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With Resident Teacher, Kadam Heather Rocklin

Sunday Morning Drop-in 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

January 3rd-17th

Confidence in our potential for Change

Explore the thoughts and meditations with which we can develop the confidence to bring about the desired inner change in order to experience happiness and freedom. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information.

Weekend Retreat – January 2nd & 3rd

Purifying and Enriching the Mind-A weekend retreat on Buddhist Prayer

During this retreat Kadam Heather will teach special methods to prepare the mind for successful meditation including purification, accumulating merit and receiving blessings. We will be using the Prayers For Meditation prayer booklet. In each session we will go through “Prayers for Meditation” then Kadam Heather will explain a particular section of the prayers and then there will be a guided meditation. Each session will be different. Please see our calendar for each session’s topic. 

$5 per session or $10 per day. Free for members.  Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information.

January 5th – 19 2021 (Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm)

The Confidence to Change

Explore the thoughts and meditations with which we can develop the confidence to bring about the desired inner change in order to experience happiness and freedom. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information.

Class Resources

You might enjoy reading “How to Understand the Mind” that the teacher will use for class. You can purchase it through the center via curbside pick up. For more info on that please go to:  [https://meditationinoregon.org/bookstore].  or Purchase online https://tharpa.com/us/catalogsearch/result/?q=+how+to+understand+the+mind

February 2nd – 16th 2021 (Tuesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm)

Cultivating Healthy Relationships

Learn how to transform our bad relationships into good ones and make our good relationships even better! Each class includes guided meditations and a talk. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information.

Salem Drop-in Classes and Foundation Program Classes on Fridays

For more information on either our Salem Drop-in Classes or Salem Foundation Program classes please email: info@meditationinoregon.org

Portland Foundation & Teacher Training Programs

Thursday morning foundation program class, Saturday afternoon foundation program class, and teacher training program class with Kadam Heather – If you have been attending our drop in classes for a while and you wish to deepen your understanding with our more in depth programs please email info@meditationinoregon.org.

Thursday Morning Foundation Program Classes, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Foundation Program (FP) offers a unique and profound way of studying that enables us to deepen our knowledge and experience of modern Buddhism. This program is open to anyone who has been attending our introductory drop-in classes for a while. For more information on Thursday Morning Foundation Classes please click here:  https://meditationinoregon.org/morning-foundation-program

Saturday Afternoon Foundation Program Classes, 3:00 – 5:15 pm

Foundation Program (FP) offers a unique and profound way of studying that enables us to deepen our knowledge and experience of modern Buddhism. This program is open to anyone who has been attending our introductory drop-in classes for a while. For more info on our Saturday Foundation Program Class Please click here: https://meditationinoregon.org/foundation-program

Teacher Training Program classes

The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is designed for people who wish to train as authentic Dharma Teachers or simply engage with Buddha’s teachings in the deepest possible manner. This program is open to anyone who is currently on Foundation Program. For more info on the Teacher Training Program please click here: https://meditationinoregon.org/teacher-training-program

With Kadampa Buddhist Teacher, James Jacoby

Monday Mornings 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

September 7th – February 8th

Eight Steps to Happiness. A Buddhist meditation class for challenging times.  

Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this inspiring series will teach methods for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights and for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both self and others.

Over the weeks, you will get an introduction to the essential aspects of the eight steps with particular emphasis on applying them immediately in daily life for greater happiness, resilience and peace. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information.

Class Resources

You might enjoy reading “Eight Steps to Happiness” that the teacher will use for class. You can purchase it through the center via curbside pick up. For more information on that please go to:  [https://meditationinoregon.org/bookstore].  or Purchase online https://tharpa.com/us/catalogsearch/result/?q=+eight+steps+to+happiness

With Kadampa Buddhist Nun, Kelsang Milob

Lunchtime Drop-in 12:00 – 12:30 pm

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Through December 30

Tuesday January 4 – March 31

Lunchtime Meditation

Lunchtime Meditation! It is okay to take a thirty minute break, relax and develop a peaceful heart. It is actually essential if we want to be our most productive and to live a happy meaningful life. Enjoy a short teaching and guided meditation. Develop a relaxed, clear mind and a kind heart. Return to your daily activities with some peace of mind, better able to meet the challenges of these difficult times. Drop-ins welcome. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information-kelsang-milob.

Weekend Emptiness Retreat

Friday evening, January 22nd through Sunday January 24th

During this retreat we will meditate on the sacred object emptiness, or ultimate truth. Gaining even a little experience of this object can profoundly change our understanding of our self, others and our world.

Out of confusion we misperceive the way things exist, fabricate an identity and world, and live within this hallucination as if it were the truth. We view our limitations as real and we feel stuck. But our limitations and the world we normally perceive are not real and solid as they seem to be. The actual nature of things is emptiness, which means things do not exist outside the mind, but are mere appearances arising from our mind. Understanding this naturally frees us from our sense of limitation and insecurity and fills us with a sense of possibility and joy.

Registration Required

Please register here: https://meditateineugene.org/index.php/events/emptiness-retreat If you have difficulty registering, please email Milob at eugene@meditationinoregon.org. Free for members, otherwise $25 for full retreat, $15 for Saturday only, $10 for Friday or Sunday only.

Retreat Schedule

  • Friday, January 22
    • 6 pm – 7:30 pm Introduction & Motivation
  • Saturday, January 23
    • 10 am – 11:30 am What is emptiness
    • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Emptiness of the body
    • 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Emptiness of the self
    • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Emptiness of the mind
  • Sunday, January 24
    • 10:00 am – 11:30 am Emptiness of all phenomena
    • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Union of the two truths

Monday Night Drop-in 6:00 – 7:30 pm

January 4th – 25th

Meaningful Resolutions

We often make resolutions with the beginning of a new year. Let’s take some time to consider the value of our resolutions this year. How meaningful are our resolutions? What is their long term benefit? Do we have the confidence to keep them? The class consists of two guided meditations and a Dharma talk.  Drop-ins welcome. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information-kelsang-milob.

February 1st – 22nd

The Joy of Acceptance

We can learn to let go of our irritated, fault finding mind and accept our world, other people and our self. When we do this, a deep inner peace arises in our mind. Our mind becomes spacious, accommodating and joy naturally arises. Shantideva said:

There is no evil greater than anger,
And no virtue greater than patience.
Therefore, I should strive in various ways
To become familiar with the practice of patience.

Being patient means to welcome wholeheartedly whatever arises, having given up the idea that things should be other than what they are. It is always possible to be patient; there is no situation so bad that it cannot be accepted patiently, with an open, accommodating and peaceful heart. – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Drop-ins welcome. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information-kelsang-milob.

March 1st – 29th

Modern Buddhism for Busy People

Modern Buddhism is designed especially for the people of the modern world. We will learn simple, but powerful meditations that transform our mind from a state of discomfort to a state of deep inner peace. Our practice of meditation does not end when we get up from our meditation seat. We take the insights and inner peace gained in formal meditation into our daily life. In this way we transform our whole life into the spiritual path. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information-kelsang-milob.

Tuesday Night Drop-in 6:00 – 7:30 pm

November 3rd – April 27th

Lamrim Practice

Gain a heartfelt experience of Buddha’s teachings by practicing Lamrim meditations. Lamrim means Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. In this class we will practice Lamrim following the presentation in The Mirror of Dharma by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The class will start with a guided meditation to relax our mind. The teacher will explain the purpose of the day’s meditation and how to engage in the practice. Following the explanation the teacher will guide the meditation, allowing several minutes of silence for your own personal contemplation. We will use Prayers for Meditation in this class. Drop-ins welcome. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information-kelsang-milob.

Wednesday Night 6:00 – 7:30 pm

January 6th – 27th

Create a Brighter Future

Buddha taught that there is no creator other than the mind. We can understand this by understanding karma. Karma means action. Every action we engage in with our body, speech or mind leaves a karmic seed in our very subtle mind. When the conducive conditions come together these karmic seeds ripen as our experience. Understanding the law of karma leads us to engage in actions that create the future we want.

“The law of karma is a special instance of the law of cause and effect, according to which all our actions of body, speech and mind are causes and all our experiences are their effects. The law of karma explains why each individual has a unique mental disposition, a unique physical appearance and unique experiences. These are the various effects of the countless actions that each individual has performed in the past.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information-kelsang-milob.

February 3rd – 24th

Love and Attachment are Different

In this class, we’ll explore the difference between love and desirous attachment. Love brings only happiness while desirous attachment brings only suffering. We’ll learn methods to increase our love and reduce our desirous attachment. Through applying these methods in our daily lives, our relationships will improve and our happiness will increase.

Affectionate love is a mind, unmixed with desirous attachment that sees another person as pleasant, likeable or beautiful. For example, when a mother looks at her children she feels great affection for them and perceives them to be beautiful, no matter how they appear to other people. Because of her affectionate love she naturally feels them to be precious and important; this feeling is cherishing love. Because she cherishes her children she sincerely wishes for them to be happy; this is wishing love. We need to develop these three types of love toward all living beings without exception. – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The definition of desirous attachment is a deluded mental factor that observes its contaminated object, regards it as a cause of happiness, and wishes for it – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information-kelsang-milob.

March 3rd – 31st

Ultimate Truth Emptiness

Enjoy teachings and meditations on Buddha’s ultimate view, emptiness. Each class consists of two guided meditations and a talk on ultimate truth, emptiness.

Emptiness is the way things really are. It is the way things exist as opposed to the way they appear. We naturally believe that the things we see around us, such as tables, chairs and houses, are truly existent, because we believe that they exist in exactly the way that they appear. However, the way things appear to our senses is deceptive and completely contradictory to the way in which they actually exist. Things appear to exist from their own side, without depending upon our mind. This book that appears to our mind, for example, seems to have its own independent, objective existence. It seems to be ‘outside’ whereas our mind seems to be ‘inside’. We feel that the book can exist without our mind; we do not feel that our mind is in any way involved in bringing the book into existence. This way of existing independent of our mind is variously called ‘true existence’, ‘inherent existence’, ‘existence from its own side’, and ‘existence from the side of the object’. “How to Transform Your Life” by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Click here to access this class: https://meditationinoregon.org/live-streaming-class-information-kelsang-milob.