Meditation & Buddhism Classes
Enjoy Inner Peace through Meditation
Mindfulness and Meditation and Reflection
“The real source of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is peaceful, we will be happy all the time, regardless of external conditions, but if it is disturbed or troubled in any way, we will never be happy, no matter how good our external conditions may be. External conditions can only make us happy if our mind is peaceful. We can understand this through our own experience. For instance, even if we are in the most beautiful surroundings and have everything we need, the moment we get angry any happiness we may have disappears. This is because anger has destroyed our inner peace.” ~ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
Meditation and mindfulness are practices that help us remain calm, clear and positive all the time, even when faced with difficulties and challenges. Through meditation we can train our mind to overcome negative states of mind and increase states of mind that promote inner peace and happiness. Join us to learn methods that bring about a greater sense of well being, transforming your life and making it more meaningful.
Each class is 75 minutes 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 breathing meditation. This is followed by a commentary on the actual meditation practice, then guided meditation on the topic, and close with time for questions and answers.
All levels welcome, from beginners to advanced practitioners. Each class is self-contained and can be enjoyed on a drop-in basis. No special clothing is required and chairs are provided.
We are studying from the book How to Transform Your Life available for purchase at the class or online through the publisher Tharpa. This text is a practical manual for daily life that shows how we can develop and maintain inner peace, how we can reduce and stop our experience of problems, and how we can bring about positive changes in our lives that will enable us to experience deep and lasting happiness.
To be successful, however, we need to read, listen to, contemplate and meditate on the instructions given. If possible, students should check this webpage weekly for class topics and read appropriate sections in the book prior to class. This helps deepen one’s understanding of Buddha’s teachings when heard. After class there will be time for personal reflection and contemplation on the meaning of the teachings within setting of the beautiful Botanic Garden.
There are two ways to enjoy these classes:
1) Drop in and simply pay $15 per class at Guest Services; or
2) Purchase 10-class Flex Pass (valid for 6 months) for $125
All classes include day admission to the 87-acre Botanic Garden.
** Discounted rates offered for South Coast Botanic Garden members available. For details about Flex Pass purchase and SCBG membership visit here.
“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 mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind, they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to 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 happy all the time and free from problems, we must develop and maintain a peaceful mind. Sufferings, problems, worries, unhappiness and pain all exist within our mind; they are all unpleasant feelings, which are part of the mind. Through controlling and purifying our mind we can stop them once and for all.”
How to Transform Your Life, pp. 10-11
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche