Places to learn more about meditation Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), program of the Emory-Tibet Partnership http://tibet.emory.edu/cbct/classes.html
Foundation Course – Offered each spring and fall by Dr. Lobsang Negi. Two options are available: the 8 week format (once weekly, 7 pm – 9 pm) and the weekend intensive format (two weekends, all day Saturday and Sunday)
Meditation (with Beginner’s Instruction) in the Atlanta Community Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. http://www.drepung.org/
Compassion Meditation, Thursdays 6 pm-7pm. A non-religious (secular) meditation session, based on CBCT and led by Dr. Lobsang Negi (Emory) or certified CBCT instructors, to build the community of compassion meditators.
Basics of Meditation is taught every 1st Sunday of the month, by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, PhD, Emory Faculty, at 11 am. Other programs and other regular opportunities also available per the website. Beginners welcome.
Atlanta Shambhala Meditation Center:Meditation instruction for beginners offered for free every Tuesday evening and on Sundays at 10am. Weekly meditation sessions Tuesday evenings, Weds evenings, and every morning. http://www.atlanta.shambhala.org/
Atlanta Soto Zen Center: http://www.aszc.org/index.shtml (Newcomer’s orientation includes walking and sitting meditation.)
Atlanta Insight Meditation Society: http://www.insightatlanta.org/
Authors and books for basic information about meditation and related topics Real Happiness
Sharon Salzberg. (One of the most accessible, science-based, no-nonsense Western instructors of meditation.) An intro and how-to book, with audio CD included.
Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
The Miracle of Mindfulness
2 books by Thich Nhat Hanh (Popular Vietnamese Zen Master, Teacher, Monk, collaborated with Martin Luther King Jr in 1960’s and won Nobel Peace Prize)
Wherever You Go, There You Are
Jon Kabat-Zinn (MD, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, a basic book on meditation practice. A bit more conceptual.)
Happiness:A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill
Mathieu Ricard. (Western cell biologist and experienced meditator/monk.) Very clear, accessible explanation of a healthy and workable perspective on cultivating well-being. Also available as an entertaining 2 CD audiobook by the author.
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears; or When Things Fall Apart.
2 books by Pema Chodron (Western Buddhist Nun, author of many books and audio recordings, translating Buddhist psychology to the west). Very accessible writing.
Social Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, and Primal Leadership
3 books by Daniel Goleman (Psychologist/Researcher. Scientifically-based and engaging writing about the importance of intentionally influencing our mental patterns and tendencies)