What to Expect During a Class
Classes include practical teachings and guided meditations with Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Khyenwang.
Chanted prayers are unguided and include live audio of the prayers and accompanying music.
No experience necessary. The meditation classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators.
What happens in a class?
At the beginning of each class, the teacher will guide a gentle, relaxing meditation in which they will help us to develop a beneficial motivation for attending the class.
Then the teacher will give a practical teaching on some aspect of Buddhist meditation and practice. There is usually time for discussion and questions and answers. The teachers are skilled in helping us to apply Buddha’s advice to our own daily lives with appropriate analogies, stories, reasoning and humor.
The session ends with a guided meditation, designed to help us take the teaching to heart in such a way that we are confident in beginning to practice it on our own.
Having learned some methods for improving our mind, we can continue to train in these meditations and special practices on our own. If we put these methods into practice we will experience our mind gradually becoming more peaceful, our problems diminishing and our relationships improving.
Although the General Program classes are taught as a series, each class is self-contained, so feel free to attend any one.
As all General Program classes are based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, teachers will often reference a particular section of these books. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our familiarity with the topic by engaging in follow-up study.
In order to support the Center financially, class fees are still being charged upon registration. That said, we understand that many are experiencing financial hardship at this time. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Melissa Isabelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.883.5675 if you need to make payment arrangements.
Who can participate
Online offerings are intended for those who live in CT, Western MA, and VT. If you live outside these areas, visit this link to find a Center near you.