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This is an excellent opportunity for visitors or people new to meditation to get to know our meditation center a little better. Come and ask questions about our different programs, classes and volunteer opportunities. Everyone is welcome to this free event that recurs weekly. Any questions please message me or go to our website. (http://www.meditationintampabay.org)
Without first developing inner peace, world peace will remain impossible to achieve. We all have within us the potential for peace and happiness. Cultivating this potential creates the harmony we seek. Classes include clear teachings, meditations, and prayers for world peace. We offer Kids meditation classes (http://meditationintampabay.org/weekly-meditation-classes/classes-at-the-center/kids-meditation-class/) simultaneously to this class
Happiness is a joyful state of mind. In his teachings, Buddha explained all the different levels of joy and how to cultivate them. In this series of classes, teachers will share some practical advice on how to develop and protect your mind of joy. In this way you can learn to be happy all the time. What to Expect at a Class: We meditate sitting on chairs to ensure that everyone is comfortable. There is no physical exercise involved. The rooms are modern, well lit and in an established community building. After welcoming everyone, the meditation Teacher introduces the subject of the evening and then guides a simple relaxation meditation. This usually involves focusing on the breath and letting all your worries and troubles slip away for a while. The meditation Teacher will give a brief explanation of a Buddhist topic which is of practical benefit to our daily life. Then the Teacher will lead another guided meditation, this time focusing on the meaning of the talk. Afterward there is an opportunity for informal discussion to ask questions of the Teacher and clarify any issues that may have arisen. After the class you can usually talk with the Teacher, the assistant and other students directly. People from all walks of life attend the classes—young and old, religious and non-religious. Some simply want to learn how to meditate, others want to find out more about Buddhism; the classes cater for both. Meditation classes are evening based and no pre-booking is required. What Do I Wear? There is no need for any special attire. You may sit in a chair or on a cushion, so just wear whatever is comfortable for sitting. As a courtesy to others, please avoid wearing strong perfumes or other scents, and ensure that your cellphone is silenced before class begins. What Do I Bring? Nothing is required, though many people like to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Learn the basics and lay the foundation for an effective and joyful meditation practice. Discover how meditation can help us de-stress, solve our problems, and make our lives more satisfying. The Lamrim instructions are easy to understand and practice, and provide us with a thorough and systematic experience of all the Buddha’s instructions that we can readily apply to solving the problems of daily life. Lamrim means “the stages of the path to enlightenment.” It is a special set of instructions that is the synthesis of all of Buddha Shakyamuni’s 84,000 teachings. With a deep experience of Lamrim, there will be no basis for these problems. Eventually, we shall attain freedom from all suffering, and the unchanging peace and happiness of enlightenment.