Forgiveness: Letting Go and Moving On
A Half Day Workshop with Gen Samten Kelsang
Saturday, 10am-1:30pm | December 3
Sometimes we feel trapped in the past and unable to move on. Feelings of unhappiness about what has happened in the past or ‘what might have been’ prevents us from fully appreciating the beauty and richness of our life. We need to learn to forgive others – and ourselves. By embracing forgiveness we embrace peace, hope, gratitude, and joy. This course will focus on practical Buddhist meditations that will enable us to let go of the past, find joy in the present, and create a happy and fulfilling future.
This half-day workshop includes guided meditations, practical advice on how to maintain the experience of inner peace in daily life and time to discuss the ideas presented. Cost: $20
AFA Gallery | 514 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA
Weekly Meditation Classes in Scranton
The Secret of Happiness
Thursdays, 7-8:30pm | December 1 – 15
with Buddhist Monk Kelsang Samatha
Happiness is not some far distant goal but is something we can discover today – right here and now. The secret of happiness lies in our ability to cultivate acceptance, joy, and gratitude. By building our life around these three core emotions we will discover happiness and meaning in every area of our life. These experiential and practical classes will reveal how we can use Buddhist meditation and positive thinking to transform every moment of our daily life.
Open to everyone – Drop-ins are welcome. Cost per class is $10. Classes include guided meditation, practical advice on integrating meditation into your life, and discussion with like-minded people. For more information on weekly classes and to become part of our online community join our Meetup group.
Samatha’s 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.
The Afa Gallery
514 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503
Classes are held in the 2nd floor gallery.
$10 per class
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.
Q. What are some benefits of attending meditation classes?
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.