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If you have a Living Social Coupon, it will be honored when presented for all our General Program classes at Vajra Light Center in Hartsdale, and at our Stamford, CT, branch.

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e Sunday Class

SUNDAYS  2:30 – 4:00

STEP-BY-STEP TO FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS
with Donna Campanelli

Everyone wants to be happy but so few people actually are. Join us for this course in which we’ll explore a simple but life-changing series of Buddhist meditations called the Lamrim – a special arrangement of meditations on the stages of the path to enlightenment.

These teachings give us a swift and direct method to connect to our potential for inner peace, love and freedom and help us to attain the lasting happiness that we all long for.

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!
Come to one, or come to all!

November 30    Meditation:  Daily Happiness Training
December 7       Living In The Moment
December 14     Impermanence And What Really Matters
December 21     Bringing  “Happy” To Your Holidays | Holiday Tea
December  28    CLOSED

$12/Class    Free for Members


HALF-DAY COURSE

SUNDAY,  JANUARY 4th

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

SELF-RESPECT, SELF-ACCEPTANCE & THE KEY TO HAPPINESS
with Donna Campanelli

Many of us suffer from overly critical views of ourselves and we often feel bad or feel we aren’t “good enough”.  These feelings of low self-esteem and even self hatred undermine us, and we get stuck in these painful attitudes. Without self-acceptance and self-respect, there is no basis for a truly happy and beneficial life; but how do we develop these positive views? The practice of meditation helps us to connect with a deeper sense of well being that opens us up to a new way of experiencing ourselves.

In this course, through talks, guided meditations, and discussion, Donna will show us how to cultivate an inner sense of well being through the practice of meditation and to use it to change how we relate to ourselves. Using Buddha’s psychological insights she will help us to see clearly how our judgmental view of ourselves is not reliable and is based on misperceptions of reality. Instead of relating to our faults and limitations and becoming stuck in our bad habits of mind, we can begin to relate to our potential for happiness and growth. Through this, we will discover the real key to happiness, harmony and profound spiritual development.

Everyone is welcome. This course is suitable both for beginners and those more experienced. 

$20 / Free for members

 

ENGAGING IN RETREAT IN DAILY LIFE
with Dawn Pavlu

Traditionally within the NKT-IKBU, the month of January is set aside to focus on retreat.  By engaging in retreat we deepen our spiritual practice by gaining new insights and realizations.  In this 3-week practice course, we will focus on simple ways in which we can engage in retreat during our daily life. 

In the first class, we will explore what “retreat” means and then focus on how to set up a simple shrine at home including how to make simple but beautiful daily offerings to all the Buddhas.  The next two classes will provide an introduction and explanation of our simple but profound essence practice of Guru Yoga called Heart Jewel.  Kadampa practitioners engage in this practice, often called a sadhana, on a daily basis throughout our world.  Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says, “If we practice this regularly and sincerely, we will reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of enlightenment.”   This rich practice is performed in English (booklets will be provided) and includes fully guided meditations.  These 3 classes are suitable for beginners who wish to start a daily practice, as well as to practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding.

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!
Come to one, or come to all!

January 4th :  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Introduction to Retreat:  Setting up a shrine and making water offerings

January 11th
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM    Heart Jewel practice:  Introduction to the practice; purifying negativities, and accumulating merit


January 18th:  12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
   Heart Jewel practice:  Receiving blessings, the visualizations, and explanation of Dorje Shugden

$5/Class    Free for Members

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f Wednesday Class

 

WEDNESDAYS   7:30 – 9:00 PM

THE QUIET JOY OF CONCENTRATION
During The Hustle And Bustle Of The Season
with Donna Campanelli

Does the hustle and bustle of the holiday season have you feeling busy and distracted? Quite easily, gently, and gradually, we can develop our ability to concentrate through a simple daily practice. We can replace the tendency to be distracted, and instead develop the habit of staying focused, thus enabling us to extract more richness, depth and meaning from our lives. In each class of this series, we will learn tools to improve our meditation and mindfulness.

Setting aside the time to connect to, and develop, your peaceful heart is the best gift to give yourself and others, both during the holiday season and year round!

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!
Come to one, or come to all!

Series Dates:
December 3
December 10 – with Joe Durney
December 17
December 24 – CLOSED;
December 31 – See New Year’s Eve Event

$12/Class    Free for Members

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY LIFE
Learning to Let Go of Bad Habits
with Donna Campanelli

It’s that time again, when we resolve to accomplish a list of reasonable goals for change in the New Year.  But are they the same ones that we had last year?

We all have habits we consider ‘bad’ or unhealthy, even destructive. Even though we tell ourselves we would be happier not engaging in these activities we do them anyway as if we are trapped. Buddha’s astounding insights into the mind gives us the tools to understand how and why we create compulsive patterns of behavior, and consequently how we can let go of them. When we create change in the mind, we create the meaningful and joyful life that we actually want!

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!
Come to one, or come to all!

January 7     Understanding Ourselves: Why we develop bad habits
January 14   Uprooting the psychology of addiction
January 21   Freedom From Compulsion
January 28   Forgiving Yourself and Others
February 4    Overcoming our Self-sabotaging Tendencies

$12/Class   Free for Members

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CHANTED PRAYERS


SUNDAY,   JANUARY 25th   11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

QUICK PATH PUJA    (for HYT practitioners only)

We are engaging in Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Quick Path on the very auspicious Vajrayogini Day.  This class is for those with HYT empowerment only.  HYT practitioners are encouraged to bring a tsog offering and arrive ½ hour prior to puja to assist with the tsog offering set-up.  You may bring your ritual implements if desired.

FREE

 

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Date To Be Announced.

If you enjoy meditating with others, chanted meditations are a great opportunity to engage in group meditation.  These chanted meditations are also known in Sanskrit as pujas, meaning “offerings”, or as sadhanas, which means “method for receiving attainments”.

Using ancient prayers translated into English, we receive the blessings, protection and guidance of the holy beings.  We can make requests for ourselves, or for others who need help or protection.  These spiritual practices create a strong connection with the Buddhas, and help us purify our negativity and fill our mind with positive, healing energy.

By relying upon these practices, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings.  In this way, we will naturally accomplish all the realizations of the stages of the path to Enlightenment and attain a very special Dharma wisdom.

Everyone is welcome!  All pujas are free of charge.  For more information about pujas please click here.

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i Stamford Branch

STAMFORD BRANCH

Fish Church “Lounge”
(First Presbyterian Church)
1101 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT

 

MONDAYS  7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

THE QUIET JOY OF CONCENTRATION
During The Hustle And Bustle Of The Season
with Donna Campanelli

Does the hustle and bustle of the holiday season have you feeling busy and distracted? Quite easily, gently, and gradually, we can develop our ability to concentrate through a simple daily practice. We can replace the tendency to be distracted, and instead develop the habit of staying focused, thus enabling us to extract more richness, depth and meaning from our lives. In each class of this series, we will learn tools to improve our meditation and mindfulness.

Setting aside the time to connect to, and develop, your peaceful heart is the best gift to give yourself and others, both during the holiday season and year round!

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!
Come to one, or come to all!

Series Dates:
December 1, 8, 15;
December 22 and 29 – CLOSED

$10/Class    Free for Members

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY LIFE
Learning to Let Go of Bad Habits
with Donna Campanelli

It’s that time again, when we resolve to accomplish a list of reasonable goals for change in the New Year.  But are they the same ones that we had last year?

We all have habits we consider ‘bad’ or unhealthy, even destructive. Even though we tell ourselves we would be happier not engaging in these activities we do them anyway as if we are trapped. Buddha’s astounding insights into the mind gives us the tools to understand how and why we create compulsive patterns of behavior, and consequently how we can let go of them. When we create change in the mind, we create the meaningful and joyful life that we actually want!

Pre-registration is not necessary.  Everyone is welcome!
Come to one, or come to all!

January 5     Understanding Ourselves: Why we develop bad habits
January 12   Uprooting the psychology of addiction
January 19   Freedom From Compulsion
January 26   Forgiving Yourself and Others
February 2   Overcoming our Self-sabotaging Tendencies

$10/Class   Free for Members

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y Why Meditation

Why Meditation?

We all wish to be happy and avoid problems, yet with the pace and stresses of our daily lives, it can be difficult to maintain a peaceful state of mind for any sustained period of time.  Through the simple practice of meditation we all have the potential to achieve lasting inner peace and eliminate the stressful states of mind that we currently encounter.

Meditation can help you to:

  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce frustration and anger
  • Increase happiness and inner peace
  • Develop a calm and peaceful mind
  • Overcome minds of anxiety and depression
  • Improve relationships with others
  • Increase inner wisdom
  • Improve quality of life
  • Let go of the causes of pain and dissatisfaction
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