Meditation in Skagit County

MONDAYS, 7:00-8:30PM

Meditation in Skagit Valley is a growing community of beginning and experienced meditators exploring the benefits of meditation and the true causes of happiness. We are a branch of Kadampa Meditation Center Washington in Seattle and offer the teachings of Kadampa Buddhism.

You do not need to be Buddhist to benefit from these teachings – everyone can benefit from a more peaceful mind!

Class SCHEDULE

Monday Meditation Classes ($10/$5 seniors & youth)
Skagit Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 W. Section St, Mount Vernon, WA
7pm – 8:30pm

December 21 – No class – break
December 28 – No class – break

Learn to Settle the Mind

January 4 – Posture and Motivation
January 11 – Conditions that Enable Concentration
January 18 – How to Deal with Distractions
January 25 – How to Progress in Meditation

Create a Meaningful Life

February 1 – Focus on our Potential
February 8 – The Impermanent Nature of Things
February 15 – Where Do We Seek Refuge?
February 22 – Learning to Abandon Harm
February 29 – The Secret of Mindfulness

Nirvana and Patience

March 7 – The 4 Noble Truths
March 14 – Understanding our Anger
March 21 – Is That Really Patience?
March 28 – Seeing Difficulties Differently

April 4 – Being Patient with Ourself
April 11 – Dealing with Criticism

Engaged Compassion

April 18 – Becoming a Bodhisattva
April 25 – Exchanging Self and Others

May 2 – A Universal Compassion
May 9 – Taking and Giving
May 16 – Giving & Moral Discipline
May 23 – Patience
May 30 – Effort

June 6 – Concentration
June 13 – Wisdom

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In this busy, chaotic world it is very important for our day to day happiness and peace that we learn how to control our mind. This is a practical course designed to show us how to apply simple meditation techniques and basic Buddhist psychology in the midst of a normal, modern lifestyle. Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience is necessary.

Class is $10, $5 for students/seniors (cash, check, Visa or Mastercard). Free for supporting members. We are a non-profit organization and teachers are volunteers.

James Lane is a longtime Buddhist and student on the Teacher Training Program. James is widely appreciated for his deep faith and the strong effort he applies to his spiritual practice.

“Sometimes my delusions are strong and sometimes they are weak. This indicates that they are impermanent. If they can be reduced temporarily, they can be eradicated altogether; so why can I not attain liberation? Buddha said that everyone has Buddha nature. If I rely sincerely upon my Spiritual Guide and practice sincerely what he or she teaches me there is no reason why I cannot attain enlightenment. With my mind empowered by my Guru’s blessings I can accomplish anything.” – How to Understand the Mind 

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Skagit Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
500 West Section Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273-1203

Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from this class? No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. The teachings are suitable for everyone, regardless of faith, background or experience.

Do I need to come to the entire series? No, each class is self contained and offered on a drop-in basis. Come to as many classes as you like.

What do I need to bring to class? If you wish to take notes, bring a pen and notepad.

How should I dress for class? Come as you are.