Meditation Class in Rio Rancho
Eight Steps to Happiness
March 21 – April 25
Tuesdays, 6 – 7:30 pm
$10 per class
Experience a type of happiness that doesn’t depend on external conditions and comes from inner peace. By relying on meditation and practical Buddhist wisdom, we can maintain a happy, balanced mind, even in difficult situations.
In this series of meditation classes we will meditate on eight beautiful verses that comprise one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind. Written by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa, this short poem shows how we can transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights.
“Transforming adverse conditions into the path is vital in these degenerate times because we are constantly surrounded by difficulties, like a candle flame exposed to the wind, blown first from this direction, then from that. There is no way of avoiding difficult situations, but if we can change our attitude toward them they will no longer be problems for us. Instead of allowing adversities to make us unhappy and discouraged we can use them to enhance our experience of the stages of the spiritual path, and thereby maintain a pure and peaceful mind all the time.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in The New Eight Steps to Happiness
May 2nd – Making life meaningful
May 9th – Happiness from a different source
May 16th – Gather all blame into one
May 23rd – Don the protective mind of compassion
May 30th – How to transform adverse conditions
June 6th – The power of patient acceptance
June 13th – How to purify your mind of negativity
June 20th – Developing the supreme good heart
June 27th – Attaining lasting inner freedom.
About the teacher
David Craft is a practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism with many years of meditative experience. He presents Buddha’s teachings with warmth and clarity and is appreciated for his loving kindness and his inspiring example of a modern Buddhist practitioner.
Can’t make it to this series? No worries, these classes continue throughout the year, with each series focusing on a different topic. Each class is taught in a way that even if you haven’t been to the previous classes in the series, you will learn something that you can apply in your daily life.
Everyone welcome! Drop in to any class.