Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Long Island City Buddhist Meditation Class

How to Change Negative Patterns of Thought

This class is offered in-person only

Happiness and suffering are merely states of mind. So if we are to experience the happiness we all long for we must learn how to connect with that state of mind and not the ones that cause us so much pain.

Part of this process entails identifying our negative patterns of thought so that we can begin to learn to let them go. This will allow us to actively replace those painful thoughts with the positive states of mind that lead to happiness.

In this series we will explore how we can identify and let go of such pain-inducing patterns of thought such as anger, jealousy, obsession, anxiety and more. Buddha called such minds ‘delusions’ because they are characterized by exaggeration, which leads to them being both unpeaceful and unreliable. Currently, we believe the harmful stories these minds are telling us, both about ourselves and the world. These stories are wrong.

Using the special meditation on the nature of the mind, we will learn how to recognize early on when we are under the influence of these harmful minds so that we will not entrust ourselves to them, but rather let them go. Changing such negative patterns of thought is hugely liberating and will open us up to a whole new joyful and creative way to experience our lives and our relationships.

September 29: Recognizing Negative Patterns of Thought
October 6: Letting Go of Anger
October 13: Dealing Skillfully With Unpleasant Feelings
October 20: Obsessing - Mistaking Where Happiness Comes From
October 27: Jealousy Vs. Rejoicing
November 3: How Envy Blocks Success
November 10: Insecurity Vs. Confidence
November 17: Freedom from Fear
November 24: No class (Thanksgiving)
December 1: Ignorance: the Root Delusion
December 8: Freedom from Ignorance

DETAILS

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 pre-registration is necessary
No special clothing is required
Chairs are supplied
Everyone welcome!

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