Saturday Workshops

Saturdays monthly     |    10am – 3:30pm     |    Saratoga Spa State Park

About our Saturday Workshops

Cost | $30

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Benefits of Meditation

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Day Retreat
with Gen Samten

Day Retreat The Secret of Stillness

September 9    |    10am – 3:30pm

Meditation is most powerful and transformative when it is combined with a focused intention and a conscious lifestyle. Integrating Buddhist teachings such as mindfulness and concentration will enable us to tap into an experience of peace and happiness that is not always accessible in our busy daily lives. This day-retreat will give a step by step approach to living the life you want to live and empower you to skillfully carry the experience of inner peace into your daily life.

Cost: $20 per person

Class Format

Every class we explore one aspect of Dharma, or Buddha’s teachings, which focus on solutions to problems in daily life, inducing genuine optimism and increased happiness. These sessions include a guided meditation which allows you to gain personal experience of the teaching. There will be a short break after this session.
Session 2 is similar to Session 1 but covers another aspect of the course topic.
Enjoy some refreshments in the company of like-minded people or head to this local restaurant for lunch with the group. Breaks last approximately 45 minutes.
Session 3 will include more guidance as to how to bring the instructions and meditative experience into your daily life.
The class concludes with time for discussion between those in attendance. Time is then given to address any questions that come from listening to the teaching or discussing.

Can’t attend?

See our upcoming classes.

Getting Here

Meet the Teacher
Gen Samten Kelsang

RESIDENT TEACHER OF KMC NEW YORK

Gen Samten Kelsang is an ordained Buddhist monk and is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center New York. He has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students.

Before coming to KMC New York in Fall 2008, Gen Samten taught for many years in the United Kingdom, including at Manjushri KMC. He has engaged in focused meditation retreat at Tharpaland International Retreat Centre and now guides retreats year-round.

He is regularly invited to give teachings and guide meditations at Kadampa Buddhist Centers throughout the United States and world. Gen Samten is well-known for his inspiring, clear and practical way of presenting Buddha’s teachings and meditation. Click to hear Gen Samten teach.

Thursday Evening Classes

Thursdays monthly     |   7-8:30pm     |    Saratoga Arts Center

About the class

with Buddhist Teacher

Evelyn Williams

Saratoga Arts • The Gallery


320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY

Cost
$10

Benefits of Meditation

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Next Class
June 22   |    7-8:30pm


Finding Peace of Mind in Turbulent Times
Meditation is a scientific method to improve our human nature. Through learning to meditate, we can transform our daily problems and difficulties into opportunities for growth and development. Drop-in class; no experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!

Each class costs $10 per person and consists of guided meditation, practical advice for daily life and time to discuss with like-minded people.

Class Format

Each class begins with a brief breathing meditation which is guided by the teacher. No previous experience is necessary.
Every class we explore one aspect of Dharma, or Buddha’s teachings, which focus on solutions to problems in daily life, inducing genuine optimism and increased happiness. These sessions include a guided meditation which allows you to gain personal experience of the teaching.
The class concludes with time for discussion between those in attendance. Time is then given to address any questions that come from listening to the teaching or discussing.

Meet the Teacher Evelyn Williams

Evelyn is a Teacher at KMC New York. She has a deep understanding of Buddhist meditation and teachings and joyfully shares this knowledge with others.

 

The Benefits of Meditation


 
inner peace

You can relax and enjoy a peaceful mind through meditation practice.

positive attitude in life

Simply by being around like-minded people who are learning to improve their mind, you naturally find your personal view of life more optimistic.

a good heart

Your relationships improve by learning to genuinely care for others.

concentration

Your mind will become lucid and clear which will improve your physical and mental health.

wisdom

You will learn to identify, reduce and eliminate states of mind that lead to suffering. You will also learn how to cultivate positive states of mind that lead to happiness.

pure happiness

Your wishes will be fulfilled, and you can then naturally inspire others.

FAQs

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.
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.
Nothing in particular, but some people like to take notes so you may wish to bring a notepad and pen.
Yes, our weekly classes are perfect for everyone – no previous meditation experience is necessary and all classes are self-contained. Drop into one class or attend the entire series.
No, our classes are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.
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.
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.

Upcoming Classes

Saturday Workshops

The Secret of Stillness

Day Retreat with Gen Samten Kelsang
Meditation is most powerful and transformative when it is combined with a focused intention and a conscious lifestyle. Integrating Buddhist teachings such as mindfulness and concentration will enable us to tap into an experience of peace and happiness that is not always accessible in our busy daily lives. This day-retreat will give a step by step approach to living the life you want to live and empower you to skillfully carry the experience of inner peace into your daily life.

Thursday Evening Classes

Finding Peace of Mind in Turbulent Times

Meditation is a scientific method to improve our human nature. Through learning to meditate, we can transform our daily problems and difficulties into opportunities for growth and development. Drop-in class; no experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!