Beacon Meditation Class


Eight Habits for Happiness

7 – 8:30pm | $10 per person

with Gen Kelsang Chenma

Happiness is a habit that can be trained. One of the most simple, potent, and accessible ways to do this is by training in loving-kindness. In this eight-week series, we will look at eight different loving-kindness meditations that will help us develop confidence, relax, and improve our relationships with friends, family, and coworkers.

We will emphasize how to integrate these meditations into our daily activities. And we will feel empowered to use these practices throughout the rest of our life.

This course is based on the text Eight Steps to Happiness, which is a commentary to a thousand-year-old teaching called Eight Verses of Training the Mind–a beloved, timeless set of instructions on how to train our mind transform. It is perfect for modern people just as it was perfect for people many years ago.

Everyone welcome!

Class Dates and Topics:

April 4 Meditations on Loving-kindness

April 11 How to Train Our Mind

April 18 Awakening The Heart

April 25 Fearlessness

May 2 Deepening Our Meditation

May 9 Turning Bad into Good

May 16 Creating Happiness in Daily Life

May 23 Becoming a Friend of the World

May 30 Growing Our Wisdom





Everyone welcome!

$10 per person. Drop-ins welcome.


Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. Beacon, NY



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Gen Kelsang Chenma

Gen Kelsang Chenma

Gen Chenma was ordained by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 2004 and has been studying and practicing Kadam Dharma for over 25 years. Her teaching style is down to earth and practical with light humor and joy, helping students to apply Dharma easily in their daily lives.

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.