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Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully Saturday Series

LMDJ Cover 600Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully classes, with Buddhist nun Kelsang Chogyop

NEW 10-week General Program Classes at two locations: Saturdays at Mahakaruna and Thursdays at Compassion Center (in Santa Rosa)

“We are alive, therefore we will die. This is the simplest, most obvious truth of our existence, yet very few of us have really come to terms with this fact. This inspiring book helps us to live a happy and meaningful life, to prepare for death and to help others who are dying. In this way, instead of something to be feared or denied, death can become a positive experience.“ from the book, Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully, by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

One of the few certainties in life is death!

If death were the end of our problems, perhaps we need not be so concerned but, as Buddha taught, for as long as we remain ordinary beings, one life is followed by another as surely as day is followed by night.

Despite the inevitability of our death and the complete uncertainty of its time or manner, few of us give it a moment’s thought until it is too late. Given that many future lives lie ahead and that these will be shaped by our actions in this and previous lives, it does not pay to die unprepared.

In this beautiful course we will learn how coming to terms with our mortality enriches our life and enables us to meet our passing with dignity, confidence, and joy. We will understand how to live a pure, liberating lifestyle in which every moment is meaningful.

We will also learn practices to assist others who are dying.

10 classes. $20 / class ($175 for entire series, $25 savings)

Click here for the schedule at both locations



How to Transform Your Life | Wed 7:30pm

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How to Transform Your Life

with Buddhist nun, Kelsang Chogyop

Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:45pm

$12/class fee

About this class:
“When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to be happy all the time and to be free from problems, we must develop and maintain a peaceful mind.”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform Your Life


Jan 18 – What is Meditation?
Jan 25 – Inner Peace: The Real Source of Happiness
Feb 1 – Purifying and Controlling the Mind
Feb 8 – How to Develop and Maintain a Peaceful Mind
Feb 15 – The Inner Path to Freedom
Feb 22 – The Kindness of Others
Mar 1 –  Love, Desire and Attachment
Mar 8 – Seeing Potential in Self and Other
Mar 15 – Profound Empathy

April 19- Taking and Giving

April 26- The Supreme Good Heart

Our Wednesday evening introductory meditation class begins with a guided meditation, followed by a talk on a certain topic (listed above), and ends with another guided meditation. Class is followed by refreshments and time to chat with Kelsang Chogyop and other students.

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience is necessary.

Family Meditation & Kids Class

Family Meditation and Kids Class!

with Kelsang Chogyop and Anna Abeyta

We’ve moved the class to Saturdays, once a month!

Next class: Sat, May 27, 10-11:30am

$15 per family

Children do art and other crafts while their parents enjoy a guided meditation and teaching in the next room.

Enjoy a morning together as a family in the sunny, peaceful space of our meditation center. For parents, this is a wonderful introductory class if you are new to meditation or Buddhist teachings. And it’s a playful, fun experience for kids!

Everyone welcome!

Prayers for World Peace | Sun 10:30 am


PWP SunPrayers for World Peace, with meditation teachers Chris Taylor and Marlin Nissen

Sundays, 10:30 – 11:45am

Our Sunday drop-in meditation classes include guided meditations, a short prayer dedicated to world peace, and a teaching on a Buddhist topic. In these classes, we can learn and practice essential meditation techniques, reduce stress, and develop lasting happiness. In so doing, we can find real inner peace within our own hearts and in this way contribute to world peace.

No previous experience necessary, everyone welcome. Donations welcome.



Marlin headshot4compressedThe first Sunday of the month, Marlin will teach the class and afterwards there will be a potluck brunch- yummy eggs and pancakes- for anyone who wants to stay and enjoy good food and conversation. Feel free to bring a dish to share.




“Our job is to pray for world peace – anytime, anywhere. With compassion, we make dedications and pray to develop and maintain inner and outer peace and harmony. We know there are so many dangers and problems arising right now, war and terrible things. We try to repair, to pacify, to cause all dangers and obstacles to cease through our prayers. With compassion, we pray every day for world peace, that the people of this world will experience peaceful and happy minds and meaningful lives. Through our pure intention, the power of our prayers and particularly through receiving blessings from enlightened beings, results will come, definitely. Our job is to pray.”

– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, given at the opening of the US Kadampa World Peace Temple, October 2006