Meditation cushions

MEDITATIONS OPEN TO ALL

Calm Abiding

Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. and one Sunday every month at 9:00 a.m.
This meditation is common to many traditions of Buddhism. In this practice, we rest our attention on a simple meditative support, such as the breath. Instead of following thoughts and emotions as we usually do, we release them and maintain our connection to the support.

“From this practice, we can experience a stable and calm mind. We learn to maintain and return to a sense of stillness, no matter what our outer circumstances. The mind is relaxed, alert and aware. The results of this practice are serenity, freedom in the face of circumstances and ultimately, Buddhahood.”

From Meditation for Beginners, by Bokar Rinpoche

Tonglen: Taking and Sending Practice

One Sunday every month at 9:00 a.m.
The foundational perspective of Tonglen practice is to consider all beings as our kin, because we and all beings share the wish to be happy and avoid suffering. From that common perspective, we aspire to utilize our natural great heart of compassion to relieve beings of suffering and bring them genuine happiness.

The guided Tonglen meditation begins with consideration and transformation of our own sufferings, and moves us outward to encompass the reality of others’ situation.

Chenrezig

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Chenrezig meditation is a part of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It is a chanting practice that utilizes visualization and mantra as the means to cultivate and strengthen the kindness and compassion that is native to us.

Green Tara

Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m.
Green Tara meditation is a melodic visualization and mantra practice that strengthens our natural fearlessness.

Open Meditation

Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the silence of the sanctuary during the Tuesday midday open meditation.

TIBETAN BUDDHIST MEDITATIONS REQUIRING EMPOWERMENT AND INSTRUCTION

Mahakala

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
Mahakala practice is a chanting practice that cultivates the energy of wrathful compassion to cut through our obstacles and obscurations. This meditation may be witnessed by anyone, but one must receive the empowerment and instruction in order to join in the practice.

Four Deities

Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.
This purification practice is rarely done in American meditation centers, but was the gift of His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche to KSC in the 1980s.

Milarepa

This meditation creates a connection with the great yogi of Tibet, Milarepa. The practice is done seasonally and at Tibetan New Year.

Sukhasiddhi

One Saturday every month at 10:00 a.m.
This long-life meditation utilizes a relationship with the fully realized lady of wisdom, Sukhasiddhi, who was a primary source of the Shangpa lineage.

Sur Chö

Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
This is a fire offering practice of purification.


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