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

    • 09/30/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.  This week's class focuses on a guided meditation on the breath.  It will be taught by Christine.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 09/30/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Sep 30 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class is part 1 of our focus on Impermanence.  It will be taught by Keith.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 10/07/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Oct 7 at 10 a.m.  This week's class focuses on mindfulness and introspection.  It will be taught by Keith.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 10/07/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Oct 7 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class is part 2 of our focus on Impermanence.  It will be taught by Yeshe.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 10/14/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Oct 14 at 10 a.m.  This week's class is part two of our focus on mindfulness and introspection.  It will be taught by Yeshe.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 10/14/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Oct 14 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class will focus on guided meditations from "How to Meditate" by Kathleen McDonald, specifically on Part 4, chapter 2, "Appreciating our Human Life" and chapter 3, "Meditation on Impermanence."  It will be taught by Geoff.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 10/21/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Oct 21 at 10 a.m.  This week's class is a guided meditation on clarity of mind and continuity of mind.  It will be taught by Christine.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 10/21/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Oct 21 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class will focus on guided meditations from "How to Meditate" by Kathleen McDonald, specifically on Part 4, chapter 4, "Death Awareness Meditation" and chapter 5, "Meditation on Karma."  It will be taught by Geoff.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 10/28/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Oct 28 at 10 a.m.  This week's class is part 1 of our focus on the Four Immeasurables.  It will be taught by Keith.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 10/28/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Oct 28 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class is part 1 of our focus on Suffering.  It will be taught by Yeshe.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 11/04/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Nov 4 at 10 a.m.  This week's class is part 2 of our focus on the Four Immeasurables.  It will be taught by Yeshe.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 11/04/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Nov 4 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class is part 2 of our focus on Suffering.  It will be taught by Keith.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 11/11/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Nov 11 at 10 a.m.  This week's class is part 1 of our focus on an introduction to Vipashyana meditation.  It will be taught by Yeshe.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 11/11/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Nov 11 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class is part 1 of our focus on Emptiness.  It will be taught by Yeshe.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 11/18/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Nov 18 at 10 a.m.  This week's class is part 2 of our focus on an introduction to Vipashyana meditation.  It will be taught by Keith.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 11/18/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Nov 18 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class is part 2 of our focus on Emptiness.  It will be taught by Keith.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 12/02/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Dec 2 at 10 a.m.  This week's class focuses on a guided meditation on suffering.  It will be taught by Christine.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 12/02/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Dec 2 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class is part 1 of our focus on Deity Yoga.  It will be taught by Yeshe.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 12/09/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Dec 9 at 10 a.m.  This week's class focuses on an introduction to Deity Yoga.  It will be taught by Yeshe.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 12/09/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Dec 9 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class is part 2 of our focus on Deity Yoga.  It will be taught by Keith.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    • 12/16/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Our Sunday meditation group meets this week on Dec 16 at 10 a.m.  This week's class concludes our Beginner's Meditation Class and answers the question "where to go from here?"  It will be taught by Keith.

    Our group discusses and practices calm abiding (shamatha) meditation as taught in Tibetan Buddhism.  Stabilizing and focusing the mind enables one to discern the mind’s habits and functions, which leads to many benefits for oneself and for others. If you wish to discover this tranquil clarity you are welcome to join us at our usual place, 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

    Everyone is invited to join us!

    • 12/16/2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314
    Our Intermediate Meditation Group meets on Dec 16 at 11:30 am (after the 30 minute tea break once the Beginner's Class ends). This class concludes our Intermediate Meditation Class by answering the question, "where to go from here?"  It will be taught by TBD.

    The Intermediate Group is about learning to look deeply into the mind and its processes using analytic (vipashyana) meditation. Vipashyana techniques lead to understanding how and why the mind does what it does.

    Please bring your questions. All are Welcome to join us at 316 Commerce Street Alexandria VA 22314

Past events

09/23/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Multiplicity - Part 2
09/23/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - What is Meditation?
09/19/2018 Monthly Book Club - "The Lost Art of Compassion"
09/16/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Vipashyana
09/16/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Shamatha Meditation
09/04/2018 Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche's Teaching - "Stairway to Akanishta"
09/02/2018 Green Tara with Tsog
09/02/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Vipashyana
09/02/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Shamatha Meditation
08/26/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Vipashyana
08/26/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Buddha
08/19/2018 Rigdzin Dupa with Tsog
08/19/2018 Intermediate Meditation Class - Vipashyana
08/19/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Buddha
07/29/2018 Beginner's Meditation Class - Meditation on Buddha
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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