Tuesdays | Oct. 22 – Nov. 19 (no class Nov. 12) | 7:00 – 8:15p
Free yourself from worry and mental discomfort, and enjoy a quieted, peaceful mind!
Join Buddhist monk, Kelsang Samatha, who will guide you in techniques that progress through the stages of an effective meditation.
We’ll explore the skills that are necessary to confidently and joyfully create a rewarding meditation practice. Through practice you can learn to create an inner space and clarity that enables you to control and calm your mind regardless of the external circumstances.
For our Newton classes we join in partnership withNewton Community Education, at Newton South High School (see below for more info and directions). Each class will consist of a short talk and two guided meditations, with time for questions during or following.
Each class begins with some relaxing guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace.
Kelsang Samatha will then give a practical teaching based on the topic of the class series and explain how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.
The teaching is then followed by a guided meditation to help us mix our mind with the teaching and take it to heart.
DISCUSSION AND Q & A
At the end of the meditation class we spend a few minutes for group discussion and the teacher will take any questions that the class might have about the topic.
After class we invite you to continue conversation, ask additional questions or simply hang out with like-minded friends!
Q: Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?
A) No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is necessary. Everyone benefits from Buddhist teachings, no matter one’s belief.
Q: Do I need to have any experience?
A) Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome, including beginners. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up.
Q: How should I dress?
A) No special clothing is required. Please come as you are!
Q: Is there any physical exercise involved?
A) No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. We will sit in chairs but feel free to bring your own cushion.
Q: Will I be asked to speak in front of a group?
A) No. But you can ask questions if you’d like.
Q: Do I need to book in advance?
A) Yes. Pre-registration for this course is required. As we are partnering with Newton Community Education you can sign up through their website.
For all other classes and courses, pre-registration is not required although you will save money by pre-registering or purchasing a membership or class passes.
Q: Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?
A) For our classes with Newton Community Education, yes, you do. For classes at KMC Boston, our main center, that is not necessary. We offer many weekly drop-in classes, workshops and retreats.
Q: Why do you charge for classes?
A) We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. No one receives a salary. However, the funds we receive are used to pay standard expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, etc., and to maintain the center in good working order.
Q: Is there parking?
A) Yes, there is parking at Newton South High School, right out front.
Kelsang Samathais a Buddhist monk and the Education Program Coordinator of Kadampa Meditation Center Boston. He has been practicing meditation in the Kadampa Tradition for over 14 years. His gentle approach to meditation emphasizes the importance of keeping a happy and positive mind. He is appreciated for his clear, light-hearted and practical presentation of Buddhist teachings.
Driving Directions: From Boston Get on Route 9 heading west. Take Parker Street exit and turn left. Take first left onto Hagen Rd, follow to end. Take left onto Brandeis Rd. After 1/2 mile, school and parking is on the right. Once inside, look for signs pointing you towards your room.