Saturday, June 27, 2009


Victoria Zen Centre to hold Victoria's first Buddhist Ordination

Doshu Lars Rogers has a first-hand understanding of suffering and impermanence. In February 2002, he found himself in the intensive care unit of Vancouver General Hospital more dead than alive having been air lifted from his family’s homestead on Malcolm Island just off of Vancouver Island’s north coast. The diagnosis was acute leukemia, and the prognosis was not hopeful. Immediate chemotherapy left Rogers with no memory of the events that took place for about a month after his arrival at the hospital. In May of 2002, he was released from hospital for two weeks before a scheduled bone marrow transplant “to make some good memories with (his) family”. Upon his return to hospital he was subjected to intense chemotherapy and full-body radiation to ensure that all blood making cells in his body were thoroughly and totally dead. Following the bone marrow transplant, another month of isolation followed waiting for these new cells to take up residence deep within his bones and begin producing healthy blood.

Doshu has practiced Zen Buddhism since 1975-at times passively, and at times with great energy and zeal. Living remotely, his contact with any kind of Buddhist community was infrequent, but he maintained a personal practice and attended meditation retreats occasionally with Toronto Zen Centre, Zen Centres in Oregon and Washington States, and the Victoria Zen Centre. His life path had seen him educated at the University of Toronto in astronomy, travelling through Asia and Europe with his wife Soshin Ruth McMurchy, training and working in electronics and making a living as an entrepreneur in that field. Doshu and Soshin have two children together, and when Doshu became ill, the whole family moved to Victoria so that they could be there to support him, and each other. As he lay in the hospital wondering if he would make it to the next mealtime which Doshu describes as “a yellow-green goo that was pumped through my nose-tube and into my stomach”, a visiting friend asked him what he wanted to do when he got out of the hospital. Doshu had spent much of his time (when he was conscious and/or coherent) reviewing his life, coming to terms with his impending death, and letting go of any regrets of his life; but realized that he hadn’t seriously considered the possibility of recovery. The question he was asked provoked a heartfelt response that he says surprised him. “My family and Zen practice are my priorities.”

When Doshu was discharged from hospital in July of 2002, after the bone marrow transplant had “taken”, it was into the caring hands of his friends and family. As he slowly recovered, struggling through periodic and frightening infections, and dealing with the depression that often follows such severe illness, he gradually began to regain his strength. His resolve and commitment to his priorities also grew stronger. Eventually he overcame concerns about his physical fragility and emotional instability and reconnected with the Victoria Zen Centre. Knowing that Zen Buddhist practice can be demanding physically, mentally, and emotionally, Doshu expected a rough ride but says he was very kindly and gently received by the Zen Centre community and it’s teacher Ven. Eshu Martin. “In hospital I started to experience life more as a gift than a given - connecting with Ven. Eshu and the loving community he inspires has allowed me to grow toward a life based on practice and giving, to face my fears and to uncover the life I have longed for but never before managed to create”, says Rogers.

“Doshu’s commitment to his family, to his community, and to Zen practice raises the bar for everyone that comes into contact with him”, says Martin, who also acts as the Buddhist Chaplain for the University of Victoria’s Interfaith Services. “As the Zen Centre has grown and developed, Doshu has been involved in every aspect, and provides a joyous, humble, and compassionate example for all of us to follow.”

Doshu’s increasing involvement and commitment has led to his completion of a program of training and education at the Victoria Zen Centre that will see him ordained a Zen Monk at the University of Victoria’s Interfaith Chapel on at 10am on July 19, 2009 as a part of the Zen Centre’s semi-annual commitment ceremony. The first event of its kind to be held in Victoria, it promises to be a deeply powerful and moving event for everyone present, and will deeply impact Doshu, his family, and the Buddhist community of Vancouver Island. For more information, please contact the Victoria Zen Centre 250-642-7936.

The Victoria Zen Centre is a federally registered charity that was formed in 1980. For more information please visit the website at

Friday, June 19, 2009

HHDL visits Vancouver

Tickets for Vancouver Peace Summit On Sale June 20

CTVThe Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is pleased to announce that ticket sales will soon be open for the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue. Tickets for this special event will be available to the public on June 20 and can be purchased at< /p>
Summit adds TED Prize winner to list of distinguished speakers

Winner of the 2008 TED Prize, Karen Armstrong joins the Vancouver Peace Summit to share her TED Prize wish, the Charter for Compassion. Armstrong is one of the extraordinary hearts taking part in the Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace event. Below is a complete list of events and speakers.

World Peace through Personal Peace

WHERE: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia

WHO: The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Eckhart Tolle and Matthieu Ricard

SPECIAL EVENT: Fetzer Institute Prize for Love and Forgiveness to be presented to His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace

WHERE: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia

WHO: The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams and Jody Williams

SPECIAL EVENT: Prize winner Karen Armstrong and the Charter for Compassion

8:30 AM, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
Creativity and Well-being

WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Downtown Vancouver

WHO: The Dalai Lama, Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Siegel, the Blue Man Group, Eckhart Tolle, Murray Gell-Mann and Matthieu Ricard
Heart-Mind Education

WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Downtown Vancouver

WHO: The Dalai Lama, Clyde Hertzman, Kim Schonert-Reichl, Stephen Covey, Adele Diamond and Mairead Maguire

Women & Peace-building

WHERE: Orpheum Theatre, Downtown Vancouver

WHO: The Dalai Lama, Maria Shriver, Kim Campbell, Mary Robinson, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Ashley Judd, Zainab Salbi, Fazle Hasan Abed, Swanee Hunt and Susan Davis (find tickets)

HIGHLIGHT: The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, in collaboration with Free The Children, also hosts "We Day Vancouver", a special Summit program at GM Place for 16,000 student leaders from BC schools. For information, go to

All events and speakers are subject to change.

Presented in collaboration with the Fetzer Institute
Fetzer Institute

Media Sponsors:
CTVThe Vancouver SunCKNW

For more information visit our web site at

Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
PO Box 3662 Station Terminal Vancouver BC V6B 3Y8 Canada
Tel: 604-215-2DLC (352) | E-mail:

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Help needed for monks' Victoria visit

Hello members and friends of CTC Victoria,

There is a strong possibility that a group of Tibetan monks from India could come to Victoria this coming September/October to create a sand mandala at the Art Gallery.

Over the years a number of sand mandalas have been created by visiting monks. It always creates a lot of interest in the community, which helps raise awareness of Tibet and raise funds for the monks’ monastery, and boosts interest and membership in CTC.

Such a visit always requires a lot of organization beforehand and help at the time. The decision as to whether on not to invite the monks to Victoria will depend, in part, on whether we have people who would like to take on some of the work involved.

At this point we aren’t sure of dates but if you think you might be able to help with this, please contact Joe Dorscher:, / phone 250-380-1235, as soon as possible as a decision will have to be made very soon.

Thanks for your support.

CTC Victoria

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300, Léo-Pariseau, Suite 2250,
Montréal, Québec H2X 4B3
514.487.0665 Fax 514.487.7825

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

ZenDotStudio - Local Artist Carole Leslie

Local artist, Carole Leslie, creates acrylic and mixed media work inspired by her Zen practice and offers originals, prints, cards and journals with a Buddhist theme under the name of Zendotstudio. Commissions are also possible. A recent commission included a Bodhi leaf brought as a gift for someone from Bodhgaya. One of her pieces called, "Forest Buddha" was featured in the summer issue of Tricycle Magazine and another, called, "Buddha, Dharma Bingo" will appear in the fall issue of Buddhadharma Magazine.

You can find her art for sale via:

Or contact her directly at