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!