MAKE 2019 YOUR YEAR FOR MEANINGFUL CHANGE
Sign up to attend New Year, New You to learn the Buddhist approach for creating deep and lasting change.
Special Event: Saturday, January 5, 10:30-1:30pm. $25 for both sessions.
5-Week Follow-On Course: attend Monday or Wednesday evenings, beginning January 7 and 9.
7:00-8:30pm. $15 per class.
Special offer: Sign up for the Special Event and 5-week follow-on course for $75 (save $25).
HOW MUCH CAN WE ACTUALLY CHANGE?
One of the big frustrations many people come up against in life is the process of changing.
As a culture we’re all about making new year’s resolutions and aspiring to be better.
Usually for a week or two, our change goes well.
Then the inevitable “slide back” happens, often just a few days after announcing to everyone how much we’ve changed!
In addition, we’ve all heard sayings like “people can’t change” bandied around – which can be discouraging. And as the changes we seek don’t come about we begin to believe this is true.
Soon enough, we become habituated to a notion of wanting to change, yet failing to change, and we start to identify ourselves with these habits – “I’m someone who can’t change”.
So what do we do?
We stop trying, still wanting to change but not believing it’s possible.
What else can we do?
ACCESSING AND CULTIVATING OUR CAPACITY FOR PROFOUND CHANGE
When it comes to change, the Buddhist point of view is incredibly optimistic.
Buddha explained that the reason we find ourselves stuck in limiting patterns of behavior is because we grasp at our nature as fixed and unchanging.
When we try to change from this basis, it’s impossible to sustain.
Meditation teaches us that change is possible. Because it’s possible to change our mind through meditation practice it’s possible for us to begin to let go of the underlying causes of our various compulsions and various self-destructive habits.
Eventually we will discover through meditation that positive change, and even profound change, is in our very nature and that we can absolutely direct ourselves towards becoming the person we wish to be.
SPECIAL EVENT DETAILS
During the special event, we will explore:
How we can let go of our limiting patterns of behavior
How we can respond positively when negativity arises in our life
How we can discover our actual nature from which our true potential arises
This event and course is also offered at our Chelsea location.
OPPORTUNITY TO GO DEEPER: 5-WEEK FOLLOW-ON COURSE
Attend on Monday or Wednesday nights at our Williamsburg location.
Integrating Buddhist wisdom into our worldview takes time and practice. In this 5-week follow-on course, we’ll have the opportunity to explore more deeply the process of change and how to apply meditation and wisdom teachings to create lasting change.
The follow-on course schedule includes:
Monday, January 7/Wednesday, January 9: Meditation and Profound Change
Monday, January 14/Wednesday, January 16: Our Astounding Potential
Monday, January 21/Wednesday, January 23: Are you Thinking Big Enough?
Monday, January 28/Wednesday, January 30: Transforming Problems into Opportunities
Monday, February 4/Wednesday, February 6: Joyful Life, Meaningful Life
$25 for the Special Event, followed by $15 per class, or buy the Special Event and 5-week follow-on course for $75 (save $25).
OUR TEACHERS FOR THE SPECIAL EVENT & FOLLOW-ON COURSES
France is a technology executive who has lead teams with hundreds of software engineers. He regularly teaches meditation and Buddhism classes in Jersey City and has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over 15 years. His teachings emphasize integrating Buddhist wisdom into daily life, especially into the workplace.
Joseph first met Buddhism in 1992 while attending university. After meeting Geshe Kelsang in 2001, he began classes at KMC-NYC where he joined the Teacher Training Program, a comprehensive study and meditation program. Joseph has a thorough understanding of Modern Buddhism and has attended regular meditation retreats. He began leading meditation classes in Williamsburg in 2005 and is well-known for his engaging and humorous teaching style.
Julian found meditation and Kadampa Buddhism in Sarasota, Florida in college. Friendships that developed over a diverse cross-section of people studying Buddhism and meditation is what drew her in initially, and that love of the community continues today. Since moving to NYC in 2011, Julian devoted herself to helping the main Kadampa Meditation center in Chelsea grow by volunteering and serving as the Education Program Coordinator. She describes her teaching style as very low key, honest, and chill. She feels that the unique characteristic of Kadampa Buddhism is it's clarity and focus on developing experiential wisdom, and that there's no better way to improve our day-to-day happiness.