Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fearlessness in Uncetain Times


The Victoria Shambhala Centre is pleased to offer this program with Acharya Allyn Lyon
Friday November 6 at 7:00p.m. and
Saturday November 7 from 9:00a.m.- 4:30p.m.

New and experienced meditators are invited to join us.
The program fee is $45.00
If you wish to register or have any questions please contact Marni Lalonde by email at

ALLYN LYON was appointed an acharya in 2000, after several years serving as Director of Shambhala Mountain Center and in other Shambhala administrative positions. Since then she has been traveling and teaching while creating a home base in Tepotzlan, Mexico, where she is the resident acharya. Her main interest in teaching dharma is the nature of mind and how it functions: "What is mind? How does practice work with mind? What is real?" But if there's a bottom line, Allyn says, "it's that I really enjoy practicing the dharma, teaching and sharing my love of the dharma with students." For more about Acharya Lyon, go to
Contentment in Everyday Life

The Contentment in Everyday Life course is a thorough exploration of mindfulness meditation, delving into the foundational views of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. By acknowledging and understanding the reality of suffering we can open to our inherent goodness and express the qualities of gentleness, appreciation, and fearlessness in our everyday lives.

Five Thursdays -- 7:00 to 9:00 PM from November 19th to December 17th.
The course will be led by Mark Hazell and Jack Lalonde
The fee for the course is $75

To register or get more information email Mark Hazell

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Co-sponsored by Victoria Zen Centre and UVic Interfaith Services

Brad Warner is a Zen monk, writer, bass player and film-maker. He wrote the books Hardcore Zen, Sit Down And Shut Up and his latest, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. His Zen pedigree, for those who value such things, is that he received Dharma Transmission from Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who received his transmission from Rempo Niwa Roshi who, at the time was the head of the Soto Sect in Japan. He was also a student of Tim McCarthy, who was a student of Kobun Chino Roshi.

Brad will be joining us for three events here in Victoria from November 16-23, 2009.
1. Tuesday November 17, 2009 7pm, Victoria, BC Canada

University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Lot #6 UVic Ring Road

Tuesday Zen Open House

Zen meditation and Q&A

The Victoria Zen Centre and UVic Interfaith Services co-sponsor a beginner’s group each week. 3x15 minute sits with a talk in the second one (just 15 minutes). Afterwards there is tea, introductions, and a period of question and response. Brad will do a short talk and field questions.

2. Thursday November 19, 2009 7pm, Victoria, BC Canada

University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Lot #6 UVic Ring Road

Public talk

This will be Brad's main talk, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions. Brad's books will be available for purchase. Fun will be had by all.

There is no cost for this event, however space is limited. If you would like to attend, please contact Two seats can be reserved per email.

3. Sunday November 22, 2009 6am-5pm

Victoria Zen Centre, Sooke, BC

Members one-day intensive with Brad Warner

Our regular monthly one-day intensive will feature Brad Warner giving the Dharma talk and conducting interviews with members.

Fees for the intensive are $29 for Full Members and $79 for Basic Members. All funds will go to Brad Warner. Space is limited, so register early.

For more information, please contact

Friday, October 23, 2009

Journey without Goal

With Silas Rosenblatt and Jim Sacamano

An introduction to the world of vajrayana Buddhism, the diamond or indestructible vehicle. The idea of indestructibility here is the discovery of indestructible wakefulness, the discovery of our own innate awakened state of mind, or vajra nature. Tantra literally means “continuity” or “thread”. Hinayana, mahayana and vajrayana are a continuous thread of sympathy or sanity, which is never broken. Vajrayana is further and greater expansion. It is the expression of greater sanity and greater sympathy, arising from the practice of hinayana (foundation path) and mahayana (compassion path).

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Tuesday evenings 7:30pm t0 8:30pm.
November 17th, 24th, December 1st, 8th and 15th.
Intensive day long practice - December 19th.
Sitting practice begins at 7:00pm.

Shambhala Community Study programs cost: $45 - $75
* (Buddhist studies prerequisites apply)

Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre
1-2033 Belmont Avenue,Victoria BC. V8R 3Z7.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Medicine Buddha Course In November

Know Thyself ♥ Love Thyself ♥ Heal Thyself

An Invitation to Buddhist Healing Tradition

For those seeking to heal themselves, or to assist in the healing of others.

For beginners or long-time practitioners of meditation.

In pursuit of healing, we will learn and practice both Meditation and the Medicine Buddha Sadhana, a profound teaching on medicine and healing from the Tibetan Vajrayana Tradition.

Please join us for 5 Monday nights (7:30 pm-9:00 pm)

starting November 2, 2009

Cost: $50 – practice materials included

The Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre

2033 Belmont Avenue

Please call 250-383-9108 for more information or registration


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Medicine Buddha and Psychotherapy

On Tuesday the 27th of October Jim Sacamano will give a talk at the Shambhala-Buddhist Centre.
The title of the lecture is Medicine Buddha and the Neuroscience of Psychotherapy.
Jim is a Victoria area Psychiatrist and the founder of the Medicine Buddha Program at the Shambhala-Buddhist Centre.
In November the Medicine Buddha Group at the Centre will give an introductory course on Medicine Buddha Practice (Menla Practice). The dates for this are; November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.
Jim’s lecture should provide a good introduction to the Medicine Buddha Practice and one can then decide if the Medicine Buddha course is for you!
Time for the talk only is 8PM
Victoria Shambhala Meditation Centre
#1 - 2033 Belmont Ave., Victoria, BC V8R 3Z7
Tel. (250) 383.9108 Email:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tibetan Monks at UVIC

At 3:00pm on Sunday Oct 18, the Tibetan monks will perform a "sang-sol" ceremony in front of the Art Gallery. A "sang-sol" is a purification ceremony conducted with the aromatic smoke from burning juniper branches.
At 7:30pm on Friday Oct 23, the UVic Students for a Free Tibet will be hosting a presentation of the monks playing Tibetan instruments, performing sacred dances and doing demonstrations of monastery debating. This will be held at the new First Peoples House at UVic, located between University Centre and the quadrangle. General admission is $15, seniors/students are $10. All proceeds will be donated to the monks home monastery.
See for the web site of the monk's tour and for the AGGV web site of the monk's visit to the gallery.

The monks will share in a percentage of the entrance fee, which will go to the support of their monastery in India.

CTC Victoria

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Transforming Suffering and Happiness

Tibetan Buddhist teachings with Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje November and December 2009
In this teaching discover how both happiness and suffering can be transformed into methods of realization on the Path to Enlightenment.

Victoria Classes: Thursday evenings November 19th to December 10th at the Oak Bay Library from 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Nanaimo Classes: Wednesday evenings November 18th to December 9th at the Harbourfront Library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Duncan Classes: Sunday evenings November 15th to December 6th as per our usual schedule

Everyone Welcome - Classes offered free of charge - Donations accepted

For further information please contact Thubten Choling in Duncan, tel: 250-748-6028 or

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Victoria Vipassana Community Weekly Sunday Evening Sits

Join us every Sunday for a Community sit at the Lynn Wylie Yoga Studio, #202 – 1600 Bay Street (Shakespeare St. entrance) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On the first Sunday of each month, there will be a guided meditation and on the third Sunday of each month, the sit will focus on Metta (Loving Kindness) meditation. Everyone is welcome!


Additional information: Please contact Rod House or Brock Brown

Victoria Vipassana Community Non-Residential Weekend Retreat

This silent non-residential weekend retreat on November 7 & 8 (includes lunch) will be appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will be taught by Joanne Broatch from Vancouver. We will meet from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm each day at Queenswood, 2494 Arbutus Rd., Victoria, B.C. The weekend will include sitting and walking periods (including outdoor walking) as well as meditation instruction, and a talk by the teacher.

Joanne Broatch, the teacher for the weekend, has practised Buddhist meditation in the Theravadan tradition since 1980 and has been teaching, primarily on the West Coast since 1994 where she has focused on the growth ofsangha(meditation community), especially in smaller communities. Joanne is particularly interested in the importance of faith and loving kindness in physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

Details and Retreat Registration Form:

Please direct queries to Rod House, Registrar about this retreat at

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Tibetan Monks at the Art Gallery

Five Tibetan monks from the Gaden Jangtse Monastery in India will be in Victoria from Oct 3rd to 25th, constructing a sand mandala and butter sculpture at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), as part of the gallery's Sacred Art of Tibet exhibit. The exhibit will continue until Dec 6th and the completed mandala will be on display until then.

The opening ceremony will take place Saturday Oct 3 at 10:30am in the Pollard Gallery of the AGGV.


for the web site of the monk's tour and

for the AGGV web site of the monk's visit to the gallery.

For information on when the Gallery is open and it's entrance fee go to

. If you plan to visit the Gallery a number times to follow the progression of the mandala you might want to consider getting a membership. For membership information go to

. The monks will share in a percentage of the en trance fee, which will go to the support of their monastery in India.

The UVic Students for a Free Tibet will be hosting a presentation of the monks playing Tibetan instruments, performing sacred dances and doing demonstrations of monastery debating. This is tentatively scheduled for Fri Oct 23 at UVic, with details to follow.

CTC Victoria


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