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)

The Wisdom of Letting Go:

Meditations for letting go of negative states of mindWisdom of Letting Go

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

August 20:  No class
August 27:  No class
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

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 Product of Our Thoughts:  

Understanding Our Mind to Create a Positive, Peaceful World

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.

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

November 5:  What is the mind?
November 12:  Five factors in every state of mind, part 1
November 19:  Five factors in every state of mind, part 2
November 26:  Understanding the roles of mindfulness and alertness
December 3:  Why positive minds are the source of happiness
December 10:  The most important positive minds for a happy life
December 17:  How negative states of mind arise
December 24:  No Class
December 31:  No Class

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.

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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.