MAKE 2019 YOUR YEAR FOR MEANINGFUL CHANGE
Sign up to attend New Year, New You to learn the Buddhist approach for creating deep and lasting change.
Special Event: Saturday, January 5, 10:30-1:30pm. $25.
5-Week Follow-On Course: Monday evenings, beginning January 7, 7:00-8:30pm. $15 per class.
Special offer: Sign up for the special event and 5-week follow-on course for $75 (save $25).
How Much Change is Actually Possible?
“It is definitely possible to change our basis of identification – it just depends upon our motivation and our familiarity.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
One of the big frustrations many people come up against in life is the process of changing.
As a culture we’re all about making new year’s resolutions and aspiring to be better.
Usually for a week or two, our change goes well.
Then the inevitable “slide back” happens, often just a few days after announcing to everyone how much we’ve changed!
In addition, we’ve all heard sayings like “people can’t change” bandied around – which can be discouraging. And as the changes we seek don’t come about we begin to believe this is true.
Soon enough, we become habituated to a notion of wanting to change, yet failing to change, and we start to identify ourselves with these habits – “I’m someone who can’t change”.
So what do we do?
We stop trying, still wanting to change but not believing it’s possible.
What else can we do?
Accessing and Cultivating Our Capacity for Profound Change
“If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind.”
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
When it comes to change, the Buddhist point of view is incredibly optimistic.
Buddha explained that the reason we find ourselves stuck in limiting patterns of behavior is because we grasp at our nature as fixed and unchanging.
When we try to change from this basis, it’s impossible to sustain.
Meditation teaches us that change is possible. Because it’s possible to change our mind through meditation practice it’s possible for us to begin to let go of the underlying causes of our various compulsions and various self-destructive habits.
Eventually we will discover through meditation that positive change, and even profound change, is in our very nature and that we can absolutely direct ourselves towards becoming the person we wish to be.
Special Event Details
During the special event, we will explore:
- How we can let go of our limiting patterns of behavior
- How we can respond positively when negativity arises in our life
- How we can discover our actual nature from which our true potential arises
Opportunity to Go Deeper: 5-Week Follow-On Course
Held on Monday Nights at Main Center Chelsea
Integrating Buddhist wisdom into our worldview takes time and practice. In this 5-week follow-on course, we’ll have the opportunity to explore more deeply the process of change and how to apply meditation and wisdom teachings to create lasting change.
The follow-on course schedule includes:
Monday, January 7: Meditation and Profound Change
Monday, January 14: Our Astounding Potential
Monday, January 21: Are you Thinking Big Enough?
Monday, January 28: Transforming Problems into Opportunities
Monday, February 4: Joyful Life, Meaningful Life
$25 for the Special Event, followed by $15 per class, or buy the Special Event and 5-week follow-on course for $75 (save $25).
Adrienne Weiss is a longtime practitioner of Kadampa Meditation Center NYC. She has been a student of Kadam Morten’s on the teacher training program for well over 15 years. Throughout her time studying Kadampa Buddhism, Adrienne has attended many international festivals, and studied with Kadampa teachers at centers throughout the world. As a film director, Adrienne knows well the reality of practicing Buddhism in daily life. Her wealth of experience makes her an insightful teacher who many people relate to.
Kadam Lucy James
A senior teacher of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy is regularly invited to teach courses around the United States and United Kingdom. For many years, one of her main jobs was to help with the editing and production of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, and she has engaged in extensive meditation retreat.
Kadam Lucy is appreciated for her deep experience, clear mind, and inspiring yet practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings and meditations. She joyfully shows how to make these teachings immediately effective in our busy modern lives.