MONDAYS, 7 - 8:30PM
with Joseph Giacona
Meditation in Williamsburg
Our classes begin on time, please arrive 10-15 mins early.
$15 per class or Free for Supporting Members
Please feel free to drop in on a class-by-class basis.
Classes are held every week unless otherwise stated.
No special clothing is required. No pre-registration required.
GENERAL CLASS STRUCTURE:
Simple guided breathing / relaxation meditation (20-25 minutes).
Practical teaching on meditation in conjunction with the specific class topic (40-45 minutes).
Discussion / Questions & Answers (15 -20 minutes).
General Info About Our Classes & Class Format
New Series: A Life Beyond Anger
A LIFE BEYOND ANGER
This is a great opportunity for those looking to create deep and lasting change to go deeper into Buddha’s profound teachings on eradicating anger.
Monday, April 8 or Wednesday, April 10: Self-hatred vs. Self-love
Monday, April 15 or Wednesday, April 17: Transforming Pain and Hurt
Monday, April 22 or Wednesday, April 24: Responding Skillfully to Conflict
Monday, April 29 or Wednesday, May 1: The Power of Love
Monday May 6th: Freedom from Discouragement
Monday May 13th : The Confidence to Change
Monday May 20th : The Art of Acceptance
Monday May 27th : NO CLASS / HOLIDAY
Monday June 3rd : Uprooting the Self-Centered Mind
Monday June 10th : Becoming a Friend to the World
THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGER
In situations of conflict, we tend to become angry easily. We even think anger will help us ‘win our battles’, and we rely on it as if it were our trusted friend. The mind of anger, however, creates enemies and overwhelming situations. It leaves a trail of broken relationships, shattered hopes and lost opportunities in its wake.
And it doesn’t even feel good. Far from it, anger demoralizes and disempowers us. Even if, in the beginning, there’s a sense that our anger energizes us, eventually it leaves us feeling frustrated and resentful.
There’s a reason for this. According to Buddha anger is a delusion, an unpeaceful mind that can only produce suffering. It does this by distorting our perception, causing us to exaggerate problems so they feel unmanageable. Consequently, so much of our life feels impossible, which makes us even more angry and unhappy, both with ourselves and others.
USING MEDITATION TO CREATE TRANSFORMATION
If we were truly peaceful inside and had our mind under control, difficult people or circumstances would not be able to disturb this peace, and so we would feel no compulsion to blame anyone or regard them as our enemy.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Solve Our Human Problems
According to Buddha, if we want to be truly happy, we need to free ourself from the destructive influence of anger.
By meditating on the methods taught by Buddha we will be able to transform the energy of anger into a creative response that opens us up to resolutions and new possibilities.
Through this, we will be able to leave our habits of anger behind once and for all, and step into a new identity – someone who is always peaceful, happy, confident, beneficial, wise, and kind, regardless of our circumstances.