Meditations on the Six Stages of Mahamudra
Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm with Gen Samten
“When you know your own mind, you will become a Buddha. You should not look for Buddhahood elsewhere.” This quote from Buddhist scriptures is essential and empowering. Instead of externalizing our enlightenment as something far away, we can know that enlightenment, or awakening to our full potential, involves simply knowing our own mind!
Our mind is with us all day, everyday, but if someone asked us “what exactly is your mind?” we may not have a clear answer. The famous and beloved practice, The Six Stages of Mahamudra, is a scientific method to experientially know our own mind in the deepest way. We will see it’s true nature, function, and how it creates our experience of reality. In addition, knowing our mind gives us an incredible power to work with our painful thoughts and move them in a better direction.
$10 per class (Free for Members)
NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE
August 25 Calming and Focusing Your Mind
September 1 Relate to Your Mind as Peaceful and Spacious
September 8 The Immense Power of your Mind
September 15 The Four Stages of Effective Meditation
September 22 How to Meditate on Your Subtle Mind
September 29 How to Meditate on Your Very-Subtle Mind
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 available for replay for 24 hours after it goes live
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.