Drop-In Classes Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 7:15 – 9:15 pm in Hermosa Beach
DAILY MEDITATION AND PRACTICE: MINDFULNESS
FOR MODERN TIMES
FIND INNER PEACE THROUGH TRAINING THE MIND ON THE STAGES OF THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT
Through mindfulness — learning to keep our mind focused on objects such as love and compassion until it becomes familiar and free from distracting thoughts — we develop an inner stability and serenity. Every Tuesday and Thursday from June 21st through September 8th the Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center in Hermosa Beach will host a new series of classes studying the 21 Lamrim meditations known as the “Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” from the text The New Meditation Handbook. This beautiful text is a practical guide to meditation that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way we make our lives more meaningful. Click link for schedule “Hermosa Beach-Tuesday” and “Hermosa Beach-Thursday.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso states “Without inner peace there is no real happiness at all. Problems, suffering, and unhappiness do not exist outside the mind; they are feelings and thus part of our mind. Therefore, it is only by controlling our mind that we can permanently stop our problems and make ourself and others truly happy.”
Each class will cover one of the twenty-one meditations, offer commentary on how to establish a meditation practice that are methods to control our mind and experience lasting inner peace, and guided meditations. Additionally, we will recognize how our anger leads to suffering and learn how to cultivate causes of mental peace by practicing patience, love and compassion towards all living beings. This General Program class provides a straight forward presentation of Buddhist view, meditation, and practice that are suitable for beginners and advanced students.
Beautiful Quote from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
“Normally we seek happiness outside ourself. We try to obtain better material conditions, a better job, higher social status, and so forth; but no matter how successful we are in improving our external situation, we still experience many problems and much dissatisfaction. We never experience pure, lasting happiness. This shows us that we should not seek happiness outside ourself, but instead establish it within by purifying and controlling our mind through sincere spiritual practice. If we train in this way we can ensure that our mind remains calm and happy all the time. Then, no matter how difficult our external circumstances may be, we will always be happy and peaceful.”
Transform Your Life, pp 16-17
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
What can I expect in each class?
Each class is two hours long and is broken down into several sections. We begin with an introduction on the topic covered then still our minds with a guided 10 minute breathing meditation. This is followed by a 50 minute commentary on the actual meditation practice, then 15 minute guided meditation on the topic that was covered, a 15 minute intra-class discussion and close with 15 minutes for questions and answers.
Classes are designed to be self contained and can be enjoyed on a drop-in basis
$12 per class, no one turned away for lack of funds