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.
Sundays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
June 7 – July 19 (No class June 28)
with Buddhist Teacher, Sharon Lovich
at A.C.K. Institute of Martial Arts (1408-A Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806)
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)
Overcoming Anger: Keeping Cool When Things Get Hot
Anger is one of our most destructive emotions, destroying our peace of mind, our relationships, and our wisdom. It creates problems and conflict in our family, our community, and our world. Buddha’s teachings can help us to understand our anger and how it arises. We can learn to develop new ways of thinking that help us change our life for the better. By changing our mind we change our world.
In this summer meditation series based on Buddha’s time-tested teachings, learn how to respond to difficult people and challenging circumstances with a patient, relaxed, and “cool” mind.
Everyone welcome; drop in for any class.
About the Venue
Location: 3 minutes from downtown Asheville, just past Haywood Road heading west out of town. The venue is upstairs above Music City and across the street from Groce Funeral Home.
Description: White two-story building, top of the hill, with a large blue sign at the roadside (Patton Plaza). Entrance from the road is just past the sign, with parking in front and back of the building. Stairs at the front of the building on left-hand side lead up to the venue, which is the first suite you come to.
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.
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.
Where To Find Us
Rainbow Community School, Omega Classroom 62 State Street, Asheville, NC 28806