Meditation sets the foundation for practice in all Buddhist traditions.
“Most living beings seek mental happiness and want to eliminate suffering, but just wishing will not bring this about. We may even create the opposite. So we must search for the cause of suffering and the cause of happiness. The afflictions are the cause of samsara, of all mental discomfort and suffering. The remedy is meditation.”
~ 17th Karmapa
(from the book Music In The Sky: The Life, Art, And Teachings Of The 17Th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje; translated by Michele Martin)
At KTCJax, we meet for Shamata (also known as Shinay or Silent Sitting) meditation practice every Saturday morning from 9:30 am – 10:00 am, before our chanted prayer practice. If you’re interested in Tibetan Buddhist meditation, please join us!
We also offer Silent and Sound Meditation on Tuesday evenings from 7 pm – 8 pm. If you’re new to Tibetan Buddhist meditation, instruction is available.
On Wednesday nights, also from 7 pm – 8 pm, we use a brief version of this meditation at the beginning and end of our Buddhism Basics Discussion gathering, so you have another opportunity to learn this technique then.
We offer meditation instructions free of charge. Our instructors at Karma Thegsum Chöling Jacksonville have received approval to teach the Buddhist method of meditation from the Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery. Donations are welcome and you may contribute at the Center or through PayPal.
Please see our Schedule page for more information about upcoming classes.
For more information about Meditation Practice, here are some recommended teachings by Karma Kagyu meditation masters:
Taming the Mind Through Sitting Meditation: