Scientific methods to accomplish inner peace
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Ancient wisdom for modern people
Venerable Geshe-la’s message is as simple as it is profound - all the problems in this world originate in the mind, and the solutions to these problems and the causes of lasting peace and happiness are also to be found in the mind.
Only by developing inner peace in our minds through meditation can we solve our own problems and help others to do the same, and in this way create world peace.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition
All living beings have the same basic wish to be happy and avoid suffering, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness.
Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful.
We offer a wide range of classes for all levels of interest, regardless of prior experience or religion. From meditation classes for beginners to in-depth study for advanced practitioners, there is something here for everyone.
Go Deeper with Study & Meditation
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm with Cindy Parker
What is Foundation Program?
Foundation Program is a tried and tested way to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of Buddha’s teachings, maintain a daily meditation practice that is both focused and powerful, and make genuine spiritual progress.
Who is Foundation Program for?
If you have been coming to classes regularly and have been getting a lot out of your General Program drop-in classes and feel you’re ready to go a bit deeper with your study and practice, then the systematic study of this essential Buddhist text on FP may be a perfect next step for you.Learn more
Drop-in classes near downtown Columbia
Sundays 10:30 – 11:45am
Enjoy Peace of Mind
Every living being has the same basic wish – to be happy and avoid suffering. Although all living beings have the same basic wish to be happy all the time, very few people understand the real causes of happiness. Happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind.Learn more
Wednesdays 6 – 7:15pm
Buddha’s life and teachings reveal a blueprint that anyone can follow to awaken our fullest potential for happiness. Learn the core insights and practices of the Buddhist faith – from meditation and mindfulness to the real source of happiness – in a practical, accessible, non-dogmatic way. This series is suitable for everyone.Learn more
Classes in Charleston
Charleston meditation classes include guided meditations and practical methods to keep a peaceful mind all day long based on Kadampa Buddhism. The intent is to help people to gain a personal experience of inner peace, overcome their daily problems and find real happiness in their hearts. Everyone is welcome.