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Meet like-minded people interested in meditation near you! Learn how to meditate or deepen your current meditation practice. The meditations we emphasize is the ease in which they can be used both “on the cushion” and in our daily lives.

Each meeting will include practical meditation, and a talk on how to reduce stress and other problems encountered in daily life and how to increase mental and physical well-being. There will also be plenty of time to discuss the ideas presented. Although the meditations and talks are based on Kadampa Buddhist philosophy, you don't need to be a Buddhist to enjoy this group or benefit from our meditations.

Kadampa Buddhism (http://kadampa.org/buddhism/kadampa-buddhism) stresses a spiritual path of individual transformation and to look within ourselves for the inner peace and happiness we seek. Everyone is welcome!

For more information visit: MeditationInSouthCaroling.org (http://meditationinsouthcaroling.org/)

Upcoming events (5)

Authentic Self-Respect

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Solving Problems with Empathy and Understanding Sundays 10:30 - 11:45am (and available until the following week) This is an Online Class - Watch from the comfort of your home! When things go wrong in our life we’re often quick to blame other people or difficult circumstances. But the real object of blame is a mistaken view of ourself that perceives our limitations and vulnerabilities where none exist. We can find real freedom once we identify the inner trouble-maker and stop engaging in negative mental habits. And we can deepen our pure love and connection to others through empathy and understanding. Learn simple and practical advice from Buddha on developing a good heart in these challenging times. This class includes guided meditation and a teaching with Buddhist Nun Kelsang Jangchen. June 28 — Escaping the Ego July 5 — Authentic Self-Respect July 12 — Dealing Constructively with Conflict (A Special Livestreamed event with guest teacher Gen Tenzin) July 19 — Profound Empathy, Changing Our Perspective Each Class is $10 (free for members) Classes are offered online during class hours but will continue to be available for viewing until the following Sunday class. Click on the link below to sign up and pay. https://meditationinsouthcarolina.org/product/solving-problems-with-empathy-and-understanding/

The Power of Kindness (12)

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The stages of the path to enlightenment, or Lamrim in Tibetan, is the backbone of Kadampa Buddhism. Lamrim is a special set of instructions that includes all the essential teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni arranged in such a way that all his Hinayana and Mahayana teachings can be put into practice in a single meditation session. It was compiled by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha, who was invited to Tibet by King Jangchub Ö in AD 1042, and who spent the rest of his life there spreading pure Dharma. First we must understand the value of Lamrim. Then by joyfully and patiently doing the meditations we shall gradually experience the fruits of Lamrim practice. Eventually we shall attain freedom from all suffering and the unchanging peace and happiness of enlightenment. TWENTY-ONE MEDITATIONS There are 21 Lamrim meditations, which are usually practiced in a three-week cycle as a daily meditation practice: 1 Our precious human life 2 Death and impermanence 3 The danger of lower rebirth 4 Refuge practice 5 Actions and their effects 6 Developing renunciation for samsara 7 Developing equanimity 8 Recognizing that all living beings are our mothers 9 Remembering the kindness of living beings 10 Equalizing self and others 11 The disadvantages of self-cherishing 12 The advantages of cherishing others 13 Exchanging self with others 14 Great compassion 15 Taking 16 Wishing love 17 Giving 18 Bodhichitta 19 Tranquil abiding 20 Superior seeing 21 Relying upon a Spiritual Guide These meditations, along with instructions on how to practice them and essential background material, can be found in The New Meditation Handbook. This class includes guided meditation and a teaching with Buddhist Nun Kelsang Jangchen on one of these 21 Lamrim meditations each Monday. June 29 — Escaping the Ego (11) July 6 — The Power of Kindness (12) July 13 — Walking in Someone Else's Shoes (13) July 20 — Universal Compassion (14) Class is $5 (free for members) Classes are offered online during class hours but will continue to be available for viewing until the following Monday class. Click on the link below to sign up. https://meditationinsouthcarolina.org/product/meditations-on-the-path-to-enlightenment

Protecting our Karma

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New Series: Peaceful and Harmonious Relationships Wednesdays 7 pm (and available for viewing until the following week) This is an Online Class - Watch from the comfort of your home! July 1 — Choosing Compassion July 8 — Protecting our Karma July 15 — Healing Jealousy July 22 — The Power of Respect Do you sometimes find yourself in situations where it seems impossible to keep a happy mind? We may feel hurt by someone we love, or struggle to not get annoyed at those we live or work with. When we feel harmed by someone, our habitual reactions may be upset, stress, anger and a wish to retaliate. But over time we can see that these responses don’t lead to the peaceful or harmonious relationships we want. Kelsang Jangchen will explore methods that allow us to be free from anger and resentment, without repressing our feelings or taking them out on others. The practice of patient acceptance, when combined with wisdom and compassion, is the most direct and effective way to work with our unhappy feelings, learn from them, and then heal our mind and our heart so that we can finally get some peace. This weekly class is based on the book How to Solve Our Human Problems by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Each Class is $10 (free for members) Classes are offered online during class hours but will continue to be available for viewing until the following Sunday class. Click on the link below to sign up and pay. https://meditationinsouthcarolina.org/product/peaceful-and-harmonious-relationships

A World Gone Mad - A Buddhist Perspective on Chaos and Conflict

A World Gone Mad A Buddhist Perspective on Chaos and Conflict July 11, 10am-1pm with Guest Speaker Gen Tenzin Livestream and on demand for 48 hours In these changing and turbulent times, we all face challenges and disruptions to our normal routines and relationships, which can lead us to feeling worry and insecurity. During this special half day course, we will experience the power of meditation to calm our mind and to create a positive outlook so we can face our daily challenges with self-confidence. Buddha taught that our mind has the power to shape our reality. We will learn to make our mind happy as well as learn to calm ourselves when we feel upset. These meditations have been used for thousands of years and have helped many people find freedom from anxiety and worry. Schedule: 10:00-11:15am 11:45am-1:00pm Cost $25 (member discounts apply) to learn more and register click link below. https://meditationinsouthcarolina.org/Gen-Tenzin-July-2020

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Choosing Compassion

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