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 7:00-8:30pm and January 9 7:30-9:00pm. $15 per class.
Special offer: Sign up for the Special Event and 5-week follow-on course for $75 (save $25).
PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday Evening Classes Resume on Wednesday January 9th, 2019 with this new series. See you in the new year!
HOW MUCH CAN WE ACTUALLY CHANGE?
““It is definitely possible to change our basis of identification – it just depends upon our motivation and our familiarity.”
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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
““If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind.”
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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 with Joseph Giacona / Wednesday, January 9 with Julian Corvin: Meditation and Profound Change
Monday, January 14 with Joseph Giacona / Wednesday, January 16 with Julian Corvin: Our Astounding Potential
Monday, January 21 with Joseph Giacona / Wednesday, January 23 with Julian Corvin: Are you Thinking Big Enough?
Monday, January 28 with Joseph Giacona / Wednesday, January 30 with TBD: Transforming Problems into Opportunities
Monday, February 4 with Joseph Giacona / Wednesday, February 6 with Daniel Koren: 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 classes begin on time, please arrive 5-10 minutes early.
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
Regular Classes every Wednesday unless otherwise noted. Please return to this page to check for cancellations due to weather etc.
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.