mind Only tradition, the understanding of which will bring a new depth of insight into one's practice. Studying this view is also an important basis for further study of the profound views of Madhyamaka and Great Madhamaka.
  • Mind & Its World I - IV - Courses on the realities and views of mind, perception, conception and karma. These courses are essential training for those who want to deepen their dharma practice.
  • Tibetan language - Beginner and Intermediate levels for the serious student aspiring to learn how to translate Tibetan. Classes in both spoken and written Tibetan are taught in an intensive one-month format.
  • Compassion in Healing - A course for Health Practitioners based on the teachings of Mind & Its World, capturing some of the important points of clarity and compassion in clinical work.
For more information and to apply, please visit You can also send an email or call:
Steve Seely
Managing Director

Friday, May 11, 2007

Weekthun at Sea-To-Sky

Weekthun at Sea-to-Sky Retreat Center
Bellingham Shambhala Center will be hosting our annual Weekthun at Sea-to-Sky Retreat Center near Whistler, B.C., Canada, September 1 - 8, 2007. This year it will be led by Martin Evans from Vancouver, B.C.Retreat Life StyleSSRC is located well above sea level in the coastal mountains of B.C. You can expect a variety of weather conditions. The center is beautifully situated overlooking an alpine lake and includes a main house, an isolated pavilion for practicing, and one or two cabins. There are indoor showers and bathrooms and electric lighting.There are three accommodation options available for this Weekthun:
Option 1: Sleeping in the Main House in dormitory style bedrooms (3 to a room) or on an open indoor balcony floor on mattresses. $425 CA (about $395 US).
Option 2: SSRC has several large, sturdy tents attached to platforms. $350 CA (about $325 US) at two persons per tent.
Option 3: Driving your own camper to SSRC and staying in it. $325 CA (about $305 US).
There is a 5% discount if payment in full is received by SSRC by June 30.For more information or to register, please contact registrar Robin Rieck at or (360) 676-0315.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Celebration at Thubten Choling

Join us May 6th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the three year anniversary of Ngakpa Kalzang's arrival to teach at Thubten Choling in Duncan, BC. For more information please contact us at 250-748-6028, or visit our website at:

Hope you can join us!

The Thubten Choling Community

Dharmic Creative Writing Workshop

Shambhala Arts Festival presents:
"First Thought"
A Creative Writing Workshop
w/ Bill Gaston
Sat May 12th 2 - 5
Cost $35

The workshop will involve Bill talking semi-formally, general discussion, writing exercises, and also guided meditation/contemplation. The focus of the session will be on the creative process, in particular how words are typically used, and how they could be used in a fresher way, giving rise to writing that can wake up both the writer and the reader

Bill is known internationally and is a respected writer and teacher.

He is a creative writing profesor at UVic, and has published 5 novels. In 2003, Bill was awarded the Timothy Findlay award for Canadian male writer in mid career. For more information about Bill please see.

The workshop is part of the Shambhala Arts Festival, a festival of contemplative and meditative arts, and is being held at the Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre
#1-2033 Belmont Avenue *Victoria * V8R 3Z7 *

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Vancouver Island Zen Sangha Weekend Retreat June 8-10

MEDITATION RETREAT June 8,9,10 2007 with Zen Buddhist Master Rev. Master Meiten McGuire at Sleeping Dog Farm, Victoria.

Rev. Master Meiten is a monk in the Soto Zen tradition. She was born in California in 1926 and received her Ph.D. in psychology in 1952, after majoring in English and philosophy. In her profession, she practiced clinical psychology until 1972 when, following a personal tragedy, she went to an ashram for spiritual guidance. This was the beginning of her commitment to find a spiritual solution to the suffering she’d experienced.

In 1978, she continued her spiritual journey at Shasta Abbey in California, and received ordination as a Buddhist monk from Reverend Master Jiyu-Kennett, the Abbess and Founder of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. The spiritual tradition followed at Shasta Abbey and world-wide at other Temples of her Order is known as Serene Reflection Meditation.

In 2000 Rev. Master Meiten was named a Master of the Order. All of her spiritual training has helped her to the growing realization of her spiritual quest: how to bring an end to the suffering she’d lived with for much of her life. Through Dharma talks, meditation instruction, study groups, and spiritual counseling, she offers others the teaching and practice which have changed her life.

Friday June 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday June 9, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday June 10, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Hosted by the Vancouver Island Zen Sangha at : Sleeping Dog Farm and Retreat Center, 1506 West Burnside Rd. Victoria

For the retreat, participants are requested to be present for all three days. The retreat is in silence except during dharma talks. There will be instruction in meditation - both sitting and walking - meditation practice, and dharma talks. Participants are requested to bring a cushion or chair and a bag lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Overnight accommodation is not provided for as a part of this retreat, but limited space is available at the retreat centre by booking yourself. (see

There is no fee for this weekend retreat. Donations are gratefully accepted. Early registration is recommended as space is limited.

INFO/REGISTRATION: Pamela @ 544-4338 or