MEDITATION & BUDDHISM CLASSES
Not taking ourselves too seriously before meditation class
Enjoy Buddha’s wisdom and take it to heart
MODERN BUDDHISM: THE PATH OF COMPASSION AND WISDOM
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From the text, Modern Buddhism, “Buddhas are awakened, which means that they have awakened from the sleep of ignorance and are free from the dreams of samsara, the cycle of impure life. They are completely pure beings who are permanently free from all delusions and mistaken appearance. As mentioned earlier, Buddha’s function is to bestow mental peace on each and every living being every day by giving blessings. We know that we are happy when our mind is peaceful, and unhappy when it is not. It is therefore clear that our happiness depends on our having a peaceful mind and not on good external conditions. Even if our external conditions are poor, if we maintain a peaceful mind all the time we will always be happy.”
Senior Practitioner, Marion Ipenburg
East West Healing Arts
721 S. Averill Ave
San Pedro, CA 90732
$12 per class, no one turned away for lack of funds
The class begins with a short introduction, then we engage in a 10 minute relaxing guided breathing meditation. This is followed by a 50 minute commentary on the art of meditation and the subject of the class.
The commentary is followed by a 15 minute guided meditation on the main subject from the days’ class, a 15 minute inner-class discussion and we finish with a 15 minute question and answer period.
“In general, everyone who has physical or mental pain, even animals, understands their own suffering; but when Buddha says, ‘You should know sufferings,’ he means that we should know the sufferings of our future lives. Through knowing these, we will develop a strong wish to liberate ourself from them. This practical advice is important for everybody, because if we have the wish to liberate ourself from the sufferings of future lives, we will definitely use our present human life for the freedom and happiness of our countless future lives. There is no greater meaning than this.
If we do not have this wish, we will waste our precious human life for the freedom and happiness of only this one short life. This would be foolish because our intention and actions would be no different from the intention and actions of animals who are only concerned with this life alone. The great Yogi Milarepa once said to a hunter called Gonpo Dorje:
Your body is human but your mind is that of an animal.
You, a human being, who possess an animal’s mind, please listen to my song.”
Modern Buddhism, pp. 43-44
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso