Saturday Workshops

Saturdays monthly     |    10am – 1pm     |    Saratoga Spa State Park

About our Saturday Workshops

with Buddhist Teacher

Evelyn Williams

Cost | $20

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Benefits of Meditation

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Mindfulness & Concentration

Cost: $20 per person

Learn to Meditate in Half a Day: Mindfulness & Concentration

May 13    |    10am – 1pm

A person who has powerful, virtuous concentration, has control over their mind. Their mind does what they wants it to do, like a well-trained horse that obeys its rider. Concentration serves to focus our mind on one object and is particularly important for our spiritual practice. When our mind is free from the turbulence of distracting thoughts, it naturally becomes calm and smooth. As a result, when we are enjoying internal peace and happiness our craving for external sources of pleasure naturally declines and it is easy to remain content. Join us for this workshop where we will learn how to strengthen our mindfulness and concentration through systematic training in meditation.

By learning and then applying these methods into your life, you will find it easier and easier to experience inner peace amidst the busyness of modern living and naturally benefit the people with whom you interact.

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.
Enjoy some refreshments in the company of like-minded people. Breaks last approximately 30 minutes.
Session 2 is similar to Session 1 but covers another aspect of the course topic.
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.

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Getting Here

Thursday Evening Classes

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

About the class

Saratoga Arts • The Dee Sarno Theater


320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY

with Buddhist Teacher

Evelyn Williams

Cost
$10

Benefits of Meditation

Learn More

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

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Stand Up to Anger

May 4    |    7-8:30pm

Learn to use meditation to anger-proof your mind! Stress, frustration and anger are common experiences in modern life, especially when we encounter challenging situations and difficult people. They destroy our happiness, damage our relationships, and cause us to act in ways we later regret. Buddha’s teachings explain practical methods to liberate our mind from these negative and painful emotions through cultivating patient acceptance, inner peace, love, and the strength of mind to stand up to anger.

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

A person who has powerful, virtuous concentration, has control over their mind. Their mind does what they wants it to do, like a well-trained horse that obeys its rider. Concentration serves to focus our mind on one object and is particularly important for our spiritual practice. When our mind is free from the turbulence of distracting thoughts, it naturally becomes calm and smooth. As a result, when we are enjoying internal peace and happiness our craving for external sources of pleasure naturally declines and it is easy to remain content. Join us for this workshop where we will learn how to strengthen our mindfulness and concentration through systematic training in meditation.

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Wisdom makes everything easy. With wisdom, we can see what is useful in our life and what can be abandoned. Wisdom also enables us to skilfully let go of ways of thinking that lead to suffering. Experience the profound and ancient teachings of Buddha, presented for the people of the modern world. Simply through applying them to your life, you will come to experience a deep sense of peace and tranquility and bring benefit to others.

Thursday Evening Classes