General Program Class

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm

with Joseph Giacona

Offered online (for local members only) and in-person (for everyone)

Change your Perception: An Experiential Journey Through the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

Because “our world” is really only our personal experience of what we perceive and how we perceive it, Buddha has explained that if we change our mind we change our world. Our experience of the world depends on our state of mind.

At the heart of the Kadampa Buddhist tradition lies a unique arrangement of the key practices and insights of the Buddhist path that will lead us to this crucial shift in awareness and understanding. These meditations, arranged in the order in which they are to be realized, are known as the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, or Lam Rim.

In this series we will journey through these 15 meditations, taking our time to gain a deep experience of each one. We will discover how every one of these meditations produces a profound change in our perception, transforming our experience of the world in the most profound and wonderful way, allowing us to experience our life as full of possibility and joy.

Course 1 – A New Way of Being: The Meditation on Realizing our Potential and Purpose

The first meditation in the Lam Rim is the meditation on our Precious Human Life. The purpose of this contemplation is to lead us to recognizing the incredible potential and purpose of our present human life, giving rise to an abiding experience of joy, gratitude, a powerful motivation to make the most of every day.

However, for this meditation to succeed, we need to actually engage in it! In this series we will explore how to do more than just occasionally ‘dip our toe’ in the wisdom of the teaching on our Precious Human Life. We will learn how to immerse ourselves in this liberating and joy-inducing wisdom, both in meditation and, even more importantly, during the meditation break, in our daily life.

Sept 13: A New Way of Being
Sept 20: The Key to Increasing Your Happiness
Sept 27: The Wonder of Our Human Life
Oct 4: Igniting Energy and Purpose
Oct 11: The Actual Meditation on Precious Human Life
Oct 18: Finding Enjoyment and Meaning in All You Do

Joseph Giacona
Joseph Giacona


Our General Program classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations
These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners
General meditation classes are given as a series, but can also be taken individually
No special clothing is required
For those attending in person, chairs and cushions are supplied
Please see our current Covid guidelines here
Everyone welcome!

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