Wednesday Evening Meditation

Wednesday Meditation Class:

The Four Noble Truths

Four truths we can live by in a post-truth age

Liberation can be found in the simple activities of our day if we can learn to look at them in the light of the four noble truths. Then ordinary situations – a routine conversation, a challenging confrontation, an enjoyable hike or a relaxing night at home – all become opportunities in which we discover liberation.

To help us do this Buddha taught the iconic Four Noble Truths. These are:
True suffering – what we should know
True origin – what we should abandon
True paths – what we should practice
True cessation – what we should attain

At this time in an AI society divided by opinions and viewpoint many people feel adrift as we move into a post-truth age. We feel a need for direction and something we know is true that we can use to navigate our life by. We need these Four Noble Truths.

In the short term, insight into these brings peace and tranquility into our life. We learn to transform problems into opportunities through the Four Noble Truths. As we let go of worries we find a wise, more enlightened perspective on life, and begin to see more beauty within ourselves, people, and the world around us. We often feen trapped and stuck in our lives but through deepening insight into these truths we discover a true and joyful sense of mental freedom that is priceless. Through longterm practice we will attain the lasting inner peace of liberation.

Schedule

May 15Finding a valuable perspective within uncertainty 
May 22-Enhancing our day through contemplating rebirth
June 5Insights into change
June 12Suffering is the symptom, focus on the cause
June 19 – Creating a lifestyle suitable for spiritual practice 
June 26 –
Cultivating mindfulness in daily life
July 3 –
Concentration and meditation
July 10 –
Growing wisdom 
July 17 –
How to experience the inner peace of true mental freedom 

Fees

Wednesday Class 7-8:30pm  $10
dinner:  6-6:45 pm  $7 
pre-booked for both: $15

Share a Meal

We invite you to share a meal with us and meet our Kadampa Buddhist community! For only $7$ (or $5 pre-booked), you can enjoy a delicious meal with our residential community (including ordained Buddhist monks and nuns) and other class attendees and enjoy meaningful conversations with like-minded people.

All of our meals are vegetarian with vegan and wheat-free options. We use fresh and local products as much as possible. These meals include a main dish, side dish and green salad and are serve-yourself. Our meals are lovingly cooked by volunteers.

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Gen Samten

Gen Samten

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.

Contact Us

Phone

(845) 856-9000
9am-5pm Monday - Friday

Location

47 Sweeney Rd
Glen Spey, NY 12737