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Our Classes

UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL FOR INNER PEACE

Our classes range from in-person drop-in classes, weekend courses & retreatsin-depth study programs.

No prior experience of meditation or knowledge of Buddhism is necessary to participate.

Everyone Welcome.

Learn to Meditate, or Deepen Your Daily Practice.
Find the class that's right for you

LAMBERTVILLE
General Program Classes

SUNDAYS

Prayers for World Peace

with Sarah Paden

This class includes a guided meditation, a prayer dedicated to world peace, and a teaching on a Buddhist topic. Increase your wisdom, grow your compassion, and familiarize your mind with the experience of inner peace through meditation. Everyone is welcome.

 

Sundays  •  10:30 am – 12 noon

Suggested donation $15

No registration required. Simply show up!

 

TUESDAYS

Talk & Meditation

Current Series

TRAINING OUR MIND IN CHALLENGING TIMES

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

We are living in troubled times. Is it possible to be happy during such times? Yes, it is. In fact, if we want to be of benefit to ourselves and others, it is essential that we train in authentic happiness. 


Buddha presented a special set of practices known as ‘training the mind”. These meditations are especially powerful in these spiritually challenging times. The heart of the practice is learning to transform adverse conditions into our spiritual training, and responding to difficulties with a special wisdom and skill, so that we let go of our self-centered, small-minded fearful mind. Instead, we open our heart with love and compassion and in this way learn to live confidently and fearlessly.



 

Although presented in a series, each class is self-contained. Perfect for beginners and more experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

October 4 – The power of our mind
October11 – Preparing for meditation
October 18 – Open your heart to gratitude
October 25 – Creating happiness

November 1 – Should I trust my feelings?

November 8 – Finding my meaningful life

Tuesdays  •  9:15 – 10:30 am

$15 per person | free with monthly membership

No registration required. Simply show up!

WEDNESDAYS

Don't Worry, Be Happy

with Robin Kelly

Worrying is easy. What we don’t often realize is that it also ruins our happiness.

Rob will give teachings and guide meditations that lead to mental well-being, peace and happiness, even when life is very difficult. He will explain how we can permanently solve all our suffering and problems – our unpleasant feelings – and accomplish the real meaning of our human life through receiving Buddha's teachings. Each week you will receive practical advice that you can put into practice immediately. Over time, these new understandings will not only enrich our life, but have life changing results. How fortunate we are! Everyone is welcome.

Wednesdays  •  7:30 – 8:30 pm

$12 per person | free with monthly membership

No registration required. Simply show up!

THURSDAYS

Happiness Toolkit

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Connect with an experience of inner peace, reduce stress and anxiety, and develop practical tools to maintain a positive, happy mind. Short, guided meditations, great for beginners, as well as more experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

NEW! starts October 27

Thursdays  •  7 – 8 pm

$12 per person | free with monthly membership

No registration required. Simply show up!

WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS 

Lunchtime Meditation

with Diane Cadman

Take 30 minutes in the middle of the day to cultivate inner peace and happiness. These short classes offer practical meditations on gaining mindfulness and concentration which will eventually lead to deep levels of inner peace. No previous meditation experience is necessary. Perfect for beginners and more experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

Fridays • 12 noon – 12:30 pm

 

NEW! starts October 26

Wednesdays • 12:30 – 1 pm

$5 per person | free with monthly membership

No registration required. Simply show up!

HYT Practice Class

DAKINI YOGA

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Gen Chogyop will guide us through the ritual aspect of this HYT practice, as well as give commentary on the Eleven Yogas, learning how to integrate Vajrayogini practice into our daily life, seeing each moment as an opportunity to progress quickly on the path to enlightenment. 

You must have Heruka and Vajrayogini empowerments to attend this class.

Saturday/monthly  •  12 noon – 2 pm

Next class: Saturday, October 8

$20 per person | no discounts given

“The actual function of a Dharma Center is to give teachings to the people in the area and, by sharing with them our experience of Dharma, to help them to solve their daily problems.”

— from the book The New Meditation Handbook by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Foundation  & Teacher Training Program Classes

The Foundation & Teacher Training Programs give the opportunity to engage in a structured study and meditation program on the essential teachings of the Buddhist spiritual path right here in Lambertville, NJ.

 

Through regular teachings and meditation, systematic study, and group discussion, the Foundation Program (FP) & Teacher Training Program (TTP) offers the same training followed by spiritual practitioners in an unbroken lineage dating back to Buddha Shakyamuni. In this way we can gain authentic experience of the Dharma while still maintaining our contemporary lifestyle.

 

By studying on these programs we shall gain great confidence in meditation – from basic techniques for overcoming our everyday problems to practices leading to unsurpassed happiness and permanent inner peace. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.

SUNDAYS Foundation Program

with Diane Cadman

 

NEW! FP class begins Sunday, October 30

 

In this in-depth study program we will be studying the book The New Eight Steps to HappinessThis inspiring book explains how to meditate on eight beautiful verses that comprise one of Buddhism's best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, which has inspired generations of Buddhist practitioners for almost a thousand years.

Composed by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Geshe Langri Tangpa, this short poem shows how we can transform all life's difficulties into valuable spiritual insights.

 

This class is a monthly commitment and is most appropriate for those who have attended our General Program classes, listed above. After you have met with the teacher to discuss the Program, you are welcome to drop in on one or two classes free of charge to see if Foundation Program is right for you.

 

Sundays  •  2 – 4 pm

In-person | live-stream available
$80/month

Learn about memberships

Please contact us to register

MONDAYS Foundation Program

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

In this in-depth study program we are currently studying the book How to Understand The Mindan explanation of the nature and power of the mind. Through studying and meditating on this text we understand the relationship between our mind and its external objects. If we understand that objects depend upon the subjective mind, we can change the way objects appear to us by changing our own mind. Gradually we shall gain the ability to control our mind and in this way solve all our problems.

 

Mondays FP class will discontinue after the current book, to be replaced with Sundays FP.

This class is a monthly commitment and is most appropriate for those who have attended our General Program classes, listed above. After you have met with the teacher to discuss the Program, you are welcome to drop in on one or two classes free of charge to see if Foundation Program is right for you.

 

Mondays  •  7 – 9 pm

In-person | live-stream available
$80/month

Learn about memberships

Please contact us to register

WEDNESDAYS Teacher Training Program

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

This in-depth study program is currently studying the book Meaningful to Behold by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

 

This book is a highly acclaimed commentary to the great Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva’s famous spiritual poem Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, one of the best loved and most important Mahayana Buddhist texts. It reveals with poetic beauty and deep spiritual insight how to enter, make progress on, and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

 

This class is a monthly commitment and is most appropriate for those who have attended our General Program classes, listed above. After you have met with the teacher to discuss the Program, you are welcome to drop in on one or two classes free of charge to see if Teacher Training Program is right for you.

 

Wednesdays  •  9 am – 12 noon

In-person | live-stream available

$100/month 

Learn about memberships

Please contact us to register

Experiencing financial difficulty? No one is turned away for lack of funds. Please email us to inquire about reduced class fees.

HAMILTON
General Program Classes

NEW! 6-week series | September 15 – October 20
 
THURSDAYS Escape to Reality
Reflections in The Mirror of Dharma
with Russell & Adrienne Chell
 
No previous meditation experience is necessary. Perfect for beginners, as well as more experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

Thursdays  •  7 – 8 pm
 

$12 per person | free with monthly membership

You may register & pay in advance for each class below, or at the door upon arrival.

HIGH BRIDGE
General Program Classes

NEW! 8-week series | September 6 – October 25
 
TUESDAYS Intro to Buddhism
& Meditations for Inner Peace & World Peace
with Nan Fleming
Buddhism teaches that our mind has incredible power, and through training in meditation we can develop deep inner peace and happiness from a pure internal source.  This can help us not only to change our own experience of life, but also to positively influence the people around us, our environment, and in turn the whole world. Now more than ever we need to understand these powerful teachings, take them to heart, and put them into practice, for our own benefit and for the benefit of others.
No previous meditation experience is necessary. Perfect for beginners, as well as more experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesdays  •  7 – 8 pm
 

$12 per person | free with monthly membership

THE STUDIO

40 Church Street

High Bridge, NJ 08829

You may register & pay in advance for each class below, or at the door upon arrival.

 
 
 
 

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“Developing compassion and wisdom, and helping those in need whenever possible, is the true meaning of life.”

— Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche