Introduction to Meditation Workshop with Bhante Pemaratana ~Friday May 8th, 2015 ~7-8:30pm

The quality of our lives is heavily determined by our ability to manage our emotions and to maintain the peace of mind. Though we live in a materially developed and technologically sophisticated world, we have not been able to reduce our unhappiness and stress due to the lack of the above ability. We earnestly need to learn ways to earn satisfaction and meaningful happiness in our lives. Bringing ancient wisdom to modern living can transform our lives to more meaningful ones.The Romans famously said that man's ideal should be 'mens sana in corpore sano” ! (Healthy mind in a healthy body). In China Confucius spoke of harmony achieved by equilibrium of the mind. And the Buddha said that good health is the greatest gain, and contentment is the greatest wealth one could accumulate.Meditation is one way to cultivate such an ability and to bring clarity and simplicity into our lives. It is possible for everyone. This workshop with Bhante  will answer all your questions about starting or maintaining a meditation practice, expectations or worries you may have about meditation, different styles and schools of meditation, techniques and postures, and how meditation relates to other spiritual practices. Both newcomers and long-term practitioners can benefit from this engaged discussion and practice.When: Friday May 8th 7-8:30pmSuggested Donation: $10-$15Walk-Ins Welcome, or RSVP @ 412-407-7829*this workshop is a prelude to the 6 week meditation class that will begin the following Friday May 15th. You are welcome to register for both the workshop and the class series or just one or the other.Teacher:Bhante Pemaratana is a Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka. He has been practicing meditation for over 18 years and teaching meditation for 7 years. He also holds master’s degree in philosophy and now pursues PhD in religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has won an award from Transcultural Society for Clinical Meditation, Japan for his research paper on Meditation and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He is currently serving as the abbot of Pittsburgh Buddhist Center in Natrona Heights, PA.