Sunday Morning Meditations at KMC South Carolina

Class Info

Sundays, 10:30am – 11:45am
with Gen Nyema
at KMC South Carolina (2999 Sunset Blvd., Suite 101, W. Columbia, SC 29169)
Free (Optional donation of $10 or $5 students/seniors or $15/family)

The Product of Our Thoughts:

Understanding Our Mind to Create a Positive, Peaceful WorldProduct of Thoughts - Poster

Most people understand that the quality of their thoughts determines the quality and experience of their whole life.  What we often do not understand, however, is how the mind produces these thoughts or how to change them.  In this class series, we will explore the nature of the mind, how it functions, and how we can change it, one thought at a time.  Once we understand how our mind works, we’ll gain the ability to create more and more positive states of mind, and thereby come to live in a more positive world.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A. Class will end with Prayers for World Peace.

Class Schedule

November 2:  What is the mind?
November 9:  Five factors in every state of mind, part 1
November 16:  Five factors in every state of mind, part 2
November 23:  Understanding the roles of mindfulness and alertness
November 30:  Why positive minds are the source of happiness
December 7:  The most important positive minds for a happy life
December 14:  How negative states of mind arise
December 21:  Two inner enemies to watch out for
December 28:  Public enemy #1

Upcoming Series

Sundays, 10:30am – 11:45am
with Gen Nyema
at KMC South Carolina (2999 Sunset Blvd., Suite 101, W. Columbia, SC 29169)
Free (Optional donation of $10 or $5 students/seniors or $15/family)

Transform Your Life:  A Blissful Journey

Everyone wishes to be happier, but not everyone understands the real causes of happiness.  Our family, friends, career, gadgets, andtyl_en entertainment can make us happy for a short while, but all of these things can also bring us problems and challenges.  According to the time-tested teachings of Buddhism, real happiness comes from our own inner peace.  When our mind is peaceful, we are happy; when it is unpeaceful, then we are not happy, no matter how good our external circumstances might be.

For the next several months, our Sunday morning class will be based on the book Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.  Each class will include guided meditation, a practical teaching for daily life, and time for discussion.  Everyone is welcome to attend; no previous experience with Buddhism or meditation is necessary.

The class series will be as follows:

In “Meditation Means Peace,” we’ll examine what meditation really is, how to get started with a daily meditation practice, and how to apply our meditation to daily life.

In “Buddhist Psychology for Daily Living,” we’ll explore the basic beliefs of Buddhism and learn how we can use those ideas to improve daily life.

In “Learning to Cherish Others,” we’ll discuss how to develop the foundation of a spiritual life — love for others.

In “Transforming Difficult Relationships,” we’ll talk about maintaining a loving attitude even in challenging relationships.  With our love, we can transform those challenges into rich opportunities for spiritual growth.

In “Finding Fearlessness,” we’ll take a closer look at one particular negative emotion that gets in the way of a happy life and spiritual progress:  fear.  Once we understand what fear is and where it comes from, we’ll also understand how to let go of it.

Class Format

Every class will begin with a brief introduction, followed by a guided breathing meditation and the Liberating Prayer. After meditation, there will be a short teaching and time for Q&A. Class will end with Prayers for World Peace.

Class Schedule

Series 1: Meditation Means Peace

January 4:  What is meditation?
January 11:  Why mental peace matters
January 18:  Understanding what’s in the way of peace
January 25:  Meditation in daily life

Series 2: Buddhist Psychology for Daily Living

February 1:  Living our life to the fullest
February 8:  What happens after death?
February 15:  NO CLASS (Special Event: The Love Panel)
February 22:  What is karma? (with guest teacher Gen Samten, Resident Teacher of KMY New York)
March 1:  Faith — a Buddhist perspective

Series 3: Learning to Cherish Others

March 8:  To be happy, cherish others
March 15:  Recognizing kindness in daily life
March 22:  Love dispels loneliness
March 29:  NO CLASS (Southern Dharma Celebration)
April 5:  The benefits of cherishing others

Series 4: Using Love to Transform Relationships

April 12:  Taking an honest look at difficult relationships
April 19:  The balance between self-acceptance and change
April 26:  NO CLASS (U.S. Festival)
May 3:  Real inner wealth
May 10:  Living beings have no faults
May 17:  Developing humility

Series 5: Finding Fearlessness

May 24:  Healthy fear, unhealthy fear, and self-grasping
May 31:  What is self-cherishing?
June 7:  Finding fearlessness through love
June 14:  The courage of a spiritual warrior

Class Teacher

Kelsang Nyema

Gen Kelsang Nyema has been the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center SC since 2008.

Read more about Gen Nyema and our other teachers here.

 

 


Watch Gen Nyema’s 2014 TEDx video below.

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We’re Family Friendly

On Sunday mornings, KMC South Carolina is fun for the whole family.  Upstairs, adults enjoy ourSunday morning meditation class and Prayers for World Peace.  Downstairs, kids and tweens/teens have their own classes.  Kids classes include hands-on arts & crafts, light-hearted Buddhist stories, and advice for a happy life.  Classes fortweens/teens are more discussion-oriented and give young people a chance to explore their own spiritual life.