Join us this summer for ‘Boundless Heart’, a peaceful, restorative, and invigorating meditation class series.
In July, we will focus on developing a flourishing meditation practice. We will look at the health benefits of meditation and learn how to become deeply concentrated and peaceful through regular practice.
In August, we will move through a series of heart-opening meditations, that will help us solve our problems by developing love, respect, and compassion for others.
Everyone is welcome!
Class Dates & Topics
Series descriptions & details
Living Lightly – An Introduction to Emptiness
June 9 – How to Live Lightly
June 16 – Emptiness of the Self
June 23 – Appearance and Emptiness
June 30 – How Meditating on Emptiness Solves all Problems
see your meditation practice flourish!
July 7 – Mental Peace through Meditation
July 14 – Enjoying Mental Stillness through Concentration
July 21 – Letting Go of Distractions
July 28 – Creating a Meditative Life
heart-opening meditations to help us solve our problems
August 4– Awakening our Heart
August 11– Developing Closeness, Affection, and Respect
August 18– Compassion and its Benefits
August 25– Universal Love
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.