Friday, July 23, 2010

Write For Queenswood

Letters of support from the many friends of Queenswood are appreciated by Friday, August 6 and emailed to

The Queenswood Centre has been recently sold to the University of Victoria and the Queenswood Centre will close October 3, 2010.

In the coming weeks, Sister Eileen Curteis intends to meet with pivotal figures in the university administration. At this time, she hopes to explore possibilities for partnership with UVic and would like to present letters of support from the many friends of Queenswood. Please write emails that speak to the centre's unique and transformative character. More specifically, the hope is that these letters will express (a) how important Queenswood is to you and (b) your inspiration to see an enhanced Queenswood continue in partnership with the University of Victoria

Letters can be addressed to:

David H. Turpin, CM, PhD, FRSC
President and Vice-Chancellor

Office of the President
University of Victoria
Administrative Services Building, A220
PO Box 1700 STN CSC

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Two Day Spiritual Retreat in Duncan

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Sun Lotus Art House in Duncan has generously offered their beautiful facility for us to host a Two Day Spiritual Retreat with Seven Tibetan Buddhist Teachers and one Chanting Master. The event will include the program, meals, and camping facilities. We encourage you to come to relax, rejuvenate, and reflect on the nature of life during this amazing Spiritual Retreat with these authentic, experienced teachers from Tibet (and one from Bhutan).


  • Tsengdok Rinpoche, Gelug lineage, will present Buddha’s first teaching on the nature of existence (Denpa Shi).
  • Lama Tenzin Tsondue, Rime lineage, will teach about the art and symbolism of Mandalas (kyilkor).
  • Lama Jampa Tenzin, Sakya lineage, will teach on immeasurable love, compassion, joy, and equanimity (Tsadme Shi).
  • Lobpon Sang Ngak Yeshi, Duk-Nyingma lineage, will lead ceremonial purification offerings (bSangSol).
  • Lama Rabten, Kagyu lineage, will teach the four ways to change the mind (Lodok Nampashi)
  • Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje, Nyingma lineage, will teach the eight verses on training the mind (Lojong Tsiggyad).
  • Geshe Yongdong, Bon lineage, will teach about the spiritual and elemental threads of prayer flags (rungta)
  • U-dzad Sopa Gyatso, Gelug lineage, is an authentic chant master and will lead us in prayers.

August 28th 11:30 am to 29th 5:00 p.m.

Sun Lotus Art House 5070 Culverton Rd Duncan, B.C. V9L 6H4

Anyone interested in joining the spiritual retreat!

Retreat program

$125 per person includes the full program, meals, and camping facilities.
Each participant will also have a 1 in 10 chance to win a limited edition Coco Jones print worth $200

contact Pema at to register. You can also register at any of our teachers’ centres. Register early as space is limited.

To find out more about this retreat email Pema

Hosted by the Tibet Cultural Society of Vancouver Island

Monday, July 12, 2010

Victoria Vipassana Community Weekly Sit

The Victoria Vipassana Community meets for a community meditation every Sunday from 7:00-9:00 pm. at the Lynn Wylie Yoga Studio. This includes 45 min. of silent meditation followed by taped Dharma talks, discussion or occasional guest speakers. We welcome everyone whatever their faith gender, race, abilities, sexual orientation, age or ability to pay.

Our intention is to have a central place to gather and practice in order to support our growing community. We invite you to pass this announcement on to others who may be interested.

The Victoria Vipassana Community Sits will continue over the Summer.

Lynn Wylie Yoga Studio, #202 – 1600 Bay Street (Shakespeare St. entrance)

Day and Time: Sundays 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

We will start with a 45 minute sit followed by a taped talk or a speaker with time to share or reflect.

Cost: By donation (to cover rental of yoga studio and dana for the occasional guest speaker)

Additional Details: There are chairs, yoga mats, bolsters and blankets for our use, but feel free to bring your own sitting gear.

Please contact Brock Brown for more information.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Metta Retreat for New and Experienced Meditators

Victoria Vipassana Community
2-day Non Residential Weekend
Metta Retreat for New and Experienced Meditators
August 14 and 15, 2010
with Heather Martin
at Queenswood, 2494 Arbutus Rd., Victoria, BC

Registration form for the retreat

This non-residential weekend retreat is being offered for those new to and to those familiar with meditation practice. The focus will be on Metta or “loving kindness”. Metta practice cultivates interpersonal harmony and opens the heart unconditionally.

We will meet from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm each day at Queenswood, 2494 Arbutus Rd., Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15, 2010.

Retreat Details:
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