Almost every Sunday, we offer a beginner's class on
meditation instruction and practice that begins at 10:00 am and lasts one hour. The complete class is taught in five sessions. The class generally practices "calm
abiding" (Shamatha) meditation, which is the art of calming the
mind as taught in Tibetan Buddhism. This course is ideal for those new to meditation and for those who wish
to develop a strong foundation before embarking on the Vipashyana
techniques offered in the 11:30 AM Intermediate class. The practice of meditation can
enable a deeper insight into the nature of self and of the world to
positively transform our relationship with ourselves and with others. No
experience is needed and all are welcome.
Overview of the five sessions of the Beginner's Class:
The first session is an overview, designed to introduce the mechanics and techniques of Shamatha meditation. The second class covers the basics of sitting and the basics of calming the mind. The third class introduces the primary mind training techniques for cultivating calm abiding; mindfulness and introspection. The fourth class is taught over two sessions. These two sessions introduce two of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, that is, Mindfulness of the Body and Mindfulness of Consciousness. The Four Foundations are objects the yogi uses for mind training in the cultivation of calm abiding.
After a 30 minute coffee/chat break, we have an intermediate level meditation class. This class is based on "The Wheel of Analytical Meditation" by the 19th century meditation master and celebrated scholar Mipham Rinpoche. All are welcome, but those who have never received meditation instruction in the past are encouraged to join the 10 AM class.
Overview of the four sessions of the Intermediate Class:
Each class will focus on one of the four topics from the Wheel of
Analytical Meditation. The class begins with a brief recitation of traditional
Tibetan auspicious prayers to set the tone for the meditations. Afterward there will be a brief synopsis of the methods of Shamatha and
Vipshyana, including the topic (see below) of the day. There will be two 15 minute meditation sessions. After which there
will be time for questions and discussion. The class will close with
traditional Tibetan dedication prayers. Please note that the class will be 90 minutes in length.
The four topics from the Wheel of Analytical Mediation that are covered in this class are:
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