Please join us for these NEW Sunday morning classes when we explore what Modern Buddhism is and how we can incorporate these ancient, life-changing teachings in our day to day busy lives in an easy, relevant and inspiring way.
This class is unique because, week by week, we will explore these Buddhist topics by following the presentation of the book How To Transform Your Life which is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s next-to-newest text. Through approaching each week with this structure, it will allow students to begin to understand the wide scope and depth of Buddha’s teachings, how each aspect of Buddhism helps us reduce our negative states of mind and therefore discover a sustainable source of contentment and peace from within.
Everyone is welcome!
Class Dates & Topics
Series descriptions & details
A Strong Foundation
Dec. 2 – Impermanence and Death Awareness, Pt. 2
Dec. 9 – What is Karma?
Dec. 16 – How Understanding Karma Can Transform Our Life
Dec. 23 – How to Understand Samsara
Dec. 30 – No class
Tools for Building a Spiritual Practice
Jan. 6 – The Benefits of a Meditation Practice
Jan. 13 – Mindfulness for Really Busy People
Jan. 20 – Freedom from Unrealistic Desires
Jan. 27 – Leaving Anger Behind
Solving Our Problems with Love
Feb. 3 – No class
Feb. 10 – Your Loving, Enlightened Nature
Feb. 17 – Learning to Cherish Others
Feb. 24 – Learning to Cherish Others, Pt. 2
Class Format & FAQ’s
What to Expect at a Class
Each class begins with some relaxing guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace.
The teacher 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 talk 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 stay a bit 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.
Q: Do I need to have any experience?
A) No. 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. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation 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) For Sunday morning classes it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can come along whenever you can, and start whenever you like. Purchasing a 5-Class Pass when you sign-in, however, is more economical and you save money over single class fees.
Weekend workshops and special events can be booked in advance and should to secure a seat.
Q: Do I have to wait for the next chapter of book to begin?
A) No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.
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 plenty of parking in the shopping center lot right out front.
Q: Is the meditation room handicap accessible?
A) Yes, The Yoga Center is.
Clare is the local teacher of our branch classes in Portland, ME. She began studying in the New Kadampa Tradition at KMC Hong Kong in 2004. In 2009 she moved to Maine and has been teaching in Portland since 2010. Clare says she enjoys how the teachings bring great joy and meaning into our daily lives—allowing us to transform everything we meet into the spiritual path.