Beacon Meditation Class


Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. Beacon, NY



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May Series

Dealing with Difficult Emotions

Thursdays · 7-8:30pm with Christian Gauthier

Overwhelmed by your feelings? Buddhist psychology offers a time-tested, powerful and healthy approach to dealing with painful, challenging emotions. Each week, we will apply these methods to states like craving, anger, and self-hatred. First, we need to recognize them, learn how they work, and accept ourselves for where we are. Next, we can disempower them using special meditations. Finally, we can envision and even experience a state of total freedom and release, having transcended these difficult emotions.

$10 per person. Drop-ins welcome

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June Series

Overcoming Anger

Thursdays · 7-8:30pm with Christian Gauthier

Everyone gets angry. Whether it is some minor irritation or annoyance up to intense rage, some form of non-acceptance towards our life’s circumstances rises up once in a while. Even though this is common, anger in all its various forms ends up causing more harm than good. It solves nothing–anything accomplished under the name of anger can more productively be accomplished through patience, love, and compassion. In addition, it makes us unhappy, irrational and erratic, and hard to be around for others. Take a healthy approach to deal with the emotions related to anger through using Buddhist meditation. You can learn how to clearly identify anger and distinguish yourself from it, so you can be hard on anger while still being kind to yourself. Finally, by using different meditative strategies, you can uproot and let go of it altogether.

$10 per person. Drop-ins welcome

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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.