According to Buddhism, true and lasting happiness can be experienced by anyone. The causes of this happiness lie within our own mind and there are methods to achieve it. One powerful method is practicing meditation, a way of understanding and caring for our mind. Through meditation, we develop concentration and clear awareness, learn our patterns and habits, and familiarize the mind with positive states such as loving kindness and compassion. Beyond this, in our Mahayana tradition, motivation plays a key role — we meditate for the purpose of attaining enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.
To help students learn how to meditate, and practice with a group, Shantideva Meditation Center offers a weekly meditation series every Tuesday. Whether your aim is to develop concentration, mindfulness and awareness; understand your mind; find calm and inner peace; cultivate good qualities for enlightenment; or just to learn simple meditation techniques — you are welcome to join us.
Shantideva Meditation Center’s Weekly Meditation Series:
At the beginning of the session, we will set our posture, establish our motivation, and focus on the breath. This will be followed by practice in two types of meditation (each for 20 minutes) — single-pointed concentration (shamatha or shinay) and analytical meditation. A facilitator will guide us in these techniques throughout. These sessions will also include a 15-minute discussion period at the end. During the discussion, participants may raise questions, explore answers and share their experiences.
Weekly Meditations will take place every Tuesday unless otherwise announced. There is no need to register, and you are welcome to come earlier (between 6:30 and 7pm) to help set up or get settled. We request that you arrive on time, so as not to disrupt the session.