Meditation Events in Saratoga Springs
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Living in the Moment
Good intentions lead us in a positive direction, but when we can’t follow through, it is
difficult to accomplish anything. In this workshop we will learn what mindfulness is and
how to apply this method to gain practical experience focusing on ways of thinking that
improve the good qualities of the mind and the quality of our life. This workshop will
include guided meditations, practical advice on how to maintain the experience of inner
peace in daily life, and time to discuss the ideas presented.
Based on the book How to Understand the Mind.
With Buddhist Monk Kelsang Samatha
Samatha is a teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center New York. His teachings are rooted in finding solutions to life’s daily problems. His humor and light-hearted presentation of Buddha’s teachings is encouraging, showing that everyone can experience benefit by putting the instructions into practice.
Held in the Saratoga Spa State Park’s Administration Building (in back of the Spa Little Theatre) 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
How to get there: 19 Roosevelt Drive, Administration Building (back of the Spa Little Theatre). Look for the Gideon Putnam Room in the building.
Listed as a National Historic Landmark, Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by it’s classical architecture and beautiful walking paths and pools, is the perfect place to get away for the morning to spend time focusing on developing a peaceful, happy mind.
We are a non-profit organization. Proceeds go towards costs in facilitating this class. All profits go towards supporting the International Temples Project for World Peace.
Through sincerely training in meditation on the teachings given in these classes you will attain spiritual realizations, which lead you to permanent liberation from all the sufferings of this life and countless future lives. There is no greater meaning than this. Even temporarily, whenever you experience problems, unpleasant feelings, depression or unhappiness you can solve these problems immediately by transforming your mind into peace through your meditation practice. The benefits of meditation are immeasurable.
Q. Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
You do not need to have experience in meditation or be a Buddhist to attend. The meditation classes we offer are suitable for all individuals, whatever their level of interest – from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about Modern Buddhism. Everyone is welcome!
Q. I’ve never been to a meditation class before. What should I expect?
Our meditation classes are very accessible. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. We sit in chairs, and there is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved.
Q. What does a typical class look like? A typical class consists of a simple relaxation meditation, teaching, a meditation based on the teaching and discussion and Q&A. The meditations are guided and are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Q: I’ve been coming to classes for a while. I really like what I hear. Is there something more I can try?
For those students who want to deepen their experience of Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso designed the Foundation Program (FP). FP allows us to become more deeply familiar with Buddhist teachings by systematically studying one of five texts on the FP curriculum.