Developing a light and positive mind
Learn to Meditate in Albuquerque
August 25—September 22
Online classes / 5-week meditation course
Tuesdays Midday | 11:30AM–12:45PM
Anxiety is a feeling that is coming from within our mind. But what is causing this feeling? How can we control our mind if we don’t understand what it is? By understanding our mind, we can begin to train in developing and maintaining a light, positive mind and thereby overcome feelings of anxiety, worry, and stress.
In this meditation course, we will be exploring the book How to Understand the Mind in order to understand the way in which the mind functions and how this directly relates to our feelings, thoughts, and actions. First, we will look closely at ways in which we can develop more peaceful and positive minds. Then we will go deeper and look closely at topics like mental factors, delusions, and conceptual and non-conceptual minds and gain a better understanding of our mind. With a better understanding, we can begin to change our experiences by abandoning states of mind that harm us and replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.
Classes will be posted weekly throughout the course and will remain available for viewing anytime. This course is suitable for all levels of experience.
How to Understand the Mind can be purchased from our bookstore. Please contact our Treasurer, Brian Worthen, for details: 505-999-8656. It can also be purchased online at Tharpa.com.
Each class includes guided meditations, teaching, and time for Q&A (not available for online-only classes). A brief introduction of the topic will be presented followed by a guided meditation to settle the mind, the main teaching, and a closing guided meditation.
The main teaching will cover the class topic. It includes an explanation of Buddhist practices and methods to apply them to your daily life through meditation, contemplation, and effort. Reference to particular pages in books may be offered. It is not necessary to have the coursebook in order to benefit, but you may find it helpful. Further reading is always encouraged.
Each teaching ends with another guided meditation specifically to help students take the teaching to heart and be able to begin to practice on their own what they’ve learned in class.
How to Understand the Mind offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.
Presented in two parts, part one of this book is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind. Part two describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind.
It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how, by controlling and transforming our mind, we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.
Access to ONLINE STREAMING
If you are experiencing any problems accessing this course, please call Jeane for help (505-280-1220).
Engage in the same series through our Branch Locations
Finding Common Ground (Sep/Oct)
About the Teacher
Gen Kelsang Chokyan is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center New Mexico. He has been practicing meditation and modern Buddhism for 16 years and teaches with warmth and enthusiasm, showing us how to find peace and happiness in our daily life.
**This class is available ONLINE**