Beacon Meditation Class

September Series

Making Every Moment Count

Thursdays · 7-8:30pm with Christian Gauthier

Life flies by. Computers, smartphones, and the hectic pace of modern life make it so we are often so busy and distracted that we don’t feel we can really live our life. Years can go by, leaving us thinking “what did I really accomplish? What was the point of it all?”

But, being busy does not mean we can’t be at peace. Buddhist teachings on mindfulness give us essential tools to harness meaning, joy, and purpose all day, every day. In particular, meditating throughout the day on impermanence and the value of this precious human life will give us the necessary tools to solve our daily problems, overcome distractions, and motivate us to make every moment count.

$10 per person. Drop-ins welcome

Class Dates & Topics

September 9 Living in the Present through Mindfulness

September 16 Your Precious Human Life

September 23 The Freedom of Understanding Impermanence

September 30 Stopping Living in the Past

October Series

Habits of Happy People

Thursdays · 7-8:30pm with Christian Gauthier

Happiness is something that each one of us has the potential to experience, but often our habitual ways of thinking take us in the opposite direction. In this series, we will explore some of the habits of happy people that will enrich our life’s experience. We will explore several meditations and ways of thinking that uplift the mind and how by carrying these with mindfulness into our day we can maintain a light, joyful attitude whatever life throws our way. Everyone welcome.

$10 per person. Drop-ins welcome

Class Dates & Topics

October 7 Habit 1: Stop Stressful Thoughts

October 14 Habit 2: Start a Meditation Practice

October 21 Habit 3: Don’t Get Angry

October 28 Habit 4: Cultivate Loving-kindness

Venue

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. Beacon, NY

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Christian Gauthier

Christian Gauthier

Christian Gauthier is the Education Program Coordinator and meditation teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center New York. He has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2009. His practical and inspiring teachings make Buddhism accessible to everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never been to a meditation class/workshop before.

I've never been to a meditation class before what should I expect?

Our meditation classes are very accessible. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. We provide both cushions and chairs, and there is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved.

How should I dress?

Feel free to come however you are comfortable. We ask people to remove shoes and hats when you enter the meditation room.

Do I need to bring anything?

Nothing in particular, but some people like to take notes so you may wish to bring a notepad and pen.

If I’m a complete beginner, should I attend this class?

Yes, our meditation workshops are perfect for everyone. This course, in particular is a great way to begin a meditation practice – no previous experience is necessary.

Do I need to be Buddhist to attend?

No, our meditation workshops are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

What are some benefits of attending meditation classes?

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.