Thursdays, Sep 18 to Oct 23

Meditation existed before the Buddha appeared in the world and nowadays meditation is being practiced for all sorts of reasons—for improved health, for relaxation, or even to help people perform better in their work. Buddhism has a specific definition for meditation which in some ways might be narrower than the general meaning, and in some ways might be wider.

The idea of meditation is to make ourselves familiar with more healthy, positive, and helpful ways of thinking, states of mind, patterns of thinking and behaving. And the more we make ourselves familiar with these positive states of mind, the more they will arise easily, naturally, and spontaneously.

by Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald),
in “A course on How to Meditate: Session One”

Topics covered in this course include:

  • The Purpose of Meditation in Buddhism
  • How to do a Basic Session
  • Analytical Meditation
  • Visualization Meditation
  • How to Support Your Meditation Practice

Materials

How To MeditateWe will be using the book, How to Meditate: a practical guide, by Kathleen McDonald (Ven. Sangye Khadro), Wisdom publications. You can pre-pay for this book in the online registration area of this page (see below). We are supplying this title at a discounted rate – $12 – for course participants. When our supply runs out, that ticket option will disappear from this page.

You can also find the book online at Wisdom Publications and Amazon. It is also available as a Kindle book.

Other materials will be posted on the DB Homework page of this website. The password will be given in class.

DB Homework Page

Each module includes an experiential element in the form of a Saturday practice day or a weekend retreat. [More details to come.]

See more about the whole Discovering Buddhism program at Land of Medicine Buddha, here.

drimay-LOP2014-300px-webAbout the Instructor

2014 welcomes Venerable Drimay as our new Discovering Buddhism teacher. She has over ten years’ experience teaching these courses at our Silicon Valley center. See more about our instructors.

Participation

Drop in on the first class to see if it suits you. Online registration below gives various options for donating to support this program. The Dharma center depends on your contributions to make classes like this possible. However, we don’t want anyone to feel that there is an obstacle if they are unable to donate. All are welcome.

Benefits of Membership

Scholar-level membership covers donations for regular classes. Look into becoming a Scholar.

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Note about Dates

The dates for this course changed slightly. Due to a special guest speaker on October 16, there will be no “How to Meditate” class that night, and we will have our last class on October 23.

Date(s): Thursdays, Sep 18 to Oct 23
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Instructor/Leader: Venerable Drimay
Type of event: Discovering Buddhism
Number of sessions: 5
Level: Introductory
Participation: Best to start at with the first class of this course.
Location: Main Gompa
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