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Sawatdee Minneapolis hosting free meditation classes

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Ready to get your life in balance and deal with the “dukkha” in your life?

Dukkha refers to the stress and frustration we encounter on a daily basis. When a difficulty cannot be managed, we experience dukkha. The difficulty is not the problem. The problem is how we perceive and deal with the difficulty.

More and more scientific research supports the claim that meditation is particularly useful if you have a medical condition. According to the Mayo web site:

“Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don't end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and improve certain medical conditions.”

Pongwat “Polo” Panyavaro, a Thai Buddhist monk, will lead the class which is open to people of all faiths and meditation experience. “The main reason we recommend that people learn and practice meditation is to enhance insight and be able to manage our lives in the right way,” said Panyavaro.

Panyavaro has been a monk for 10 years. He graduated from Mahamakut Buddhist University of Chiangmai, Thailand, majoring in Humanity and Buddhism. He practiced meditation at Wat Kao Sukim Temple in Thailand’s Chanthaburi province and made many pilgrimages to the mountains and forests to practice meditation. He is a follower of Theravada, the oldest living Buddha tradition. Its core teachings are based on the word of the Buddha as found in the earliest texts.

The meditation class begins Tuesday, Jan. 12. You can drop in for one class or take all five. The classes run for five consecutive Tuesdays from 7 -8:30 pm, at Sawatdee, 607 Washington Ave. S. The class is free but those making a $10 donation to the monks will receive a $10 gift certificate to Sawatdee restaurant. For more information call 612-338-6451.


  • Sandy S 5 years ago

    meditation must be really nice once it's been mastered, but it takes a long time to get there; I know, I've tried...a pill is so much faster

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