Meditation Classes in

Saturday Workshops

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

About our Saturday Workshops

Saratoga Spa State Park

The class will be held in the Gideon Putnam Room in the Admin Building of the Spa State Park

with Buddhist Teacher

Evelyn Williams

Cost | $20

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or Drop-In

Benefits of Meditation

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Saturday Workshop

Meditation & Becoming the Person You Want to Be
Saturday Workshop

January 6    |   10am – 1pm

At the start of the year our mind naturally turns to ways we can make our life more meaningful and rewarding. On this course we will learn practical meditations to identify and realize our true potential throughout the year.

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. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.

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.
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.

Getting Here

The class will be held in the Gideon Putnam Room in the Admin Building at Spa State Park.

Next Class: The Healing Power of Compassion
December 14   |    7-8:30pm


The supremely positive mind is universal compassion, which is developed using the special meditations in this book.

As we gradually replace our habitual self-cherishing with a genuine cherishing of others, we find our powers of transformation increase. Eventually we reach the point where we can transform any situation, however unpleasant, into a positive experience and an opportunity to make progress in our spiritual development.

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

Through her many years of practice and meditative experience, Evelyn has developed a special understanding of Kadampa Buddhism. With an insightful approach and peaceful heart, Evelyn shares Buddha’s teachings in a way that directly touches the hearts of listeners.

 

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 Roadmap to Inner Peace
In this workshop, you will be given the tools to access your heart of compassion and transform all daily difficulties into the spiritual path.
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Letting Go and Moving On
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.
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Thursday Evening Classes

The healing power of compassion
Each class costs $10 per person and consists of guided meditation, practical advice for daily life and time to discuss with like-minded people. No pre-registration, drop-ins only.