Meditation Classes & Buddhism in Charleston, SC

Class Info

Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
at the Circular Congregational Church (150 Meeting Street)
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)

Cool and Confident:  Finding Authentic Confidence

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Self-confidence is not a quality that we either have or we don’t have. In fact, it is a state of mind that can be cultivated.  In this series we will learn how to experience the pure and limitless nature of our mind. Through this joyful experience we naturally let go of our inhibiting insecurities and instead identify with our potential.

We will explore how to integrate this self-confidence into our life and in particular how to use it to bring about the deeper changes that we long for. Everyone is welcome.

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.

Where to Find Us at the Circular Church

Please see the Directions tab for information on where to park and how to find the classroom at the Church.

Class Schedule

July 23:  How our wisdom builds our confidence, part 1
July 30:  How our wisdom builds our confidence, part 2
August 6:  The pitfalls of pride
August 13:  What are you looking at?
August 20:  No class
August 27:  No class

Upcoming Series

Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
at the Circular Congregational Church (150 Meeting Street)
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)

The Wisdom of Letting Go:

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It is common for people to give us the advice that we “just need to let go,” but it is uncommon for anyone to tell us HOW to let go.  The good news is that letting go of negative and agitated states of mind can definitely be accomplished once we learn how.  In this class series, we’ll take a closer look at meditations and practical teachings that help us to let go of whatever is troubling us.

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.

Where to Find Us at the Circular Church

Please see the Directions tab for information on where to park and how to find the classroom at the Church.

Class Schedule

September 3:  Why holding on doesn’t help
September 10:  Letting go of anger
September 17:  Letting go of anxiety
September 24:  Letting go of attachments and addictions
October 1:  Letting go of physical pain
October 8:  Letting go of grief
October 15:  Letting go of low self-esteem
October 22:  No class (Fall Festival)
October 29:  Being patient with the process

Class Teacher

frances-webFrances McLeod has been Ganden’s branch teacher in Charleston since 2010.  A long-time member of Ganden’s Foundation Program study class, Frances has regularly taught meditation and Buddhism classes since 2006.  Professionally, Frances is a paralegal.

Directions

How to Find the Classroom

Circular Congregational Church
150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

If you are driving, follow Queen Street from Church Street.  Look for a walled parking lot on your right halfway up the block. If you get to Meeting Street, you’ve gone too far. There is a large round mirror on the top of the wall at the entrance to the parking lot which will help you notice the lot.  Once you park, you will need to walk into this lot; however, parking is no longer allowed in this lot and you can be towed if you park here.  There is metered parking on the street and there is a parking garage on Cumberland Street. Our classroom is in the glass building on the second floor.  Come through the gate and under the building.  The stairs are on the left.

If you are walking, from Meeting Street you may be able to enter the Circular Church Graveyard if the gate is open.  If so, come to the right of the church to the back building. Our classroom is on the second floor of the glassed-in area.  The steps are to the right if you are facing the building.  If the gate to the graveyard is closed, come around the corner to Queen Street and enter the walled parking lot on the left-hand side of the street.  There is a large round mirror on the top of the wall which will help you notice the lot.  Walk to the back of the lot, our classroom is in the glass building to your left.  You will need to walk through the gate and under the building.  From here, the steps are on your left.

Class Info

Saturdays, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
at The Meeting Place
1077 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)ocean and perfect sky

Transform Your Summer

From barbecues to beaches, the summer is often a time for rest and vacation. However, we often experience many anxieties and conflicts with friends or family in our attempt to “get away from it all”, and return home feeling exhausted.

In this drop in class series you will learn practical methods to transform all your summer experiences into powerful causes of deep inner peace. Each class will include a brief guided meditation and a short practical teaching. Everyone is welcome.

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

June 28:  Happiness from a different source
July 5: Life is precious, life is short
July 12:  Love is all you need
July 19:  Compassion in daily life
July 26:  The power of acceptance
August 2: Life is like a dream

Class Teacher

Tiffany Hesting is a member of Ganden Center’s Foundation Program.  Read more about our Teachers here.

Directions

THE MEETING PLACE
1077 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405

Coming from Summerville:From I-26E, take Exit 213B marked for W Montague Ave/E Montague Avenue. Travel on E Montague Avenue for about 1 mile. Enter Park Circle roundabout and exit onto continuation of E Montague Ave. Pass through one traffic light and over the railroad tracks into the Olde North Charleston Business District. The Meeting Place is in the first set of buildings on the right after you pass North Charleston High School. Street parking is available.

Coming from Charleston:From I-26W, take Exit 213B marked for Mall Drive. Stay right and follow Montague Avenue ramp to traffic light. Turn right at traffic light onto E Montague Avenue. Travel on E Montague Avenue for about 1 mile. Enter Park Circle roundabout and exit onto continuation of E Montague Ave. Pass through one traffic light and over the railroad tracks into the Olde North Charleston Business District. The Meeting Place is in the first set of buildings on the right after you pass North Charleston High School. Street parking is available.

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Special Events in Charleston

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