Meditation in Skagit County

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

Special Event Monday April 3, 6:30pm: Free Meditation Workshop at Skagit Food Co-op

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

 
2017

January 2 – The Perfection of Giving
January 9 – The Perfection of Moral Discipline
January 16 – The Perfection of Patience
January 23 – The Perfection of Effort
January 30 – The Perfection of Concentration (this class only: held at Skagit Valley Co-op
202 South First Street, Downtown Mount Vernon)

How to Transform Your Life

April 3 – 6:30pm at Skagit Valley Food Co-op – A Common Spiritual Practice for Everyone: A daily spiritual practice
April 10 – Meaningful Objects: Three essential trainings
April 17 – Learning to Cherish Others part 1: The kindness of others
April 24 – Learning to Cherish Others part 2: The benefits of cherishing others
May 1 – Enhancing Cherishing Love part 1: Seeing the good in others
May 8 – Enhancing Cherishing Love part 1: Freedom from fault-finding
May 15 – Enhancing Cherishing Love part 3: Developing humility
May 22 – Exchanging Self with Others part 1: Our ideas of self and others
May 29 – Exchanging Self with Others part 2: Exchanging self with others
June 5 – Great Compassion: Compassion for all
June 12 – Wishing Love: Love without attachment
June 19 – Taking and giving
June 26 – The supreme good heart
July 10 – Ultimate Bodhichitta: Profound wisdom

Mount Vernon 2017 classes will be based on How To Transform Your Life by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Now available as a free ebook here. Following this book while attending classes will enrich your meditation experience.

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.