How we approach Buddhist meditation classes
The Buddhist meditation classes take our meditation and mindfulness to the next level. When we combine a study of Buddhist philosophy with meditation practice we can make real progress toward enlightenment. As a result there is no problem which we cannot resolve, and no attainment that is not possible. If we get serious and committed, progress comes quickly.
Life gives so many options. So there are a trillion paths that we can take. Where we go depends on which of the zillions of impulses we follow. We can categorize paths into good ones and bad ones. A good path takes us toward greater and greater happiness. By contrast a bad path in life takes us ever deeper into suffering.
Of course we choose the good path.
We learn that everything good in life comes as a result of good karma – good actions. Thus all happiness, peace and joy, as well as all good circumstances and comforts, are a result of positive karma. So we want to create good karma. And we learn that this depends on good states of mind, or virtues.
Virtuous states are a genuine source of happiness to both oneself and others. They stimulate the impulses of good karma and favour the experiences of happiness. Also they bring about the circumstances congruent with happiness. They are the states we cultivate in meditation.
Most importantly, virtuous states and good karma will always take us along a sound and beneficial path. This brings us into the path to enlightenment, the practice of lam rim.