Tuesday Evenings (7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
Meditation Class Series
LET GO OF CRAVING AND ANXIETY ~ FIND CONTENTMENT
“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.”
How to Solve Our Human Problems
CLASSES ON-GOING | DROP IN ANYTIME
VISIT OUR NEW CLASS LOCATION!! CLASSES BEGIN ON TUESDAY EVENINGS 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM STARTING SEPTEMBER 19TH.
9/19/17 - 10/10/17
10/17/17 - 11/14/17
11/21/17 - 12/12/17
The Benefits of Patiently Accepting Unwanted Circumstances
“The real source of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is peaceful, we will be happy all the time, regardless of external conditions, but if it is disturbed or troubled in any way, we will never be happy, no matter how good our external conditions may be. External conditions can only make us happy if our mind is peaceful. We can understand this through our own experience. For instance, even if we are in the most beautiful surroundings and have everything we need, the moment we get angry any happiness we may have disappears. This is because anger has destroyed our inner peace.” ~ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Rinpoche
Series I 9/19/17 – 10/10/17
Power of Meditation – Basics of Meditation Practice, Nature of Problems and Suffering
We will cover the fundamentals of setting up a daily meditation practice, and learn different techniques to calm our “busy and talkative” mind. You will become familiar with the source of your problems, and initiate steps to reduce and eventually eliminate them. Finally, we will begin to examine anger, its faults, and destructive effects.
Fee: $15 per class or $60 for series
Series II 10/17/17 – 11/14/17
Power of Meditation – Introduction to Mental Delusions, Concept of Patient Acceptance
We will be discovering the Tibetan Buddhist meaning of “Delusions”. For instance, delusions encompass concepts such as anger, hatred, ignorance, and jealously. You will learn how the practice of Patient Acceptance can assist you when dealing with your delusions, and offer you a method of generating peace in your life and in the life of others.
Fee: $15 per class or $75 for series
Series III 11/21/17 – 12/12/17
Power of Meditation – Application of Patient Acceptance, Dangers of Anger and Self Cherishing
We will examine how our anger gives us no choice in our action, and that you can STOP your anger, hatred and other harmful delusions. We will discover that retaliation can be reduced and eventually eliminated from our lives. You will be introduced to compassion and how to apply this concept to your daily situations. You will learn how to incorporate these topics into your daily meditation practice.
Fee: $15 per class or $60 for series
General Program Format
Each class is 60 minutes long and is broken down into several sections. We begin with an introduction to the topic covered, then we still our minds with a guided 10 minute breathing meditation. This is followed by a 25 minute commentary on the actual meditation practice, then 10 minute guided meditation on the topic, and 15 minutes of intra-class discussion, questions and answers. After class feel free to stay and visit and discuss with like-minded practitioners.
There are two ways to join these classes:
1) Register for each Series through the Orange Coast College website by clicking link here. Simply choose series, add to cart, and prepay. New Students will be asked to Create New Profile with a username and password.
2) Drop in and simply pay $15 per class, no one is turned away. Each class is self-contained and can be enjoyed on a drop-in basis. Parking permit costs $1.00 per visit and more information is below.
Mahamudra Kadampa Buddhist Center
Orange Coast College
Allied Health Sciences Bldg #105
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Parking Permit $1.00
Beautiful Quote from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
“When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind, they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to be happy all the time and free from problems, we must develop and maintain a peaceful mind. Sufferings, problems, worries, unhappiness and pain all exist within our mind; they are all unpleasant feelings, which are part of the mind. Through controlling and purifying our mind we can stop them once and for all.”
How to Transform Your Life, pp. 10-11