Meditation Classes & Buddhism in Aiken, SC

Class Info

Mondays, 6:45pm – 8:00pm
at Aiken Yoga (116-B Pendleton Street SW, Aiken, SC 29801)
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)

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 Schedule

November 3:  What is the mind?
November 10:  Five factors in every state of mind, part 1
November 17:  Five factors in every state of mind, part 2
November 24:  Understanding the roles of mindfulness and alertness
December 1:  Why positive minds are the source of happiness
December 8:  The most important positive minds for a happy life
December 15:  How negative states of mind arise
December 22:  Two inner enemies to watch out for
December 29:  Public enemy #1

Upcoming Series

Mondays, 6:45pm – 8:00pm
at Aiken Yoga (116-B Pendleton Street SW, Aiken, SC 29801)
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)

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  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 Schedule

Series 1: Meditation Means Peace

January 5:  What is meditation?
January 12:  Why mental peace matters
January 19:  Understanding what’s in the way of peace
January 26:  Meditation in daily life

Series 2: Buddhist Psychology for Daily Living

February 2:  Living our life to the fullest
February 9:  What happens after death?
February 16:  What is karma?
February 23:  Making spiritual practice a priority
March 2:  Faith — a Buddhist perspective

Series 3: Learning to Cherish Others

March 9:  To be happy, cherish others
March 16:  Recognizing kindness in daily life
March 23:  Love dispels loneliness
March 30: The benefits of cherishing others

Series 4: Using Love to Transform Relationships

April 6:  Taking an honest look at difficult relationships
April 13:  The balance between self-acceptance and change
April 20:  Real inner wealth
April 27:  NO CLASS (U.S. Festival)
May 4:  Living beings have no faults
May 11:  Developing humility

Series 5: Finding Fearlessness

May 18:  Healthy fear, unhealthy fear, and self-grasping
May 25:  What is self-cherishing?
June 1:  Finding fearlessness through love
June 8:  The courage of a spiritual warrior

Class Teacher

385327_54214791markMark has been a part of KMC South Carolina since 2002. He has taught numerous classes and workshops both at the Center and around the region.

A member of Foundation Program, Mark is married and works as a warehouse manager.

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Special Events in Aiken

In addition to our weekday classes in these branch locations, we also offer Saturday workshops approximately once every-other-month.  Visit our Events page to find out about upcoming events in your region.