Buddhist Meditation for Everyone – Drop in Classes
Tuesdays 7 – 8.15pm March 6 – April 10.
At Northwoods Unitarian Church, 1370 North Millbend Drive, The Woodlands
HABITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE
Each class contains a talk, guided meditation, discussion and Q and A. Suitable for everyone – no experience necessary.
There’s no limit on happiness, but too often our habitual ways of thinking can block our potential to be happier. This practical 6-week Buddhist meditation course will offer key habits of happy people.
We’ll explore several meditations and ways of thinking that uplift the mind, and how to carry these with mindfulness into our day so we can maintain a light, joyful attitude whatever life throws our way. Everyone is welcome. Drop in for one class or sign up for the the whole series. No previous experience necessary.
$10 per class at door | $50 for all 6 classes prepay
Tuesday Mar 6 | Meditation
“When the distractions subside and the mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. In this class we will learn the fundamentals of meditation and why cultivating inner peace is so important for a happy life.
Tuesday Mar 13 | Contentment
“Without contentment, a rich man will think he is poor”- Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. By learning to be happy with what we have we can overcome our overwhelming dissatisfaction, simplify our life and be able to focus more easily on internal changes.
Tuesday Mar 20 | Gratitude
We can get so stuck focusing on the negative that we can forget to appreciate all the benefit we receive from others. By maintaining an awareness of the kindness of others in our life we can keep a positive, grateful mind that will make us more warm and well disposed towards others and protect us from unhappy thoughts.
Tuesday Mar 27 | Joy
It is very easy to allow our mind to focus in ways that are contradictory with our basic wish to be happy. This class will explore teachings and meditations that enable us to keep a positive mind and overcome negative thoughts such as jealousy, competitiveness and discouragement.
Tuesday Apr 3 | Acceptance
In this class, we will learn how to maintain a calm and joyful mind even in the most challenging circumstances through applying Buddha’s teachings on patient acceptance.
Tuesday Apr 10 | Love
There are many types of love and many levels. If our love is weak, our relationships will be unstable and possibly filled with conflict. If we learn how to deepen and strengthen our love, our relationships will be stronger, more harmonious and longer lasting.
with Gen Norden, Principal Teacher at KMC Houston
Mindfulness & Meditation have been practiced for thousands of years and have many applications that can help to solve the problems faced within our busy modern lives *** Suitable for Beginners ***
“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 side of the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a peaceful and positive mind they would not be problems for us. We may even regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore if we want to be free from problems we must transform our mind.”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform your Life