Meditation 101

Saturdays, Jul 9, 16, 23, 30 & Aug 6, 10:30am–12pm EDT


Are you interested in learning how to meditate? Or, are you already familiar with meditation but seeking to gain momentum in your practice? Join us for a five-part introductory class where you will learn meditation techniques and put them into practice in a supportive learning environment.

Meditation can help relieve stress, improve concentration, reduce pain, and promote ease and social connection. Meditation has to do with how we relate to our own minds. It’s also a cornerstone to developing a wise heart on the spiritual path to enlightenment. Meditation 101 was designed by experienced teachers of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This series provides all the tools you need to build a solid meditation practice.

Several essential techniques will be explained and practiced:

  • Breathing meditations
  • Mindfulness meditations
  • Visualization meditations
  • Analytical meditations on topics such as transforming negative experiences into positive ones

Each class will include guided meditation and discussion. Participants are encouraged to try these techniques on their own between sessions and share their experiences and advice with the group. Come see for yourself what time-tested meditation methods can do for your mind!

COVID-19 Policy

To review the policy please click here and for questions please email [email protected]

Important Note

This is an in-person and online event. For in-person, you are required to have full vaccination. Please review our Covid-19 policy for details. For online, the events will be administered using Zoom*.

After registering, the system automatically sends a confirmation and/or a receipt email that contains the Zoom meeting link and/or other instructions. If you don’t immediately receive the system email(s) or you have any other questions, please contact us at [email protected].

*Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

Registration / Schedule

Suggested: $20 per session, or $90 for all 5-weeks of the course
Other offering options: free, $5, $10, $30

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member discounts or benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

Shantideva Center may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By registering for this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. To further enhance anonymity, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using abbreviations.

Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)

For questions regarding registration, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Additional Materials

If you are a registered student, you may access the readings on our password protected page. After registering, an online receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. The page link and password will be on the receipt. Please contact us at [email protected] if you have questions about accessing this page.

About the Teacher

Annie Bien is an English translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts, a writer, and Buddhist practitioner. She began studying Tibetan Buddhism in 1997. In 2000 she attended an audience of the Dalai Lama where she asked a question—how could she be a compassionate person if she did not like her heritage as a Chinese person living in America? His reply changed her life. She then met her teacher Khyongla Rato Rinpoche of Tibet Center. Wishing to understand the Dalai Lama in Tibetan, she began learning Tibetan with Khenpo Pema Wangdak of Vikramaśila Foundation then attended Buddhist text translation classes at the Center for Buddhist Studies of Columbia University taught by Geshe Losang Jamspal and Dr. Robert Thurman. She was assistant to Dr. Thurman and editor at the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. She has translated sūtras for Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, 84000, and Khenpo Pema Wangdak. She currently writes reports on the teachings by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. As writer she has published two poetry collections, and won competitions in flash fiction and poetry. At Shantideva Center, she enjoys leading meditation classes to create calm and kindness together.