The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Minneapolis lecture series offers general introductions to Buddhism that discuss the "methods and philosophy for developing lasting joy." The discussions practically apply ancient approaches to busy, western lifestyles. There are short guided meditations following each lecture. There are only a few left:
Monday, April 5, 12 p.m.
Eric Gibson, Buddhist Teacher from Minneapolis
University of Minnesota Coffman Union
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Wednesday, April 7, 12 p.m.
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Old Main Room 002
Wednesday, April 14, 12 p.m.
Augsburg College (second Augsburg event)
22nd Ave. S at 7 1/2 St.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Members of the Diamond Way community are exceptionally friendly, accessible, interesting, and very real. The content and style of their lectures reflect that noticeably. The practices themselves differ slightly from Zen or Shamatha meditation techniques. They involve guided visualizations tied to aspects of the physical body (Chakras basically) as well as chanting. You don't need to embrace the esoteric elements of these practices to benefit from the clarity, relaxation and confident sense of well-being they can offer. Worth trying.
For more information:
Diamond Way Buddhist Center-Minneapolis