New Series: How to Understand the Mind
Wednesdays · 7-8:30pm with Gen Samten Kelsang & Kadam Kyle
April: How to Understand the Mind
How to Understand the Mind by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is an extraordinary book – at once practical and profound. Wherever you are on your spiritual path, this book is indispensable.
It offers a deep insight into our mind and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.
The first part is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind. We learn how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.
The series will span many months and will look at every chapter in part one of this precious book. Everyone is welcome to take part in this series whenever they like. Drop-ins welcome.
$10 per person
Dinner served in Main House 6-6:45pm – $7
Class Dates & Topics
Who can join online?
Live-streaming classes ONLY for residents of this local area (NY state, eastern PA, northern NJ, and western CT) and for those who would normally attend these onsite classes at the temple or our branch locations. If you do not currently attend a Kadampa center and do not live in this area, you can find a local center here
If you are a Kadampa student who does not regularly attend KMC New York’s classes or spiritual program, please DO NOT book. Please book weekly classes through your center.
This class is only available live and not available as an on-demand replay
Resident Teacher KMC NY
Gen Samten Kelsang is an ordained Buddhist monk and is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center New York. He has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students.
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.