General Program (GP) Fall Meditation Series

Drop-In Classes Monday through Thursday Evenings 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm at various locations.  See Meditation Classes by Day in right column or below for mobile devices.

LET GO OF CRAVING AND ANXIETY ~ FIND CONTENTMENT

The General Program (GP) class provides a straightforward presentation of Buddhist view, meditation, and the establishment of a daily practice. This meditation class is suitable for beginners or for those with more experience. In these classes we will learn why we need meditation and discover practical methods to distinguish disturbed states of mind from peaceful states. States of mind that disturb our inner peace such as anger, jealousy and desirous attachment, are called ‘delusions,’ and theseGeneral Program Fall Meditation Series Let Go of Craving and Anxiety to Find Contentment are principal causes of all suffering.

We may think that our suffering is caused by other people, by poor material conditions or by society, but in reality it all comes from our own deluded states of mind. If we train in meditation systematically, eventually we will be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that are the causes of all our problems and suffering. Our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

In this series of classes we will study the instructions contained within the text How to Solve Our Human Problems by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Students can purchase this book in our bookstore or through the publisher Tharpa.

Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. This drop-in General Program class is suitable for everyone, regardless of faith, background or experience. Classes are designed to be self contained and can be enjoyed on a drop in basis. No prior registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome.

What can I expect in each class?

Each class is two hours long and is broken down into several sections. The teacher begins with an introduction on the topic covered. Then the student stills their mind with a guided 10 minute breathing meditation. This is followed by a 50 minute commentary on the actual meditation practice. Then the teacher leads a 15 minute guided meditation on the topic covered. Students participate in a 15 minute intra-class discussion and the class closes with 15 minutes for Q & A.

Cost

$12 per class, no one turned away for lack of funds

Beautiful Quote from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

“When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the side of the mind. If we responded to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us. Eventually, we might even regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore if we want to be free from problems, we must transform our mind.”

How to Solve Our Human Problems

 

“We tend to think our problems are unique to ourselves, but coming to general program class helps you realize quickly that these problems are quite universal, and that there actually is a solution. The class teaches profound yet easy-to-practice steps towards relieving your pain immediately and long-term.  I’m a happier, nicer person since I’ve been going to GP classes.”

~ Jolene L