Wednesdays 7 – 8:00 pm
with Maria Erickson
Our meditation classes teach simple, practical meditation techniques based on the teachings of Kadampa Buddhism. Their intent is to help people to gain a personal experience of inner peace, overcome their daily problems and find real happiness in their hearts.
All of our General Program classes are suitable for everyone—from brand new beginners to experienced meditators—and consist of guided meditations, a talk and discussion. Classes are grouped into series of 4-6 weeks, focusing on a theme or meditation technique.
Each class is self contained so you can just drop in and enjoy. They provide an ideal introduction to meditation and Buddhism, teaching effective and practical methods for overcoming problems and increasing happiness in daily life.
Current SeriesEight Steps To Happiness (8 week course)
The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness
This meditation series will be a fantastic way to fill your heart with positive thoughts, good intentions, and clear wisdom. By following simple step by step meditations you will have the opportunity to connect with your own potential for inner peace and equip yourself with special practical methods for keeping a happy and positive mind in daily life.
The focus of these classes will be one of Buddhism's best loved teachings: Eight Verses of Training The Mind by the famous Buddhist meditator Geshe Langri Tangpa. These eight verses reveal powerful meditations that awaken our potential for loving kindness, compassion, and wisdom. They also teach us how we can transform life's difficulties into powerful spiritual insights and in a way that enables us to remain calm and positive in the face of adversity—a skill we all need to develop.
Weekly TopicsMay 31 - july 26
1st verse: Cherishing Love
2nd verse: Enhancing Cherishing Love
3rd verse: Exchanging Self with Others
4th verse: Great Compassion
5th verse: Wishing Love
6th verse: Accepting Defeat & Offering the Victory
7th verse: Taking & Giving
8th verse: The Precious Mind of Bodhichitta
1950 Second Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713