Meditation Classes & Buddhism in Charleston, SC
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 Charleston 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.
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.
Series 1: Meditation Means Peace
December 24: No Class
December 31: No Class
January 7: What is meditation?
January 14: Why mental peace matters
January 21: Understanding what’s in the way of peace
January 28: Meditation in daily life
Series 2: Buddhist Psychology for Daily Living
February 4: Living our life to the fullest
February 11: What happens after death?
February 18: What is karma?
February 25: Making spiritual practice a priority
March 4: Faith — a Buddhist perspective
Series 3: Learning to Cherish Others
March 11: To be happy, cherish others
March 18: Recognizing kindness in daily life
March 25: Love dispels loneliness
April 1: The benefits of cherishing others
Series 4: Using Love to Transform Relationships
April 8: Taking an honest look at difficult relationships
April 15: The balance between self-acceptance and change
April 22: Real inner wealth
April 29: NO CLASS (U.S. Festival)
May 6: Living beings have no faults
May 13: Developing humility
Series 5: Finding Fearlessness
May 20: Healthy fear, unhealthy fear, and self-grasping
May 27: What is self-cherishing?
June 3: Finding fearlessness through love
June 10: The courage of a spiritual warrior
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.