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2018/01/30 Awakening Joy Course

Awakening Joy
Five-month online course starts January 30, 2018
Taught by James Baraz
“I believe our task these days is to develop consciousness, love and caring in ourselves and help remind others of all the good inside and around them. I believe this motivates and empowers people to make this a better world. That is my vision and motivation for teaching this course.”

2018/02/24 Margo McLoughlin 2 Day Retreat

Illuminating the World, Befriending the Mind: Mindfulness and the Path of Practice
A two-day retreat with Margo McLoughlin
at Goward House,2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
February 24 – 25, 2017
Sat 9 – 4:30  –   Sun 9 – 4:00
Registration open. Register
A dedicated practice of mindfulness sharpens perception while also softening the heart. In this weekend retreat, we will deepen our understanding of mindful awareness through a careful examination of the first two factors of awakening – mindfulness (sati) and investigation (dhamma-vicaya). At the same time, we will review the foundations of practice and explore the importance of friendliness (metta) as we learn to befriend  our own minds.
A teacher, storyteller, and writer, Margo holds a Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School. In 2012, she completed her training as a Community Dharma Leader through Spirit Rock Meditation Centre.
Extra event at Goward House prior to retreat
On Friday, February 23rd, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Margo will present a storytelling program entitled “An Evening of Elephants: Reflections on Rebirth and Stories from the Buddhist Tradition.”
Margo has been translating and adapting the birth stories of the Buddha for the last twenty years. Her translations have been published in Insight Journal and Parabola Magazine. She has performed for a number of communities throughout the United States, including Seattle Insight, Insight Santa Cruz, San Francisco Insight, New York Insight and Insight Meditation Society.
This evening program is by donation. No advance registration is necessary. Children eight years old and older are welcome. Please come early to ensure a seat! 

2018/03/31 Pascal Auclair Weekend Retreat


Saturday 31 March and Sunday 01 April, 2018
Time: Saturday 
9 am – 4:30 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm.
Goward House, 2495 Arbutus Road, Victoria, BC.
Registration opens Mar 05, 2018

 Intimacy with the world, inner and outer, will be what we open to and cultivate during this retreat, inviting again and again a balance of heart and mind, friendliness and clarity. This sets the right conditions for wisdom and freedom to arise naturally. While sitting and walking with meditative presence and guidance from the teacher, we will discover for ourselves what is possible in this very life.

 Pascal Auclair has been immersed in Buddhist practice and study since 1997, sitting retreats in Asia and America with revered monastics and lay teachers. He has been mentored by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. Pascal teaches in North America and in Europe. He is a co­founder and Guiding Teacher at True North Insight. His depth of insight, classical training, and creative expression all combine in a wise and compassionate presence. In addition, his warmth and humour make Pascal a much appreciated teacher

Brock Brown Saturday Morning Meditation

Saturday Morning Sit-In led by Brock Brown

 The Sit-In takes place on first Saturday of the month from 9:00
a.m. to noon. There are three 45-minute periods of sitting meditation,
which start on the hour, alternating with 15-minute periods of walking
meditation. Stay for the whole morning or join us for just a sitting or two.
We begin all sittings on the hour, so feel free to slip in quietly a few minutes
before the hour during walking meditation.
Place: 4013 Magdelin St
For more Info email Brock

Dec 22 Solstice Ceremony

Come celebrate the return of the light on Friday, December 22nd as Community Dharma Leader Margo McLoughlin leads a Buddhist solstice ceremony at the Helga Beer/Lynn Wylie yoga studio from 7 – 9 p.m.

Expect candlelight, music, chanting, and readings from the Buddha’s teachings. Please bring a green bough if you are able to. 

For more information contact Margo here.