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