Meditation Classes & Buddhism in Asheville, NC
The Meditation in Asheville group is a branch of Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina (KMC SC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose aim is to help the general public to develop inner peace by offering meditation classes and practical Buddhist advice suitable for busy modern life. Our classes and events are open to everyone, you do not need to have experience or be Buddhist to benefit from the teachings and meditations. No pre-registration is required, just drop in!
In addition to offering our weekly class and special events (below), we are now offering a local in-depth study program designed to deepen students’ understanding and experience of Mahayana Buddhism.
Weekly Meditation in Asheville Class
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.
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, and 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.
Meditation Means Peace
December 21: No class
December 28: No class
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
Buddhist Psychology for Daily Living
February 1: Living our life to the fullest
February 8: What happens after death?
February 15: What is karma?
February 22: Making spiritual practice a priority
March 1: Faith — a Buddhist perspective
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
Sharon Lovich is KMC SC’s Asheville, NC, branch teacher. Before coming to North Carolina, Sharon served for several years as the Education Program Coordinator at Kadampa Meditation Center New York, where she was also a member of the Teacher Training Program and a branch teacher. Currently a homemaker, Sharon’s professional background is in social work. She and her husband have one son.
Find out about upcoming classes in your area.
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.