Friday, December 11, 2015


 Victoria Shambhala Centre

Annual Winter Retreat: Befriending Ourselves, Befriending Our World

with Shastri Emerita Rebecca Hazell

December 27th—January 9th (2016)

Date details +
  • $275 per week Program Price
  • $300 per week Patron Price
  • $185 per week Reduced Price
  • Please see the "complete price details" and enter the amount you are paying
Room: 1st Floor Meditation Hall
Room: 1st Floor Meditation Hall
We are extending our annual winter retreat to two weeks, allowing more time to deepen our practice and to engage with the Shambhala Buddhist ​teachings more fully. This year we will explore how ​to befriend ourselves and others through precise mindfulness and insightful awareness, not only when meditating but also within daily life. ​In this way we can open our hearts fully to the beautiful, painful, brilliance of this world​. This open heart ​of compassion ​is the foundation ​of enlightened society.
The retreat will include short talks, discussion groups, contemplative lunches, and plenty of time to let your mind rest.
Prerequisites: None—everyone is welcome
Dates and times: Daily from Sunday, December 27 through Saturday, January 9, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM. We welcome you to join us for the entire two weeks, for one week, or for one or more full days. (Please, no partial days.)
Complete price details: We are unable to offer our usual Generosity Policy for this program. If the “program price” is an obstacle for you, please consider paying the “reduced price”. If you are unable to afford the reduced price, please contact Chris Bauman at as soon as possible. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full program price.
  • Program price: $275 per week; $45 per day
  • Patron price: $300 per week; $55 per day
  • Reduced price (limited space available): $185 per week; $30 per day
Questions? Please contact Chris Bauman at, or Joyce Rankin at

Friday, October 02, 2015


Zen practice helps us to become intimate with ourselves, and through this, with the world at large. Few joys are greater than practicing this with others. Peter Levitt

Zen Meditation and Study Retreat

This retreat combines seated and walking meditation, dharma talks, and study of zen texts and the self in traditional and creative ways.

Thurs night: 7 9 PM; Friday and Saturday 9-5 PM; Sunday 9 1:30PM

Led by Eihei Peter Levitt
Sponsored by Salt Spring Zen Circle

7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22 - 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 25, 2015.
Salt Spring Centre of Yoga

 $120 - $150 (sliding scale)
Billeting provided on First Come First Served basis.

Donations for teachings gratefully accepted.
 For Beginning and Experienced Meditators alike.

Information and Registration:

Contact Judith Daylen, 250-537-2062,

Friday, August 21, 2015

We are excited to let you know that Changling Rinpoche will be giving teachings in North America during September and October 2015.

The following schedule and topic information is current as of August 17. More information, including additional contact and registration details, will be sent as it becomes available and minor changes to the schedule may still occur. You can also see updates on our website at Lotus Speech Canada: Programs.

Vancouver, British Columbia
September 18 and 19. Teachings on The Heart Sutra.
Restricted to those with at least one empowerment.
Information and Registration: Etta Rosso

September 20. Topic TBA.
Restricted to Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners.
Location: Vancouver Shambhala Centre

Coombs, British Columbia
September 22 to 24, evenings. Teachings on Khenpo Gangshar’s Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet.
Location: Kathok Centre
Information and Registration: Kathok Centre Events

Victoria, British Columbia
September 25 to 26. Teachings on Jigme Lingpa’s Aspiration of Ground, Path and Fruition.
Restricted to those with at least one empowerment and completion of at least one sadhana practice.
Location: Church of Truth
Information and Registration: Sandy Melnyk or Brian Menzies

Sunday, August 16, 2015

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015


Salt Spring Zen Circle, which practices in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, author of the classic Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, will be offering our annual Spring Retreat, called sesshin, at the beautiful Gatehouse and gardens of Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. The retreat begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 23rd, 
and ends at 3:00 PM on Sunday, April 26th.

Beginning and experienced meditators are most welcome to attend. We encourage participants to maximize the benefits of this sesshin by making this a residential retreat at Stowel Lake Farm. In addition, a limited number of free billets are available for off island participants who would like to stay with sangha members.

Known for his warmth, humour, clarity and the depth of his teachings, poet and founding teacher of Salt Spring Zen Circle, Eihei Peter Levitt, will guide this traditional Zen retreat. Award-winning author of fourteen books of poetry and prose, he also served as Editor of Thich Nhat Hanh's The Heart of Understanding; was Associate Editor of the Zen classic, The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Shobo Genzo (Shambhala, 2010), and coeditor, with Kazuaki Tanahashi, of The Essential Dogen: Writings of the Great Zen Master.
In keeping with our tradition of offering authentic practice for the least possible fee, the cost of the retreat is $150 - $180 (sliding scale) for the entire sesshin, including all eight meals, plus voluntary dana (donation) for the practice and teachings Peter will provide. The cost of accommodation at the farm is separate. More information about this sesshin, accommodations at the farm, or billeting can be obtained by contacting our Registrar. Please see below.  

We encourage those who want to make this a residential retreat, and off-island visitors who may want billeting, to register early since such accommodations are provided on a first come first served basis.

For details and/or to register online, please go to our website at If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar, Ann Colburn, at