Tuesdays are a very special day at KMC Maryland’s Annapolis branch class in West Annapolis. There’s a morning and an evening class that include both meditation and teachings on how to develop and maintain happiness and peace of mind.
Lunchtime Meditation is a half an hour guided meditation class that is suitable for anyone. It’s the perfect way to let the stress and pressure of your day melt away so you can return from your lunch hour feeling refreshed and nourished. The teacher will briefly instruct on the steps of meditation and then introduce a meditation topic; you then have plenty of quiet time to practice the process of meditation and improve your ability to stay focused on your meditation object.
The morning and afternoon classes are taught by KMC Maryland’s resident teacher, Gen Kelsang Chogden, a Western Buddhist nun who has been practicing meditation for over 20 years.
The environment is peaceful, warm and friendly and everyone is welcome! There’s plenty of parking in a large parking lot. And inside there’s a bookstore, a lovely Buddha statue, and always tea or other refreshments.
The Benefits of a Daily Practice
Meditation is a mind that concentrates on beneficial objects and that is the main cause for mental peace. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. If we train our mind to be peaceful, we will be happy all the time, even in adverse conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, then even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we will not be happy. Therefore, it is important to train our mind through meditation.
- Sept 10 Why Meditate?
- Sept 17 Practice Makes Perfect
- Sept 24 Overcoming Obstacles — No 7pm class; but there is a 10:30am class
- Oct 1 No Class, Fall Festival
Dealing with Difficult Situations
If we learn to accept unavoidable suffering, unhappy thoughts will never arise to disturb us. There are many difficult and unpleasant circumstances that we cannot avoid, but we can certainly avoid the unhappiness and anger these circumstances normally provoke in us. It is these habitual reactions to hardship, rather than the hardship itself, that disturb our day-to-day peace of mind, as well as our spiritual practice. When we learn to accept difficult circumstances patiently, the real problem disappears.
- Oct 8 Coping with Loss
- Oct 15 Mastering Aging, pain and illness
- Oct 22 Accepting what we can’t change and changing what we can
- Oct 29 Subduing Unhappiness about your Circumstances.
- Nov 5 Eliminating Loneliness
Class Times & Cost:
10:30am – 11:45am: $12/class ($8 students/seniors/unemployed)
12:15pm – 12:45pm: Lunchtime Meditation $6 (no discounts apply)
7:00pm – 8:15pm: $12/class ($8 students/seniors/unemployed)
You can also become a member starting at $40/month and receive discounts while you help to provide a steady level of support for our activities.
First time coming to the class? Here is what to expect.
KMC-Maryland Annapolis Branch
703 Giddings Ave, Suite U2-B, Annapolis MD 21401
Directions: Enter the parking lot from Ridgely Ave. We are on the 2nd floor of the 703 Giddings Building (up the staircases from the parking lot).