Saturday Meditation Workshops
Saturdays from 10am-1pm
Cost: $20 per person
These meditation workshops are perfect to help you learn to meditate and gain practical experience with applying meditative thinking to all areas of your life.
Want to stay for the Weekend?
Enjoy a weekend away from the busyness of daily life. Start your getaway with a relaxing meditation and a meal Friday night in the Kadampa World Peace Temple and Café. In the Saturday morning workshop, learn how meditation can help us solve problems in daily life and be happier, followed by a free afternoon to explore the 82 acres of natural woodlands or the charm of the Catskills. Then on Sunday, set a peaceful tone for your return by coming to Prayers for World Peace.
Feel free to register and attend all three together or just attend one.
May 6, 2023 | Overcoming Anxiety
We need to learn what we can and cannot control. When we emphasize controlling our mind instead of just external things, we feel empowered. Anxiety principally occurs when we feel we cannot find happiness inside ourselves, and this can be worked on through training. ln this meditation workshop, we will explore how to accept the anxiety we are dealing with, and kindly work with ourselves and our mind to gradually reduce and eventually abandon it. In particular, we will see how we can use special, time-tested meditation techniques to accomplish this inner freedom.
September 23, 2023 | Making Meditation a Habit
Meditation can seem difficult when its unfamiliar; to get over the initial hurdle, we need to make it a habit. The more we practice, the more we enjoy meditating. This is because we start developing our own sense of centering our awareness and experiencing inner peace. We see for ourselves the deep healing effect it has on our body and our mind, and as a result how much better our relationships are with others. Everything improves when we control over our mind and remains calm. In this talk, we will learn simple and effective techniques to start or enhance our meditation practice that will stick with us throughout our life.
November 4, 2023: Opening the Heart
The heart is where our power lies. To protect themselves, people often close and harden their hearts. This is a disservice to ourselves and others! We don’t need to be afraid. Instead, we should learn how to tap into the reservoir of strength inside of us through meditation. In this course, we will see how to develop our love by reflecting on our joint interconnectedness and allowing a love based on gratitude to arise. There will be simple, accessible meditations and plenty of time to enjoy the peace of inner stillness. Everyone welcome!
August 19, 2023 | How to Deeply Relax
Peace doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be at peace even when our circumstances seem difficult. When our mind is peaceful we feel happy regardless of what surrounds us. Through becoming familiar with meditations that help our mind to relax we can enjoy our life without depending on the situations around us going the way we want them to all the time. This is true relaxation.
November 25, 2023: Stand Up to Anger
Stand up to anger. Learn the art of acceptance. Patient acceptance is not gritting our teeth and putting up with things. Instead, it means learning to wholeheartedly welcome whatever arises in our life. Instead of constantly getting upset about inconveniences and running away from difficulties, we can learn to respond confidently and strongly to whatever challenges we encounter. The teachings on how to practice patient acceptance dissolve away the intensity of our anger. We can learn why anger and non-acceptance only cause problems in our life and how to develop an intention to let these experiences go. In addition, we can see where anger comes from psychologically and how to oppose it in a healthy and thorough way.
December 9th, 2023: Training in Adversities
While it may be impossible to avoid difficulties, through training the mind in Buddhist meditation we can use them to our advantage. This workshop will focus on this special practice of transforming adverse conditions into the path. Through this, we can integrate all of our experiences into our spiritual training. Living skillfully and creatively in this way makes our whole life meaningful and joyful.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never been to a meditation class/workshop before.
I've never been to a meditation workshop 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.
What do I need to bring to the meditation workshop/class?
Nothing in particular, but some people like to take notes so you may wish to bring a notepad and pen.
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.
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.
If I’m a complete beginner, should I attend this workshop?
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.
9am-5pm Monday - Friday
47 Sweeney Rd
Glen Spey, NY 12737