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

 
Fall 2016
August 29 – Highlights from the Summer Festival
What is Mahamudra

September 5 – Labor Day Holiday – No Class

The Keys to Effective Meditation
September 12 – How to begin meditation – Posture, motivation, breathing meditation, compassion meditation
September 19 – How to make progress in meditation – Preliminary practices, 7 limbs
September 26 – Taking meditation off the cushion – 7 limbs and meditation break practice
October 3 – Deepening our practice – The five forces
October 10 -To be announced

Mindfulness
October 17 – What is Karma? – Definition and general characteristics
October 24 – Actions and their effects – Virtuous and non-virtuous action, 4 types of effects
October 31 – Making our actions powerfuf – Factors in the power of any actions, and severity of actions
November 7 – Healing the past, moving forward – The four opponent powers, purification
November 14 – Benefiting others – Giving and benefiting others
November 21 – Mindfulness & wisdom – Refuge practice, three jewels
The 3 Principal Aspects of the Path
November 28 – Dreaming of nirvana – Renunciation and the wish for liberation
December 5 – A supreme good heart – Bodhichitta
December 12 – The ultimate nature of things – Emptiness

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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.