MEDITATION 101

Would you like to learn how to build a strong meditation practice, receive advice, or gain momentum to meditate regularly? Join us for Meditation 101, an introductory course designed by experienced and knowledgeable teachers of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Sessions will consist of guided meditations that can be used by anyone to create more peace and happiness in daily life. Meditation can help reduce stress, increase concentration, increase positive emotions, decrease pain, increase social connection, and serve as a foundation for progressing on the path to enlightenment.

Through the different sessions, several basic techniques will be explained and practiced:

  • Breathing meditations
  • Mindfulness meditations: scanning the body, bare attention, mind like the sky, mind like the ocean
  • Visualization meditations
  • Analytical meditations on topics such as transforming negative experiences into positive ones

Participants can try these techniques on their own in between sessions, and friendly discussions will enable us to share experiences and advice. Each participant, whether completely new or somewhat experienced, will acquire solid foundations of meditation, such as a correct sitting posture and how to overcome obstacles.

 

DATES AND TIMES

Saturdays, July 21, August 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10:30am to 12pm

 

SCHEDULE

Please register below. You may also register at the door.

 

COURSE FEE

$100 (or $20/session) to help support direct costs, including space rental, Dharma materials, and administration.

Shantideva Members: $90/ $18 per session

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact [email protected].)

ABOUT THE TEACHER

George traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand with his family in November 2005. On this trip, an interest in and passion for the Buddha and his teachings were ignited. He has been reading the Dharma, listening to teachings, meditating, and engaging in daily practice since this time. George joined Shantideva Meditation Group after an inspiring teaching by Venerable Robina Courtin at Columbia University in October 2008. Over the years, he participated in Shantideva’s development and witnessed its growth into a center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. George is a native New Yorker. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1978. He works as a clinical neuropsychologist at the Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is adjunct faculty at the Disability Studies Program, School of Professional Studies, at The City University of New York. He lives in Manhattan with his spouse, Lucas.