Choose Happiness

Happiness and suffering are feelings – parts of our mind – and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we really want to be truly happy and free from suffering we must improve our understanding of the mind.

The eleven virtuous mental factors are all naturally virtuous, which means that they are virtuous through their own nature and not through the force of a specific motivation.

If a spoonful of sugar is stirred into a cup of tea, all the tea becomes sweet because sugar is by nature sweet. Similarly, when a virtuous mental factor is present in the mind, our entire mind is pervaded by virtue which naturally induces joy and happiness from within.

Oct 10 - Joyful Aspirations
Oct 17 - A Flexible Mind
Oct 24 - Free From Negativity
Oct 31 - Overcoming Uncontrolled Desire
Nov 7 - Delusions are the Real Enemy
Nov 14 - The Supreme Friend: Wisdom

COST: $10, $5 for seniors and student, free to members

Monthly Membership: $40 for unlimited membership

Thursday nights is taught by Lloyd Williams, Kadampa Buddhist Teacher. This class gives us an opportunity to go deeper into Buddhist philosophy and meditation experience. Each class includes a short discussion and two guided meditations. Everyone is welcome.

Friends House, 901 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA, 01602

What to Expect at a Class

Classes run in 6-week series. Each class includes a teaching and guided meditation. Series are ongoing. No previous experience is necessary. Everyone is welcome. Class is followed by refreshments and time to chat with the teacher and other students. No previous experience is necessary.

If you have been coming to classes regularly and would like to deepen your knowledge and experience of Buddhism, please explore our Foundation Program (FP) in Worcester on Sundays from 4-6pm. For more information, email