Howland Cultural Center
477 Main St. Beacon, NY
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Eight Steps to Happiness
Thursdays · 7-8:30pm with Christian Gauthier
Move from a sense of isolation to connection. Based on the famous collection of wisdom “Eight Verses of Training the Mind”, the book Eight Steps to Happiness is a sequential presentation of meditations that allow us to develop our love and compassion in accessible and practical ways.
Within this course, we will examine how to practice these meditations amidst our busy life and see how to de-stress, improve our acceptance of ourself and others, and develop the courageous mind of compassion.
$10 per person. Drop-ins welcome
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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.