Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday evening teaching series at the Sakya Centre

The Victoria Buddhist Dharma Centre's resident teacher, Lama Jhampa Tenzin, is currently giving teachings Thursday evenings at 7:00 with translator Lama Jhampa Shaneman. The initial teachings, which began on March 11, are based on Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend. The series will then continue with teaching based on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva and with further topics until mid May 2010.

These teachings are relevant for laypeople wishing to be happier, calmer, and more in control in their daily lives. They do not teach specific meditation techniques and are open to all regardless of previous experience.

A donation of $12 per session is requested from those able to do so to cover costs.

Out of consideration for the neighbors, please do not park on the street next to their homes. The best place other than the Centre's parking spaces is across Maplewood on the park side of Camrose.

Centre Address:
3371 Maplewood Road
Victoria, BC
V8P 3N1
(250) 385-4828

Monday, March 22, 2010

Orientation to Zen Buddhist Practice - Victoria Zen Centre

"For over twenty years I had read book after book on the subjects of Zen and Buddhism, but somewhere in the back of my mind I knew all that reading was not enough. I was not DOING. The 'Orientation to Zen Buddhist Practice' course was that huge nudge I needed to get myself truly participating and practicing." - Susanne Ledingham

Saturdays 9:00-11:30am April 3-24, 2010
Victoria Zen Centre - Sooke, BC

Discover the impact that consistent practice can have on and in your life! This course was designed by our abbot Ven. Eshu Martin, and is aimed at providing the support necessary for you to put an end to excuses, and to begin a stable and life long transformative practice
through Zen Buddhism.

The fee for this four-week course is $295 and includes:

* Four weekly Sessions for a total of ten hours of class time.

* Small class size (max.8).
* A meditation cushion for each participant to keep.
* Course manual and supplementary materials.
* Teachings and group discussions on core aspects of Zen Practice.
* Peer Support.
* Chanting practice CD and Chant Sheet.
* The opportunity to become a member of the Victoria Zen Centre.

For program information and to register:

Visit our website.

or email

Monday, March 08, 2010

Regular Online Morning Zen Meditation - Victoria Zen Centre

The Victoria Zen Centre would like to invite you to join Ven. Eshu ONLINE for morning meditation practice EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY from 6-6:45am(PST).

Using a fantastic web conferencing application from Adobe, all you have to do is click the link, and you are in the Zendo! Ven. Eshu will ring the bells, and all you have to do is sit, and enjoy the support of the online sangha.

Don't worry if you sleep in, or if you have to leave early to get ready for work, your comings and goings won't disturb anyone.

Be sure that you disable your screensaver, and shut off power saving options.

If you have any questions about connecting, please contact the Victoria Zen Centre .

For added effect of being in the zendo, at the Victoria Zen Centre we use gozan incense, by Shoyeido and you can too! It is available at fine stores in Victoria like Instinct on View Street, and Whirled Arts in Fantan Alley.

Just click this link, and join in the sitting!