One often hears that one enters a meditation course to learn to relax. Although relaxing is often one of the byproducts of Buddhist meditation, the true purpose is to be present in one’s life more fully rather than being riveted about according to one’s hopes and fears. It is about being open to whatever arises in one’s life. So one could say that a goal of meditation is to be present to whatever comes up in one’s life. It is only by living in the present that one can truly live one’s life, caring for oneself and others. The program will include lessons on mindfulness/awareness practice and lovingkindness/compassion practice. This is not a religious course, but it is about working with techniques that will allow one to enter one’s life more fully through the benefits of a regular meditation practice. This program is open to both new and long-time meditation practitioners.