Meditation and Modern Buddhism
The practice of meditation guides us toward an experience of inner peace and happiness from which we will bring more benefit to others. Meditation reduces stress and increases our concentration and, with correct motivation, will lead us to profound spiritual realizations.
at Langley United Methodist Church
Prayer Meditation Room
301 Anthes Avenue
Meditation for Everyone
These practical meditation classes show us how to transform our lives through regular meditation practice. Classes include methods for daily practice that will increase our own inner peace and happiness and, over time, reduce anxiety, anger and other negative states of mind.
at Half Moon Yoga
221 2nd Street
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.
Each class will begin with a breathing meditation, followed by a teaching and a guided meditation on the teaching topic.
Classes are by donation (cash, check, Visa or Mastercard). We are a non-profit organization and the teachers are volunteers.
Meditation and Modern Buddhism on Tuesdays is taught by Gary Rassner-Donovan. Gary is a student on the Teacher Training Program at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington, and has completed several long meditation retreats. His teachings offer both the inspiration of Buddha’s wisdom and practical advice for everyday life. Gary has lived on Whidbey Island for over six years.
Mel Watson teaches Meditation for Everyone on Thursday evenings. Mel is a longtime Buddhist practitioner and a student on the Teacher Training Program at KMC Washington. She is widely admired for her sincere faith and sense of humor. Mel takes a gentle yet practical approach to teaching, making Buddhist topics accessible to everyone, regardless of their experience.
“Happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their causes can’t be found outside of the mind. If we want to be truly happy, we must learn to control our mind.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from these classes? 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.
What is a puja? Pujas are chanted prayers. These are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help to still our mind, connect with the Buddhas, and receive blessings. All prayers are chanted in English. Beginners are welcome!