Wednesdays in Mt Vernon

This weekly drop-in class is suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. The class includes a gentle, relaxing meditation followed by a practical teaching on some aspect of Buddhist meditation and practice. The session ends with a guided meditation to help us take the teachings into our hearts to improve our lives and relationships with others. With Meditation Teacher, Monica Heiser.

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 9    Coping with Loss
  • Oct 16  Mastering Aging, pain and illness
  • Oct 23  Accepting what we can’t change and changing what we can
  • Oct 30  Subduing Unhappiness about your Circumstances.
  • Nov 6  Eliminating Loneliness           

Victory Over Negative Self  

So often we are our own worst critic, and this also causes us to judge others in a harsh way.  When we focus on finding faults in ourself and others we are creating and fostering unpleasant feelings in our mind, and thus we feel annoyed, depressed, anxious and irritated with the world, and create a self image of being a failure.  Buddha explains how we can stop these bad habits, and substitute ways of thinking that encourage ourself and see the good in ourself and others. This results in our becoming more competent and brings harmony into our relationships.

  • Nov 13  I Am Not My Faults No Class due to venue closure
  • Nov 20  Whose Fault is it?
  • Nov 27  Happy Thanksgiving!  No Class
  • Dec 4     Taking off the Mask
  • Dec 11   The Protection of Clear Decisions
  • Dec 18   The Power of Humility
  • Dec 25 and Dec 31 NO Classes due to Winter Holidays
    Join us at the KMC Maryland Temple on December 24 at 5-6:15pm for Holiday Prayers for a Peaceful World and also on Dec 31 at 7-9:30pm for our Living with Joy New Years Eve Party

Class Time: Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Cost: $12/person ($8 students, seniors 60+, unemployed)

Location: Indiginal Wellness Studio, 213 W. Read Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

monica-cropped.pngMonica Heiser is a student and teacher at KMC Maryland who has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for the past 8 years. While in high school, she became interested in world religions and took a comparative religion class. A senior Buddhist monk spoke to her class, and inspired by his peaceful presence, she decided to go to her local Kadampa Buddhist Center. Since that time, practicing Buddhist teachings have brought Monica incredible joy, inspiration, and meaning to her life and relationships. She is the branch class teacher in Mt. Vernon on Wednesdays as well as the Dharma for Kids Teacher at the temple on Sunday mornings.