This schedule is effective from MAY 26 until JUNE 16. For JUNE 17 and onward, please see “SUMMER CLASSES.”
Our classes start on time. Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to class to register and get comfortable.
Each class includes guided meditations, a talk and a group discussion. All are welcome!
Sunday Mornings • 11:30 am – 1 pm
How to Transform your Life from the Inside Out: The Practice of the Six Perfections in Daily Life
The six perfections are the practices of a Bodhisattva, a person who wants to realize their full potential in order to benefit others. Buddha called this special intention “the source of peace and happiness for all living beings.” In this series, we will learn to use the practices of the six perfections in our everyday life to transform our experiences. Deep inner happiness is real and attainable. Come learn how to develop it.
Free for members / $15 per class non-member • Teacher: Kadam Matthew • Class will meet on May 26, June 2, 9 & 16
Monday Evenings • 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Settling the Mind in Peace: The Practice of the Six Perfections
The six perfections are the practices of a Bodhisattva, a person who wants to realize their full potential to benefit others. Buddha called this special intention “the source of peace and happiness for all living beings.” In this series, we will look at the perfections of joyful effort, concentration and wisdom through the practical lens of meditation on the mind. This practice has helped the greatest Buddhist meditation masters gain deep experiences of clarity, freedom and peace. It will help us too, by increasing our concentration and the power of our practice.
Free for members / $15 non-members • Teacher: Kadam Matthew • Class will meet on May 27, June 3 & 10
Wednesday Evenings • 7 pm – 8 pm
Buddhism for Daily Life
Buddhism offers both profound wisdom and deeply practical advice, which means it can improve our daily lives starting today. This weekly, one-hour class is a great way to begin. Each class contains a meditation, practical instruction and time for questions. Each week focuses on a specific topic:
Every 1st Wednesday of the month: Overcoming Attachment and Addiction
Every 2nd Wednesday of the month: Sanity on the Job
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month: Dealing With Stress and Anxiety
Every 4th Wednesday of the month: Transforming Relationships
This class is offered weekly, but please check our calendar for occasional cancellations.
Free for members / $10 suggested donation non-members • Teachers: VMC teachers
PS: This class will run until July 3, with a special 5-week “Diving Into Meditation” series starting July 10.
Thursday Mornings • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Motivation for Meditation
Meditate every day. It’s simply stated but difficult to do, even for experienced practitioners. This class will help us overcome our obstacles – including those we create in our own minds. Increase your understanding of how the mind works and get practical tips on motivation, time management and concentration. This class is offered weekly, but please check our calendar for occasional cancellations.
Free for members / $15 non-members • Teacher: Kadam Matthew • Last class is on June 13, resuming in September.
Thursday Evenings • 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Wisdom Happiness: The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra
Learn to use Mahamudra meditations to develop a deep peace that arises from wisdom. Relying on the special oral instructions given by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a true master of meditation, we will explore powerful methods for removing the causes of unhappiness from our minds once and for all. Join us in discovering the true meaning of our rare and precious life.
Free for members / $15 non-members • Teacher: Kadam Matthew • Class will meet on May 30, June 6 & 13
We are located in Boerum Hill at 444 Atlantic Avenue, between Nevins & Bond Streets – a short walk from most major subway lines!
Weekly guided meditations and Buddhist teachings are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners.
Each class is self contained and pre-registration is not required. Some general meditation classes are given as a series, but can also be taken individually. Although it’s most beneficial to engage in the whole series, you're welcome to drop in on a class-by-class basis.
Classes are held every week unless otherwise noted.
No special clothing is necessary, and we offer both chairs and cushions for sitting.
Please try to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to class to sign in and get comfortable. We do our best to start and end on time, and your help is appreciated!