At a glance

April 1-29 Living in the Moment

Monday Evening Meditation Classes

Mondays from 7:00 to 8:15 pm, year-round

Gen Kelsang Rinzin, Buddhist monk, Resident Teacher

The Monday Evening Meditation Class takes place every week and is taught by Gen Rinzin, Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington. This introduction to meditation and Buddhist psychology covers a variety of topics including how to overcome anger and develop patience, how to increase love and compassion, and how to apply Buddha’s wisdom teachings to daily life.

Although the class topics generally follow a series format, each is self-contained and you can benefit from attending any class. Feel free to drop into any class that fits your schedule. While meditation is something we can do on our own, it is wonderful to receive teachings and guidance from a supportive community!

Events below...

Living in the Moment

In this course, through bringing together aspects of Buddha’s teachings on karma, impermanence, and the transformative power of our own mind, Gen Rinzin will guide us into a deep appreciation of how every moment of our life is a true marvel, providing us with the joyful opportunity to create the causes for the fulfillment of both our temporary and our deepest wishes.

In these classes, we will explore:

  • Letting go
  • Learning to forgive - as a way of moving on
  • Beneficial ways of relating to mortality
  • Controlling attachment by living in the moment

Everything changes, but somehow we don't live our life with this truth. Living in the moment doesn't mean that we don't plan for the future, but it means having flexibility of mind, such as not being stuck in past regrets or anxious about the future. In these unpredictable times, we need this skill in many ways.

Mon, Apr 1
Making sense of impermanence
Mon, Apr 8 The elephant in the room
Mon, Apr 15 Meditation
Mon, Apr 22 Forgiveness
Mon, Apr 29 What is the past? How we're creating the future

As an example of living in the moment, say you develop cancer: that seems like something to get stressed about. But, how much of the suffering you’re experiencing is actually happening in that moment, and how much is you worrying about all the future moments of pain, the possibility of surgery, and so forth? If we could let go of all those future moments – which may or may not occur – then the suffering that remains in this moment seems relatively small by comparison. No more than we can cope with right now. And by coping with this moment, we have some strength of mind and confidence to deal with the next moment, the next day … the rest of our life. One moment at a time.