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, November 17, December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10:30am to 12pm

REGISTRATION

To register, please click here.

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

Snehy Gupta’s quest for enduring happiness began in high school, when she read a passage from Oedipus Rex, “And none can be called happy until that day when he carries his happiness down to the grave in peace.” This search revived in earnest 18 years ago when Snehy began to study Buddhist philosophy, Yoga and Vedanta. Meditation also became a critical part of her study and practice. Snehy also cites this quote from the Kularnava Tantra as best capturing her approach to learning: “Just as a bee seeks honey from many flowers, seek teachings everywhere.” Of all her teachers, Snehy is profoundly devoted to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and regards him as the joyful inspiration for all her efforts to learn and share. She says, “Dharma is a jewel in my life and I am very grateful to have found something so rare and precious to share with everyone.” Snehy’s background ranges from a PhD. in agricultural economics to investment banking to teaching yoga, and also includes a husband, acquired many years ago.