Most of what is described below applies to our livestream classes. Some of is specific to classes offered at a physical location once we are able to open again. If you have questions please contact the Eugene Branch by emailing email@example.com.
What to Expect When you Arrive
What to expect when you arrive? Someone will greet you and collect the class fee. They will show you where to leave your shoes and the meditation room. You have the choice to sit in a chair or on a cushion on the floor. You do not need to bring anything to class except yourself.
No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds
All contributions are greatly appreciated. No one is turned away for lack of funds. If you are unable to pay for a class, don’t worry. Just contribute what you can, when you can. All proceeds are used to pay for the space rental and publicity costs so people, like you, can find these classes.
What to Expect When Arriving Late
We all live busy lives so occasionally being late to events is understandable. So, if you arrive late, enter quietly, take off your shoes and place them on the rack just inside the door. Then, quietly take a seat while class is in session. Please stay after to pay any fees associated with the class. If you are unable to contribute, don’t worry. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
What to bring to class
Yourself. We have chairs and three cushions if you prefer to sit on the floor.
What to Expect During an Evening Class
Evening classes are an hour and a half long. They begin with a guided meditation to help settle the mind and relax. We recite a short prayer that is played to a tune. You are welcome to chant along or listen quietly. This is followed by a teaching on the night’s topic. Class ends with a guided meditation on the topic followed by a few minutes for questions.
What to Expect During a Lunchtime Meditation Class
Lunchtime classes are 30 minutes long. There is a short teaching followed by a guided meditation. Since the class is only 30 minutes, there is not much time for questions. However, the teacher is happy to stay after class and chat.
Who Attends these Classes?
Both newcomers and experienced practitioners attend these classes. Their backgrounds and ages vary widely. We are a small, gradually growing, community in Eugene. Our meditation room can accommodate about ten students; although there may be times when you are the only student. So take advantage with some one-on-one Q&A with the teacher!
Meditation at Home
Practitioners get the most out of meditation by meditating 10 or 15 minutes each day. Until we become familiar with meditation, it may be difficult to guide our self at home. If that is the case for you, check out these MP3 guided meditation downloads from Tharpa.com. They are also available in CD format. Regular meditation class attendance is also helpful to establish a practice.
Two free eBooks are available for download from these links: How to Transform Your Life and Modern Buddhism. How to Transform Your life is a perfect book to start with. Read Modern Buddhism for a more in depth view of modern Kadampa Buddhist practices.
Other Meditation Resources
Tharpa.com offers a variety of meditation resources, such as books and prayers in hard copy, electronic and audio formats. As well as spiritual images ranging in size from wallet cards to large canvas prints.