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Join the Thubten Kunga family for a day-long meditation retreat. Freed from calls, texts, social media and videos, it will be like a day at the spa for our inner selves. Jacie Keeley will guide us in methods to settle distractions into the natural stillness of the mind, creating conditions to explore the potential of our minds and hearts. If you have attended our Sunday talks or Discovering Buddhism classes, this is a great way to deepen your familiarity through experiential understanding. There will be two sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon, with adequate break times. Students may attend the full day, or morning or afternoon sessions. Please arrive on time. You may wish to make oﬀerings such as light, incense and ﬂowers. Note: This is a phone, video, radio and computer free day. Suitable for all levels. Please bring your own lunch (lunch break is from 12 - 1pm). Suggested donation $40. Members $25, half day $20
At its simplest, meditation is a way of conditioning our mind to cultivate beneficial thoughts and emotions, and minimize harmful thoughts and emotions. Meditation from a Buddhist perspective begins with an understanding that the nature of mind is kind, compassionate, and at peace with itself. Disturbing thoughts that appear within our minds are seen as transient, and unrelated to our mind’s true nature. Meditation is a practical, proven cause of the lasting happiness all of us have the potential to achieve. Our Sunday drop-in sessions provide an ideal environment for new students to learn how to meditate, and for seasoned meditators to deepen their practice. $5 suggested donation, free for members.
Join us for a very special event - this week's practical Tools for Happiness session will be presented by Yangsi Rinpoche. Yangsi Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun at the age of six. Rinpoche trained in the traditional monastic system for over twenty five years, and practiced as a monk until the age of 35. In 1995, he graduated with the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa from Sera Je Monastery in India. In 1998, having the particular wish to benefit Western students, Rinpoche came to the West to teach extensively. He founded Maitripa College in 2005 in Portland, Oregon. Suggested donation $15
Join us for this five-week introductory course on Buddhist meditation, meant for complete beginners. It provides an overview of meditation and basic techniques, including breathing meditation, mindfulness meditation, visualization meditation and analytical meditation in the context of Tibetan Mahayana tradition. Taught by Jacie Keeley, the course will explain the types of skills we develop in meditation and how these are useful in our daily lives. $100 for all five classes (or $20 per class, but attendance to the full course is encouraged). Pay one time and return for a Meditation 101 refresher course for free!