How to Meditate - Weekend Getaway

Jan 25-27, 2019

Discovering Buddhism module 2

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

Each session includes related guided meditation. During the weekend, there will be big breaks for study.

(timetable, subject to slight changes)


6pm Dinner

1st Session

  • 7pm – 8:30pm


8am Breakfast

2nd Session

  • 10am – 11am, 11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30pm Lunch, followed by Time for Study and Recreation

3rd Session:

  • 3pm – 4pm, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

6pm Dinner and relaxing


8am Breakfast

4th Session

  • 10am – 11am, 11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30pm Lunch, followed by Time for Study and Recreation

5th Session

  • 2pm – 3pm,

End of retreat.

About the Instructor:

Jon Landaw, the author of Buddhism for Dummies, was born in New Jersey in 1944 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1965. After spending three years in the Peace Corps in Iran, Jon worked as an English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India from 1972 to 1977, producing numerous texts under the guidance of Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. As a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche since 1973, Jon has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, including Wisdom Energy and Introduction to Tantra. He is also the author of Prince Siddhartha, a biography of Buddha for children, and Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice, published by Snow Lion in 1993. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in Capitola, California.

Date(s): Jan 25-27, 2019
Times: 7:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Jon Landaw
Type of event:
Number of sessions: 5
Level: Introductory
Participation: Full-time
Location: Main Gompa
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