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2016/05/25 VIMS Council AGM Minutes

Victoria Insight Meditation Society (VIMS)

 Annual General Meeting

Minutes

Thursday May 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Agenda Items:

  1. Call to order

7:00pm

  1. Establish Quorum (minimum 3 members per VIMS’ bylaws)

Council: Brock Brown, Brian Chapel, Rhonda Duncan, June Fukushima, Sandra Joy, Bruce MacRae

Members: Joan Glover, John Hilditch, Rod House

Guests: Shelly Hilditch, Isabelle House

Absent with regrets: Joyce Elliot

  1. Approve Agenda

Motion from Joan to approve.
Seconded by Brock.
Carried.

  1. Approve Minutes from May 21st, 2015 AGM

Motion from John to approve.
Seconded by June.
Carried.

(Bruce to modify the website to indicate that the 2015 AGM minutes are approved)

  1. Financial Statement for January to December 2015

June Fukushima was the Treasurer in 2015 and Wei Wu the Bookkeeper.

Thanks to both June and Wei for their efficient oversight of VIMS finances.

Account balances as of 2016-01-01

Chequing Account:             $2,392.13

Savings Account:                $3,752.78

TOTAL:                                   $6,144.91

The 2015 financial statement will be posted on the website.

  1. Review of Financial Records

John Hilditch did a review (random sampling) of the Victoria IMS financial records and found everything to be in order.

Motion from Sandra to accept the financial records including the financial statement (point 5above).

Seconded by Bruce.

Carried.

  1. Determine if audit is required

Motion from John that no audit will be required.
Seconded by Sandra
Carried.

  1. Directors’ reports

The reports were pre-circulated to the members of VIMS.

Motion from June to accept the reports.

Seconded by Joan.

Carried.

June made a special acknowledgement of the enormous effort given by Isy to organizing the retreat scheduling and staffing, and to producing the associated roles and responsibilities documentation.

  1. Determine annual membership dues

It was noted that according to current Victoria IMS policy we do not have membership dues.  This policy will continue to be in effect.

  1. Election of officers 

Brock offered thanks to everyone who worked on the council in 2015: “I would like to thank all members of the council for their time and efforts. Rod stepped onto council in a temporary capacity in April, 2015 and provided support and guidance for council through October 2015 during my absence. Rod is officially retiring from council I would like to express heartfelt thanks for all he managed to accomplish during this time”.

Rhonda Duncan was invited to attend our December council meeting with a view to possibly joining council.  She officially joined council as a director in January 2016.

All current directors were willing to stand for another year.

Call for other nominations.

None.

Motion from Brock that officers acclaimed on slate presented:

Brock Brown                         – Chair

Bruce MacRae         – Vice-Chair

June Fukushima     – Treasurer

Sandra Joy                – Secretary

Brian Chapel                        – Director (Registrar)

Rhonda Duncan      – Director

Seconded by Brian.

Carried.

  1. Retirement of Directors

As mentioned above, Rod House is now retired from council.

  1. Adjournment

Motion from Brock to Adjourn.

Carried – 7:35pm.

 

2017/07/20 VIMS Council Minutes

VIMS Council Meeting Minutes (approved)

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Brian’s home

Present:

Brock, June, Sandra, Bruce, Brian

Absent with Regrets:

Rhonda.

Agenda Items:

  1. Review and Approve Council Meeting Agenda:

An addition (point 3 last item) to the distributed agenda was proposed to address the planning of the Victoria IMS Social. Motion from Sandra to approve the modified agenda. Carried.

  1. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (May 11th, 2017):

There were no changes to the distributed draft minutes from the May council meeting.  Motion from June to approve the minutes.  Carried.

  1. Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:
  • Ayya Medhanandi retreat update (May 27/28): There were 62 participants over the two days. Good feedback was received after the retreat and Ayya has agreed to return to Victoria in 2019. Thanks to all those who supported this retreat: Coordinators: June Fukushima and Brock Brown; Co-managers: Rhonda Duncan and Lise Bernard; Registrar: Sheila Whincup; Sound: Bruce McRae and Metta Vandervliet.
  • Victoria IMS total retreat participants between January and May 2017 was 226.
  • Victoria IMS Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on May 25, 2017. Draft minutes have been prepared and reviewed by Council. After some minor edits the minutes will be distributed to all founding members and redistributed to Council.
  • The annual Society fee has been paid.
  • The annual Victoria IMS social will be on the 27th October, 2017 and the Garry Oak room at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Centre has been reserved. Thanks to Isy and Rod House for agreeing to plan and support this event again this year.
  1. Finances:
  • June reported on the May-June financials (report was distributed to council members prior to the meeting).

Account Balances as of June 1st, 2017:

Chequing:         $5,784.16

Savings:           $6,771.51

TOTAL:            $12,555.67

Account Balances as of July 1st, 2017:

Chequing:         $3,658.51

Savings:           $6,772.90

TOTAL:            $10,431.41

Motion from June to receive the May-June 2017 financial report. Carried.

  1. Bylaws and Constitution:
  • The Council will start reviewing this. June motioned that we amend our constitution to be in line with the new Societies Act regulations. Carried.
  • The current Victoria IMS Constitution is shown below in italics text. The changes agreed to at the Council meeting, in accordance with the example from the new Societies Act Transition guide are:
    • Items 1 and 2 of the existing Victoria IMS Constitution will become the new Constitution;
    • Items 3, 4 and 5 of the existing Victoria IMS Constitution will be added to the new Victoria IMS By-laws together with the following statement after each item: “This provision was previously unalterable” (this statement will replace the current statement which reads “This provision is unalterable”).
  1. The name of the Society is Victoria Insight Meditation Society
  2. The purposes of the Society are:
  3. To promote Buddhist teachings and meditation practices as taught in, but not limited to Theravada Buddhism.
  4. To provide access to the practice and study of the dhamma, the Buddha’s teachings.
  5. To facilitate the growth and sustenance of a sangha, the community of Buddhist practitioners.
  6. to promote the cultivation of insight, generosity and kindness in order to awaken heart and mind and to foster the possibility of freedom from suffering for all.
  7. to encourage a personal meditation practice and the embodiment of the dhamma in daily life.
  8. to do those things incidental and necessary to promote and attain the foregoing purposes, which shall include but not be restricted to the promotion, organisation and conduct of Buddhist meditation retreats, instruction, study and practice groups in British Columbia, primarily in the Greater Victoria regional district.
  9. Upon winding up or dissolution of the Society, the assets, which remain after payment of all cost, charges, and expenses which are properly incurred in the winding up shall be distributed to a registered charity or registered charities as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada), as may be determined by the members of the Society at the time of winding up or dissolution. This provision is unalterable.
  10. The above purposes of the Society shall be carried out without purpose of gain for its members, and any profits or other accretions to the Society shall be used for promoting its purposes, and all the above purposes shall be carried on in an exclusively charitable manner. This provision is unalterable.
  11. No Director or Officer shall be remunerated for being or acting as a Director or Officer, but a Director or Officer may be reimbursed for all expenses necessarily and reasonably incurred by him or her while engaged in the affairs of the Society. This provision is unalterable.
  1. Sunday Night Community Sit:
    • Margo has suggested doing a Solstice evening at the Yoga Studio on Friday evening December 22nd between 7 and 9pm. Sandra will speak to Margo about the logistics related to this evening.
    • Brock gave Council an update on changes to the format and management of the Sunday Night Community Sit for 2018. The first six months of 2018 are already scheduled and Brock and Sandra will be the primary coordinators for this program in 2018.
  2. Communications:
    • Website: A meeting was held on April 22nd to discuss potential changes to our website.  As a result of this June created a Google Doc for us to log the various changes we would like to see.  To date there has been no further activity on this item.
  3. 2017 Programs/Retreat Operations:
    • If a retreat coordinator is not on Council we need to assign a dedicated council member to liaise with that coordinator in the time leading up to the retreat: Bruce is confirmed as the council liaison for Adrianne Ross’s retreat and Brock for Steve Armstrong’s retreat.
    • Council had an initial discussion on a suggestion made by a participant of Tuere Sala’s retreat in April. The suggestion: at the start of our retreats, we include an acknowledgement of being on First Nations territory. The discussion will be ongoing.
    • Upcoming retreats/events:
      • Aug 19/20 – Ajaan Geoff – registration opens July 24, 2017
      • Sep 16/17 – Adrianne Ross – registration opens Aug 21, 2017
      • Oct 14/15 – Steve Armstrong – registration opens Sep 18, 2017
      • Nov 11 – Brock Brown – registration opens Oct 16, 2017
    • Retreats completed:
      • January 21/22 – Heather Martin
      • February 19 – Margo McLoughlin
      • March 18/19 – Howard Cohn
      • April 30 – Tuere Sala
      • May 27/28 – Ayya Medhanandi
  1. 2018 Programs:
  • January 20/21 – Heather – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • February 23 – Margo McLoughlin – confirmed – evening talk – Goward House reserved
  • February 24/25 – Margo McLoughlin – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • March 31/April 1 – Pascal Auclair – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • May 26/27 – Susie Harrington – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • June 23/24 – Ajahn Viradhammo – likely – UVic conference room reserved
  • September 15/16 – Brock Brown – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • October 13/14 – Christina Feldman – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • Nov 10/11 – Carol Wilson – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  1.  Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Next Meeting

September 14th, 2017
7:00-9:30p.m.

Sandra’s home

2017/05/11 VIMS Council minutes

VIMS Council Meeting Minutes (approved)

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Sandra’s home

Present:

Brock, June, Sandra, Bruce, Rhonda, Brian

Absent with Regrets:

None.

Agenda Items:

  1. Review and Approve Council Meeting Agenda:

An addition (point 3 last item) to the distributed agenda was proposed to acknowledge the invitation Victoria IMS received to participate in the BC Buddhist Vesak Festival 2017 in Vancouver. Motion from Sandra to approve the modified agenda. Carried.

  1. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (March 16th, 2017):

There were no changes to the distributed draft minutes from the March council meeting.  Motion from June to approve the minutes.  Carried.

  1. Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:
  • Howie Cohn public talk and retreat updates (March 17/18/19): The public talk on Friday night had 50 attendees. The first day of the retreat (Saturday) had 76 attendees and Sunday there were 69.  Howie’s retreat was much appreciated by all. Thanks to all those who supported this retreat: Coordinator: Brock Brown; Co-managers: Naseem Janmohamed, Brock Brown (day 1) and Joyce Elliott (day 2); Registrar: Joanna Stonechapel; Sound: Bruce MacRae; Hospitality: June Fukushima and Brock Brown.
  • Tuere Sala retreat update (April 30): 62 people attended this one day retreat. Victoria IMS received positive feedback from retreatants. It was especially noted and appreciated that the teacher was a person of colour. Thanks to all those who supported this retreat: Coordinator: Brock Brown; Co-managers: June Fukushima and and Candace Sauve; Sound: Bruce MacRae; Hospitality: Margo McLoughlin.

It was suggested during the meeting that we might like to invite Tuere to conduct a retreat again in 2019 and perhaps to facilitate a Sunday Night Community Sit in 2018.

  • Goward House: Goward House’s relationship with the Saanich Municipality will be changing. It was proposed at the Saanich Council meeting of 27 March, 2017 that the current lease agreement between the Goward House Society and the Saanich Municipality be amended to a facility-use agreement. This would transfer responsibility for maintenance, utilities and major repair expenses to the municipality while allowing municipal use of the facility and grounds after regular operating hours. It is not yet know when this change will take effect or how it will impact Victoria IMS.  We will in the meantime continue to maintain our good relationship with Goward House.
  • A new headset microphone was used at Tuere’s retreat. It worked well. Brock made the purchase from Long & McQuade – cost $193.21 – and was reimbursed for the expenditure. Thank you Brock!
  • Acting on the decision made at the March council meeting, a series of post-dated cheques were given to Helga Beer for the rental of the yoga studio for the Sunday Night Community Sit. The cheques cover the period up to and including September 2017.
  • Following on from the March council meeting discussion of changes to the delivery of Coast Capital statements, June ascertained that with the type of bank accounts we have, we are eligible to continue receiving the mailed statements at no charge. Thank you June!
  • Status of the gender inclusive signs for the washrooms at the yoga studio: Helga is going to talk to the owners (group of accountants) after tax season to remind them about the proposed changes to the signs.
  • Victoria IMS received an invitation through Rhonda to participate in the BC Buddhist Vesak Festival 2017 in Vancouver on May 28th. We are unable to send representation at this time so Rhonda will mail some copies of our October 2016 newsletter to the organizers and they will be appropriately displayed at the festival. Thanks to Rhonda and Sandra for facilitating this!
  1. Finances:
  • June reported on the March-April financials (report was distributed to council members prior to the meeting). We are currently in a positive financial position.

Account Balances as of April 1st, 2017:

Chequing:         $1,982.56

Savings:           $6,768.68

TOTAL:            $8,751.24

Account Balances as of May 1st, 2017:

Chequing:         $1,993.16

Savings:           $6,770.07

TOTAL:            $8,763.23

Motion from June to receive the March-April 2017 financial report. Carried.

  1. AGM:
  • The Victoria IMS Annual General Meeting is set for May 25th at 6:00pm. It will be held at June and Brock’s home.
  • All year-end reports have been received from the various areas of responsibility.
  1. Council composition for 2017/2018:
    • All current council members have agreed to return for the 2017/2018 year. Sandra gave her apologies as she is now unable to attend the AGM.
  2. Sunday Night Community Sit:
    • It has been proposed that in 2018 we modify the model we currently use for the Sunday Night Community Sit. The reason for the change is that the current model is not sustainable with the volunteer base we have. Brock, in discussion with June and Sandra who currently coordinate the scheduling of Sunday evenings, has proposed that we add more teaching evenings with a continuity of topic presentation. This will have some impact on VIMS dana as dana offered on these evenings will go to the teacher. The current roles of operations and facilitation will be combined and the facilitator (teacher or sangha member) will set up and close the space in addition to leading the evening.  This will reduce the number of volunteers required to run Sunday evenings. We would try this model for 2018 and review its viability towards the end of the year. Due to Brock’s planned involvement in the teaching component both he and June declared a conflict of interest and prepared themselves to leave the meeting and abstained from voting on this motion. Council asked that they stay for the discussion. Bruce motioned that VIMS would cover the rent for 12 additional teaching spots in 2018 where the dana offered would go to the teacher.  Brock and June abstained. Carried by the other council members.
  3. Communications:
    • Website: A further meeting was held on April 22nd to discuss potential changes to our website.  This discussion is ongoing.
  4. 2017 Programs/Retreat Operations:
    • If a retreat coordinator is not on Council we need to assign a dedicated council member to liaise with that coordinator in the time leading up to the retreat to ensure that all aspects of the teacher’s visit and the retreat administration are covered and any issues brought to the attention of Council. As well, the council member will be available for questions and issues that arise at the retreat. For the remaining 2017 retreats Bruce has offered to be the council liaison for Adrianne Ross’s retreat and Brock has offered to be the council liaison for Steve Armstrong’s retreat.
    • Subsequent to Tuere Sala’s retreat we received a suggestion from one of the participants that, at the start of our retreats, we include an acknowledgement of being on First Nations territory. Council will give consideration to the suggestion.
    • Upcoming retreats/events:
      • May 27/28 – Ayya Medhanandi – registration opened May 1, 2017
      • Aug 19/20 – Ajaan Geoff – registration opens July 24, 2017
      • Sep 16/17 – Adrianne Ross – registration opens Aug 21, 2017
      • Oct 14/15 – Steve Armstrong – registration opens Sep 18, 2017
      • Nov 26 – Brock Brown – registration opens Oct 30, 2017
    • Retreats completed:
      • January 21/22 – Heather Martin
      • February 19 – Margo McLoughlin
      • March 18/19 – Howard Cohn
      • April 30 – Tuere Sala
  1. 2018 Programs:
  • January 20/21 – Heather – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • February 24/25 – Margo McLoughlin – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • March 31/April 1 – Pascal Auclair – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • May 26/27 – Susie Harrington – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • June 23/24 – Ajahn Viradhammo – likely – UVic conference room reserved
  • July/August – teacher TBD
  • September 15/16 – Brock Brown – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • October 13/14 – Christina Feldman – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • Nov 10/11 – Carol Wilson – confirmed – Goward House reserved

Margo will give a public talk on February 23rd, the evening before her retreat. Goward House has been reserved for this.

  1. Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Next Meeting

July 20th, 2017
7:00-9:30p.m.

Brian’s home.

2017/03/16 VIMS Council Minutes

VIMS Council Meeting Minutes (approved)

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

June and Brock’s home

Present:

Brock, June, Sandra, Bruce, Rhonda

Absent with Regrets:

Brian.

Agenda Items:

  1. Review and Approve Council Meeting Agenda:

Motion from June to approve the agenda.  Carried.

  1. Approve Minutes of Previous Meeting (January 19th, 2017):

There were no changes to the distributed draft minutes from the January council meeting.  Motion from Bruce to approve the minutes.  Carried.

  1. Business arising from the Minutes and Updates:
  • Heather’s retreat update (January 21st/22nd): 82 people attended on Saturday and 59 on Sunday. The retreat was well received. A participant sent feedback saying that they expected more periods of silence. Council agreed that we need to review how we present our retreats in our communications in terms of the use of the word ‘silent’. We also need to review our web information for new students to ensure that we are fully explaining the meaning of ‘silent’ in the context of retreats. Sandra offered to do the new student information review.
  • Margo’s retreat update (February 19th): 42 people attended. The retreat was well received and we had good feedback.
  1. Finances:
  • June presented highlights of Wei’s financial report emailed to Council prior to the meeting, which included both January and February 2017 information as there was no council meeting in February.

Account Balances as of February 1st, 2017:

Chequing:         $4,158.31

Savings:           $6,765.94

TOTAL:            $10,924.25

Account Balances as of March 1st, 2017:

Chequing:         $4,141.84

Savings:           $6,767.24

TOTAL:            $10,909.08

Motion from June to receive the January-February 2017 financial report. Carried.

  • Constant Contact Annual Plan payment: this was made by Rod and Victoria IMS will reimburse him in March.
  • Victoria IMS annual event insurance payment has been made.
  • A scholarship application was received, reviewed and granted. This was to support the applicant attending a residential retreat being sponsored by BCIMS. The funds were sent to BCIMS.
  • Post dated cheques for Helga Beer for the rental of the yoga studio (Sunday Night Community Sit): currently we are paying Helga on a monthly basis and a suggestion was brought forward to give Helga post-dated cheques for six months. This will ease the administration for both Victoria IMS and Helga.  Motion from Brock to implement the suggestion.
  • Bank statements from Coast Capital: we received a notice from Coast Capital regarding pending changes to products and services. There will potentially be an annual charge of $24.00 to continue receiving the statements in paper form (otherwise they will be available electronically). There is currently no charge for the paper statements.  If there is a fee involved in the future (June will investigate what is/is not included in the type of account we have) Council felt that it might be in Victoria IMS’ best interest to continue to have paper records for historical reference.  We agreed that Victoria IMS would pay for the cost of statements to be mailed.  Motion from Rhonda for June as our financial representative to proceed with the matter. Carried.
  1. Communications:  
  • Website:

Council continued discussing options for improving our website through a number of suggestions at the meeting. We will arrange a special council meeting specifically to talk about the website in April (tentatively the 22nd).

Thanks to June for investigating sample websites for our review and for putting together a mock-up of a potential new ‘look’.

  • Year-end Reports:

A reminder to Council on the development of the various year-end reports for the AGM in May.  Reports should be completed and distributed by April 15th. Reporting responsibility:

  • Report from the Chair – Brock
  • Finance – June
  • Retreat Statistics and Volunteers – Rhonda
  • Communications – Bruce, Rod and June (Constant Contact)
  • Sunday Night Sit – Margo, Sandra and June
  • Special Events – Brock
  • 2017 AGM: A provisional date of May 25th, 2017 was set for the AGM.  Brock will contact all members re date suitability.
  1. Changes to the Societies Act:
    • Changes to the Societies Act came into effect on November 28th, 2016. We have until November 28th, 2018 to make the required changes to the Victoria IMS constitution and by-laws. During this time we will need to follow the new rules. Once we have made the changes to our constitution and by-laws they will need to be approved by members.  It was suggested that we could aim to have the changes done for the AGM in 2018 and have members vote on them at that time.
  2. Sunday Sit:
    • Gender inclusive washroom signs at the yoga studio: Brock met with Helga to discuss the possibility of changing the current signs to ones that include all genders. Helga thought it was a good idea and has met with the owners of the building to discuss the matter.  Helga has indicated that there will be new signs for the washrooms although there is no timeline as yet for implementing this.

 

  1. 2017 Programs/Retreat Operations:

 

  • If a retreat coordinator is not on Council we need to assign a dedicated council member to liaise with that coordinator in the time leading up to the retreat to ensure that all aspects of the teacher’s visit and the retreat administration are covered and any issues brought to the attention of Council. For the remaining 2017 retreats we will need a council contact for Adrianne Ross’s retreat and for Steve Armstrong’s.This will be discussed further at the next meeting.
  • Upcoming retreats/events:
    • March 17 – Howard Cohn public talk at Goward House
    • March 18/19 – Howard Cohn – registration opens Feb 20, 2017
    • April 30 – Tuere Sala – registration opens April 3, 2017
    • May 27/28 – Ayya Medhanandi – registration opens May 1, 2017
    • Aug 19/20 – Ajaan Geoff – registration opens July 24, 2017
    • Sep 16/17 – Adrianne Ross – registration opens Aug 21, 2017
    • Oct 14/15 – Steve Armstrong – registration opens Sep 18, 2017
    • Nov 26 – Brock Brown – registration opens Oct 30, 2017
  • Retreats completed:
    • January 21/22 – Heather Martin
    • February 19 – Margo McLoughlin

 

  1. 2018 Programs:
  • January 20/21 – Heather – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • February – Margo – dates to be confirmed
  • March 31/April 1 – Pascal Auclair – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • May 26/27 – Susie Harrington – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • June 23/24 – Ajahn Viradhammo – likely – UVic conference room reserved
  • July/August – teacher TBD
  • September – Brock dates to be confirmed
  • October 13/14 – Christina Feldman – confirmed – Goward House reserved
  • Nov 10/11 – Carol Wilson – confirmed – Goward House reserved

 

Either Brock or Margo may facilitate a two day retreat rather than a one day.

  1. Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Next Meeting

May 11th, 2017
7:00-9:30p.m.

Sandra’s home

2017/09/16 Adrianne Ross Audio Files

On August 16th and 17th of 2017 Adrianne Ross presented a non-residential weekend retreat at Goward House in Victoria. The title of the retreat was “Loving Kindness and Compassion”.
The retreat was recorded and the resulting audio files follow.

Retreat audio files day one

Retreat audio files day two

2017/09/17 Adrianne Ross audio files

DAY TWO

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a weekend retreat presented by Adrianne Ross. The retreat was entitled “Loving Kindness and Compassion.

 

2017/09/16 Adrianne Ross Audio files

DAY ONE

The following files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a weekend retreat presented by Adrianne Ross. The retreat was entitled “Loving Kindness and Compassion.

 

2017/11/11 Brock Brown One Day Retreat

Joy on the Path
~A Daylong Retreat with Brock Brown~

Saturday, Nov. 11 2017
9:00am – 4:30pm
Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Rd, Victoria, BC.
Registration open: register

“No dark fate determines our future. We do.
Each day and each moment, we are able to create and re-create our lives
 and the very quality of human life on our planet. This is the power we yield.”
The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
The Buddha taught about the suffering we encounter in our human lives, and he taught about joy. In fact he taught that joy is an essential factor in our Awakening. In this daylong we will investigate the Buddha’s teachings on joy on the path. We will see if there is a joy that we can experience which is independent of our external circumstances.
The day will be experiential, with periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction, guided meditation, and chanting.
This daylong is appropriate for both beginner and experienced meditators.

Brock Brown is a founding member and chair of the Victoria Insight Meditation Society where he teaches and leads meditation retreats. He has been dedicated to the study and practice of the Buddha’s teachings for the past 28 years, and is inspired by the Thai Forest Tradition. He is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program.

2017/08/19 Ajaan Geoff Audio Files

The following audio files were recorded at Goward House in Victoria during a non-residential week-end retreat presented by Ajaan Geoff on the 19th and 20th of August, 2017. The topic of these talks is “The Eight Fold Path”.

Study notes for these talks are here.

 

2017/10/27 VIMS Social/Pot-luck

VIMS SOCIAL – FOOD, FUN, FELLOWSHIP
Date: Friday, October 27 /17
Time: Doors open at 6pm
Potluck dinner served at 6:30 pm.
Entertainment around 7:15 pm.
 
Location: Garry Oak Room. Entrance and parking lot at 1335 Thurlow Street.
 
Food: Bring a food dish to share with others.
 
Please bring your own dishes and cutlery; there will be limited compostable dinner ware available. 
 
Entertainment: Sangha members are invited to share their talents. Sign up available on the night,
Please  limit time to about 10 minutes.
 
Family members, including children are welcome. Come enjoy an evening with old friends and make some new ones!