Ongoing Classes in BC

Ongoing Classes are led by students of Lama Mark Webber who are authorized to teach throughout BC. 

Location: West End Vancouver

Dharma sessions in West Vancouver will resume with focus on the guide prepared by Lama Mark Webber 'The Mahamudra and the Five-fold Mahamudra'.

Classes will be led by Helen Foster. Understanding the View is an essential component of successful meditation. We will include question and discussion to develop clarity and wisdom and on how we can develop kindness and compassion.


This Practice and Study session will begin again on Tuesday, February 7th at 2:pm to 4 p.m @ Barrie Painter's home. For 10 weeks until April 11th. 


Note Please let Saskia know your coming & bring a sitting cushion. If you live on Bowen or Galiano we welcome you to attend on a drop-in basis. Saskia: 604 926 7398 or


Location: North Vancouver

Please join us on Saturday February 4th & 18th; March 4th; April 1, 15, 29; from noon to 5 p.m.  We will come together to review the practice of The Sun & Moon Amulet for the cultivation of Bodhicitta, also as a pranayama/Guru yoga exploration. Our main practice will be Tonglen, a transformational practice for the development of Loving Kindness and Compassion. This is a relaxed and friendly gathering with time to meditate together, discuss our Dharma practice and share some lunch and tea.


Classes will be led by Helen Foster.


"Our conditioned response to negativity is usually to either reflect it back or recoil from it. Using awareness of breath we train ourselves to transform negativity by recognising it's empty nature and to respond with an open heart. This is a practice for world peace and healing."


Note Please let Saskia know your coming & bring a sitting cushion & Lunch for the Saturday practice. If you live on Bowen or Galiano we welcome you to attend on a drop-in basis. Saskia: 604 926 7398 or


Location: Bowen Island

The Bowen Island Dharma Group is currently practising The Preliminary Liberating Instructions in the Drikung Yangzab Tradition. This is a full completion Atti Yoga cycle that includes; 9 Bellows Breath, Refuge Bodhicitta and prostrations, Vajrasattva, Mandala offerings, Guru Yoga, and Dzogchen. 


Classes will be led by Helen Foster.


The classes are held on an on-going basis Thursday mornings from 11: am till 12:30. 


At my home, please RSVP as an occasional cancellation does occur. To: 604 317 1597 or and for the address and directions.


Crystal Mountain Road

Laying a foundation to strengthen our Meditation/Dharma practice is very important. It is also important to see, hear and experience the larger view of why we are studying and practicing Dharma/Meditation in the first place. The big picture, or the larger view can be referred to as the Mahamudra, or the Great Seal or Great Movement. This is the “recognition of the Nature of Mind and all experience” (LMW, 2016) There are many paths and meditations that arrive at the experience of the recognition of the Nature of Mind. Having a teacher point out these vast paths is rich, rare and precious indeed, as the obstacles and habit patterns can obscure the view of the Clear Light Nature of Mind.

Join Susan van Asselt in explorations of the Mahamudra as we unpack and explore many of the vast meditation practices that lead to a Mind clear and free of stories, and dwelling only in Awareness. What Bliss!

Wednesdays 7:30 PM
#202 1611 Nickleplate Rd. Rossland
For more information (250) 921-4463  or 




A practice session in meditation is held Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. near Vancouver's Commercial Drive area. The current practice is the Drikung Yangzab Vajrasattva. Gisele Sabourin and Ted Weir have been practitioners of the Vajrayana for over 40 years in the Karma Kargyu tradition and more recently in the Drikung tradition. Discussion and questions answered at the end of the practice. Please call 604 877-1469 for more information.

We also have a practice session Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.  Sessions continue until– June 29 2016, resuming in Sept.

Island Dharma is based on Vancouver Island. We are a Buddhist group in the Namgyal Lineage dedicated to the teachings of Awareness and Compassion. We host Dharma talks in Nanaimo, Duncan, and on Denman Island as well as residential weekend and week-long retreats with our resident teacher Cheryl Fraser and with our guest teacher Lama Mark Webber.

Please visit us at or email


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