Almost every Sunday, we offer a beginner's class on meditation instruction and practice that begins at 10:00 am and lasts one hour.  The meditation techniques of shamatha (calm abiding) from Tibetan Buddhism tradition are taught in the beginner class.  This course is ideal for those new to meditation and for those who wish to develop a strong foundation before embarking on the vipashyana (clear seeing) techniques offered in the 11:30 am Intermediate class.  The practice of meditation can enable a deeper insight into the nature of self and of the world to positively transform our relationship with ourselves and with others.  No experience is needed  and all are welcome.  

Overview of the multi-week beginner's class:

The beginner class is an on-going course designed to provide a basic foundation in the calm abiding techniques. Each class offered at 10 am will be accessible to those with little to no background in meditation. The multi-week course repeats several times throughout a year. In each class we offer instructions in the meditation technique of shamatha and the topic if the day, two 10 minute meditation sessions, and time for questions and discussion. The multi-week course begins with a class on the benefits of meditation, a class on the basic techniques, and a class on the essential points of mindfulness and introspection. We also give an introduction to the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as found in the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Immeasurables and the Tibetan breathing technique tong-len (sending and receiving). The later portion of the multi-week series is designed to introduce the general concept of vipashyana and to explain its significance. The multi-week course usually spans eight to twelve weeks centered around the visits from the Rinpoches of the Palyul linage and other visiting lamas (monks).

Overview of the four sessions of the intermediate class:

After a 30 minute coffee/chat break, we offer an intermediate level meditation class at 11:30 am.  This class is based on "The Wheel of Analytical Meditation" by the 19th century meditation master and celebrated scholar Mipham Rinpoche.  All are welcome, but those who have never received meditation instruction in the past are encouraged to join the 10 am class.

The intermediate class will focus on one of the four topics from the Wheel of Analytical Meditation. The class begins with a brief recitation of traditional Tibetan auspicious prayers to set the tone for the meditations.  Afterward there will be a brief synopsis of the methods of Shamatha and Vipshyana, including the topic (see below) of the day. There will be two 15 minute meditation sessions. After which there will be time for questions and discussion. The class will close with traditional Tibetan dedication prayers.  Please note that the class will be 90 minutes in length.

The four topics from the Wheel of Analytical Mediation that are covered in this class are:

1. Multiplicity
2. Impermanence
3. Suffering
4. No-self

Details of our events are also posted on MeetUp.

Upcoming events

    • 07/29/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    We will continue our meditation series in July with  guided meditations and visualizations based on Kathleen McDonald’s book How to Meditate.

    Everyone is invited to join us!
    • 09/05/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Yeshe's home 800 4th St. SW, Apt. S-811 · Washington, DC near the Waterfront

       The next selection for our book club is The Lost Art of Compassion, by Lorne Ladner.  Lorne rescues compassion from a marginalized view, showing how its practical application in our lives can be a powerful force in achieving happiness.  Combining the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism and Western psychology, he presents clear, effective practices for cultivating compassion in daily living.

       The author will be in attendance!

       HOWEVER, the Book Club does not meet again until September (9/5 is indicated for now but it will be on a date to be announced) as we are taking a break for our members who are attending the annual Palyul Summer Retreat.

       We meet at the home of Yeshe Dorje, who lives in SouthWest DC, near the Waterfront.

    800 4th St. SW, Apt. S-811 · Washington, DC

       On the call box enter the code “539.” When the door rings open, enter the lobby; go right, past the concierge.  Find the south-side elevators at the end of the hall and take the elevator to the eighth floor. Knock on door 811. For help call 301-233-9040.

       Please bring a light snack to share with the group. Donations to PCD graciously accepted, but not necessary.

Past events

07/22/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Inner Heat Meditation
07/15/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Avalokiteshvara
07/08/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Tara (Feminine Buddha)
06/24/2018 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Shower of Blessings
06/17/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo - Sunday Morning
06/16/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo - Saturday Afternoon
06/16/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo - Saturday Morning
06/15/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo - Friday Evening
06/15/2018 Lopon Damchoe Wangmo; All Four Sessions (Fri-Sun)
06/10/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Sadhana, Part II
06/10/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Healing Buddha
06/05/2018 Monthly Book Club - "Ngondro Commentary"
06/03/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Uncommon Preliminaries
06/03/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Visualizations
05/27/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Bodhicitta and Tonglen
05/27/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Dealing with Negative Energy
05/20/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Four Immeasurables
05/20/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Compassion and Tonglen
05/13/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Sadhana, Part I
05/13/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Suffering, Equanimity and Love
05/06/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Samsara
05/06/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Death Awareness
05/02/2018 Monthly Book Club - "Gesture of Balance"
04/29/2018 Thigle Gyachen Tsog
04/29/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Karma
04/29/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Establishing a Meditation Practice
04/22/2018 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Shower of Blessings
04/22/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Impermanence
04/22/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Breath
04/15/2018 Hundred Deities Tsok
04/15/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Investigation of Vipashyana Meditation
04/15/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Shamatha Meditation
04/08/2018 Dakini Day Celebration: Green Tara Practice and Tsog
04/08/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Recap of Khenpo's Teachings
04/08/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part One: Four Immeasurables
04/01/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche - Sunday Morning
03/31/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche - Saturday Afternoon
03/31/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche - Saturday Morning
03/30/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay; All Four Sessions (Fri-Sun)
03/30/2018 Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche - Friday Evening
03/25/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Part Four: No-Self/Emptiness
03/25/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part Four: Introduction to Vipashayna Part 2
03/18/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Part Three: Suffering
03/18/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part Three: Introduction to Vipashayna Part 1
03/11/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Part Two: Impermanence
03/11/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part Two: Tonglen
03/07/2018 Monthly Book Club - "Good Life, Good Death"
03/04/2018 Lhadrub Thigle Gyachen practice with Tsog
03/04/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Part One: Multiplicity
03/04/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Part One: Four Immeasurables
02/25/2018 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Rigdzin Dupa Tsog
02/25/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Topic four: no-self/emptiness
02/25/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - multi-week series part 4 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
02/18/2018 Losar (New Year) Celebration: Shower of Blessings Tsog with Mipham's Shakyamuni Prayer
02/18/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Topic three: Suffering
02/11/2018 Dakini Day Celebration: Yumka Tsog
02/11/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Impermanence
02/11/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - multi-week series part 2 Basics of Sitting, Basics of
02/07/2018 Monthly Book Club
02/04/2018 Hundred Deities Tsok
02/04/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class
01/28/2018 Guru Rinpoche Day Celebration: Rigdzin Dupa Tsog
01/28/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class
01/28/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class
01/21/2018 Tsog Practice celebrating Ladrub Thigle Gyachen
01/21/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class
01/21/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class
01/14/2018 Dakini Day Celebration: Yumka Tsog
01/07/2018 Hundred Deities Tsog
01/07/2018 Intermediate Meditation
01/07/2018 Beginner Meditation
09/28/2017 Tulku Dawa

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P.O. Box 771, Alexandria VA 22313

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