Selected Saturdays (Nov 16, Jan 25, Feb 29, Mar 28, May 2) at 2pm – 3:30pm
This class is an introduction to meditation and mindfulness that is perfect for everyone! If you’ve ever wanted to start meditating, but didn’t know how, this is the class for you! Or, if you have some experience with meditation but need to ask questions that will help your meditation practice improve and grow, this is also the perfect class for you. Held once/month at KMC Maryland, this introduction is designed for beginners so that you can have a personal experience of meditation and inner peace.
The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.
Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind – blown here and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes unhappy. For example, if we get what we want, such as a new possession or a new partner, we become excited and cling to them tightly. We are like a child making a sand castle who is excited when it is first made, but who becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide. By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.
Cost: $12 / $8 for students, seniors 60+, unemployed / Free for members. You can become a member starting at $40/month and receive discounts while you help to provide a steady level of support for our activities.
Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland, World Peace Temple
900 East Northern Parkway, Baltimore MD 21212