Non-DENOMINATIONAL MEDITATION INSTRUCTION | Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm
Calm abiding meditation (sometimes called Shinay or mindfulness meditation) requires the mental factors of attention, mindfulness, alertness, and concentration. The basic practice involves gently and repeatedly focusing the mind on either an object, such as a symbol, or one's own breath, or simply resting the mind in emptiness. Calm-abiding meditation is helpful in reducing stress and cultivating a less anxious approach to one's daily life.
A member of our local Sangha will present the basics of this meditation practice which can be used within many religious contexts. Calm-abiding meditation is similar to certain Christian practices such as centering prayer, for example, and we welcome participation from Buddhists and non-Buddhists.
BEGINNER'S BUDDHISM | Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm
These teachings form the core of the Buddhist path. These basic concepts are the first steps for all Buddhist practitioners. We are fortunate to have our teacher Khenpo Samdrup to offer these teachings and participate in the discussion. The atmosphere is both informal and casual and covers topics such as Karma Cause and Effect, Bodhicitta and the Three Vehicles. The hour consists of a teaching on a particular topic along with open discussion with plenty of time for questions and answers. It is important to have a solid foundation to fully understand the continuing path of Buddhism and this is the perfect, open atmosphere in which to begin.
NEWCOMER’S ORIENTATION | Sunday 9:00am-9:45am
This is a time for those who are interested in Buddhism and/or meditation but don’t know where to start. The orientation will introduce you to the center and help you to understand what type of programming Gar Drolma offers. There will be discussion about the basic beliefs of Buddhism and includes a short calm-abiding meditation instruction as well as a time to answer any questions.