Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL), the Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace, located in Redding, is offering a free nine-week meditation workshop.
The workshop will introduce the basics of meditation in three aspects: starting preparation, being present and engaging in practice.
The workshop is designed especially for those who have no or little experience in meditation but are interested to start a daily practice. The temple is a welcoming environment for those who are new to meditation and could benefit from a group setting. Personalized daily medition can also be arranged.
Meditation is open to all, regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation and belief. The methods of meditation discussed in this workshop are drawn from the Buddhist teachings on inner peace and compassion. However, the meditation itself will be solely focused on universal human experience and the religious underpinnings will be kept to a minimum.
An alternative workshop, titled the Introduction to Buddhism: History, Philosophy and Practice, will be offered on Sunday afternoon for those who are interested in the teachings and practice of Buddhism.
Participants are required to attend all nine sessions and be prepared to engage in exercise and discussion and restrain from harmful thoughts and actions and meditate daily for no less than 15 minutes.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to cultivate virtuous thoughts and engage in charity works, complete assigned readings and submit two comments or questions via email a day before scheduled meetings that will be discussed in class, attend the one-day meditation retreat on March 21 and keep a journal of daily meditation practice and discuss with the instructor.
Due to the generosity of DNKL’s community, the workshop is free of charge and by donation only. Tax-deductible donations will be deeply appreciated and be used to ensure that similar programs can be offered in the future.
Participants are welcome to use chairs or cushions for comfortable sitting. Anyone with a specific physical condition or who requires accommodations may email [email protected]