General Program Class Series
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The Practice of Lamrim
The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment
MEDITATION & BUDDHISM CLASSES
Follow inner paths that lead to lasting happiness.
Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, appeared in this world in 624 BC. Just as doctors give different medicine for people with different illnesses, so Buddha gave different teachings for people with different problems and capacities. In all he gave 84,000 different types of teaching, or dharma.
One of the most important of these is the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, which in Tibetan has twelve volumes translated from Sanskrit. To help us understand how to integrate these teachings into our daily life, the Buddhist Master Atisha wrote Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, also know as the Stages of the Path, or Lamrim in Tibetan. This summer we will study Lamrim.
Each Tuesday and Thursday night a different meditation will be offered from the Meditation Handbook or Lamrim. You will be guided in the commentary so you can understand the meaning of the teaching, then you will be guided through the actual meditation.
Tuesday and Thursday Nights
7:15 to 9:15pm
Classes continue from
June 19th to August 16th, both at the
Center in Hermosa Beach
(click here for Schedule and Meditation)
What can I expect in each class?
Each class is two hours long and is broken down into several sections. We start with an introduction to the topic to be covered. We then still our minds with a guided 10 minute breathing meditation. It is followed by a 50 minute commentary on the actual meditation practice, then 15 minute guided meditation on the topic that was covered, a 15 minute intra-class discussion and closing with 15 minutes for questions and answers.
Classes are designed to be self contained and
can be enjoyed on a drop-in basis
"It is very important to be able to distinguish unpeaceful states of mind from peaceful states. States of mind that disturb our inner peace, such as anger, jealousy, and desirous attachment are called "delusions". These are the principal causes of all our suffering.... The essence of Dharma practice is to reduce and eventually completely eradicate our delusions, and to replace them with peaceful virtuous states of mind. This is the main purpose of training in meditation."
Introduction to Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
We will study these ideas and others in detail throughout the class series.
Cost: $12 per class
Where are the Classes Held?
(click on a location below)