Meditation Events in Saratoga Springs
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Confidence to Change
Ordinarily the day-to-day difficulties we encounter give rise to frustration, stress or feeling
overwhelmed. By learning to respond to challenges skillfully, with acceptance, creativity,
and wisdom, our problems become powerful spiritual fuel. From this perspective, we can
look at whatever we encounter in a new way and use difficult situations and people to
improve our mind. By learning to transform adverse conditions we can develop a stable
confidence in our own ability to approach any situation with compassion and wisdom. 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.
Evelyn is a student on Teacher Training Program at Kadampa Meditation Center New York. She has a deep understanding of Buddhist meditation and teachings and joyfully shares this knowledge with others.
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.