True happiness is something most of us strive for, but rarely experience. It hovers on the horizon, waiting on the other side of a new job, a better body, more money. Yet the constant lesson of life, seemingly so hard to grasp, is that happiness is a state of mind, not something that can be taken from the outside world.
In Buddhism, meditation means "effortlessly remaining in what is." Through meditation, we experience the joy that is our mind, and discover lasting happiness. This insight helps us live meaningful lives and benefit others.
Jonathan Bradley has been a student of Lama Ole Nydahl since 1997. Asked to teach by Lama Ole, Jonathan travels within the network of over 600 Diamond Way Buddhist Centers worldwide. He is the Co-executive Editor of Buddhism Today Magazine and the President of the New York Diamond Way Buddhist Center. Jonathan has participated in numerous group and solitary meditation retreats and received teachings and empowerments from significant lamas in the Karma Kagyu lineage. Jonathan has spoken about Buddhism at NYU and Columbia University and has also authored several articles on Buddhism. Originally from Vermont, Jonathan came to NYC in 1992 to study theater at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He lives with his wife Liz in Queens and works for a major arts organization in NYC.
Here he presents two bite-sized lectures on Buddhism.
These talks are for anyone curious about Buddhism and meditation, and the benefit Buddhism can bring to daily life.
- Intro to Buddhism: Path to Happiness - Friday 15th June, 7:30 - 9:30
- Meditation: Taming the mind - Saturday 16th June, 7pm - 9pm