General Program (GP) Winter 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.

MEDITATION ~ THE JOY OF CONTENTMENT

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

 

CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF JANUARY 8TH

The General Program (GP) class provides a straightforward presentation of Buddhist view, meditation, and the establishment of a daily practice. This 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 attain peaceful states of mind.

General Program Fall Meditation Series Let Go of Craving and Anxiety to Find Contentment

All our problems and all our unhappiness are created by our uncontrolled mind and our non-virtuous actions. By engaging in the practice of Dharma, we can learn to pacify and control our mind, abandon non-virtuous actions and their root cause, and thereby attain permanent peace, the true cessation of all our suffering.

We will hear practical and uplifting explanations on how we can transform our day-to-day lives — including even the most demanding and difficult situations — into opportunities for personal and spiritual development.

In this series of classes we will study the instructions contained within the text Universal Compassion by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Universal Compassion points the way to an unchanging freedom and happiness, challenges us to grow, and will have a remarkable impact on our life.  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. Everyone is welcome.

What can I expect in each class?

Each class is two hours long and broken down into several sections. We begin with an introduction on the topic to be covered. Then we 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, a 15 minute intra-class discussion follows and then we close with 15 minutes for questions and answers.

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.”

 

“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