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Spirit Dance Centre for Spiritual Ecology is a charitable multi-faith organization whose goals include promoting inter-faith understanding, respect for the planet, compassion for all beings, and ethical and spiritual values.

Our past events include Medicine Ways: World Healing Ceremonies with Tibetans and First Nations. We also brought Tibetan Geshe Gendün Yonten to Williams Lake during February 2005 to teach a ten-day Lam Rim course as the first teaching of our Buddhist Studies Program. In 2007 we held a highly successful three-day Inter-faith event in Sechelt, B.C., bringing together Tibetan Lama Tenzin Tsundu with the Anglican priest Reverend Mark Lemon for a series of discussions and a beautiful combined spiritual service.

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Buddhist Teachings with Lama Tsundu Lama Tenzin Tsundu

Ongoing Buddhist teachings with Tibetan Lama Tenzin Tsundu take place regularly in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. Classes are ongoing from October 2016 through June 2017.

Lama Tsundu has recently returned from India. Classes will resume in Sechelt on Sunday, April 2nd. For the time being there will not be any classes in Gibsons because the Gibsons United Church has been sold. We may find another Gibsons venue at some time in the future. If you would like to receive emails on the dates and locations of upcoming teachings, please sign up for our newsletter using the box below.

SECHELT TEACHINGS
Weekly classes take place every Sunday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm at the Sechelt Art Centre on the corner of Trail and Medusa.

Please note: There will be NO CLASS on Sunday, April 23rd, as the Art Centre is being used for another event.

Everyone is welcome. Entrance is by donation. Please check here before attending in case of last minute changes or class cancellations.


Tibetan Resettlement Project

Tibetan woman in Arunachal Pradesh settlement At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Canadian government has committed to welcoming exiled Tibetan families to Canada over the next few years. Along with other local sponsors, Spirit Dance Centre has brought five Tibetan families and a single young man to resettle on the Sunshine Coast. We be bringing two more families here before the project ends at the end of 2016.

Have a look at our Updates on the Tibetan Families page to see how this project is progressing!

Please see our Information Sheet for more details and to find out how to become involved.

You can also donate toward this cause by clicking on the "Donate Now" button below and choosing "Tibetan Resettlement Fund" for your donation allocation.

 




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Tibetan Sand Mandala

Lama Tsundu with partially completed sand mandalaTibetan Lama Tenzin Tsundu will create a Sacred Sand Mandala of Green Tara, the female Buddha of Compassion, at Saint Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt from November 6 to November 12, 2016. Everyone is welcome and entrance is by donation.

This mandala creation serves the three-fold purpose of bringing blessings to the communities of the Sunshine Coast, making prayers for the peace and well-being of all sentient beings, and raising funds to help with medical expenses for Lama Tsundu's dear auntie who is currently in care in the US struggling with cancer.

A mandala is painstakingly made by placing grains of coloured sand in intricate traditional patterns, usually covering a circular area three to five feet in diameter. Depending on the size of the mandala, it may take five to ten days to complete.

When a mandala is completed there is a ceremony in which the sand is swept up into a pile to celebrate the impermanence of physical creations. Some of the sand is given to the people present at the ceremony and the rest is ceremonially taken to a nearby ocean or river where its blessings are dispersed to all the world.

Mandala Schedule

PLEASE NOTE
THE DATE & TIME OF THE MANDALA DISSOLUTION CEREMONY HAS BEEN CHANGED!
Here is the revised schedule:

November 6, 2:00 to 4:30 pm: Opening ceremony, beginning of mandala creation.
November 7 to 10, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Manadala creation open for public viewing.
November 11, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm: Manadala creation open for public viewing.
November 11, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Mandala dissolution and closing ceremony.


Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje

Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje In 2012 the Coast was blessed with Buddhist teachings from Ngakpa Kalzang Dorje. In the Tibetan tradition, a Ngakpa is a non-monastic tantric master or mystic yogi and Ngakpa Kalzang belongs to a rare lineage of this tradition. He is also a highly trained scholar and teacher and we are fortunate that he agreed to come to the Coast for what we hope was the first of many visits.

Generating Healthy Mind Through Meditation
Meditation is used to explore and gain insight into mental qualities. Through learning and practice, these qualities can become consciously engaged in our daily lives.

This two-day retreat was held in November 2012 in Halfmoon Bay, B.C. Ngakpa Kalzang is the Spiritual Teacher at Thubten Choling, a non-sectarian Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Duncan on Vancouver Island. His teachings focus on the mind, its role in every situation, and how breaking patterns and habits of mind is the way of change and the process of training the mind. You can read about him here.


MomoLuck!

A mini Tibetan festival and information session for the Sunshine Coast Tibetan Resettlement Project

Children in Tibetan settlement. Photo by Nima Dorjee.In 2013 we held a cultural event, information session and fundraiser, open to anyone interested in the Tibetan Resettlement Project. There were traditional and veggie Tibetan “momos” available for lunch, other Tibetan items for sale, a taste of Tibetan culture, a chance for current sponsors to share information about their preparations for the Tibetans’ arrival, and all the information a person could need for finding a way to become involved. Proceeds from this event went toward supporting Tibetan families to resettle on the Sunshine Coast.

(A traditional Tibetan momo is a meat dumpling often served with a spicy sauce. A veggie momo is like a cross between a perogy and spanakopita.)



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Mail: Spirit Dance Centre, 8050 Redrooffs Road, Halfmoon Bay, BC, V0N 1Y1
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Phone: (604) 885-3602
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