A Buddhist Perspective on Identity

How to let go of limiting perceptions about ourself 

We should know that we need to identify our own mind, our own body and our self correctly.  Since beginningless time our way of identifying our self has been mistaken. We believe that our self that we normally see is our self.  This belief is ignorance because our self that we normally see does not exist.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Who are we, really?  Is our identity primarily based on gender, age, family, religion, political views … or on something more enduring?  How can we cherish and respect people who identify themselves differently?

In this day course, Gen Zopa will explore how our identity is merely imputed by consciousness, and thus we can let go of limiting ideas about our self. Buddha taught many ways in which we can create an inspiring and liberating identity based on compassion for others and a deeper understanding of reality.

Everyone is welcome to this course.


Gen Kelsang Zopa is a Canadian Buddhist monk who has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path for over 25 years. He teaches throughout the Victoria region of Vancouver Island. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.

We are delighted to have Gen Zopa visiting us to teach this special course on May 6th.

  • When

    Saturday, May 6

    10:00am-11:15am Session 1
    Refreshment break
    11:45am-1:00pm Session 2
    Lunch break
    2:15pm-3:30pm Session 3

  • Where

    Derek Doubleday Arboretum
    21177 Fraser Highway
    Langley, BC
    V3A 4M6

  • How to get there

    The Arboretum is on the north side of the Fraser Highway, which is a divided highway at that point.

    There are two entrances but they’re not clearly marked.

    From Abbotsford (approaching from the east): the first entrance, on the right, has a small sign saying “Derek Doubleday Arboretum”. The second entrance, also on the right, is a few metres further on, just before the traffic lights.

    From Langley (approaching from the west): turn left at the Fraser Highway and 210a St traffic lights. There is a left lane filter at the lights. This left turning will take you straight into the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

  • Cost

    $45 Non-members

    $25 Members

    Cost includes a delicious vegetarian lunch and refreshments.

  • How to register

    Please register using the button below which will appear soon.

    Need help? Phone 604 853 3738 or email registrar@kmcfv.ca


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