How do I get started attending one of your classes?
There is no need to pre-register. Simply drop in to any class. Although the classes are designed as a series, each class is self-contained, so you can start at any time. You don’t need to wait until the beginning of a series. You can drop in whenever you can, and start whenever you like.
What can I expect in an introductory class?
Each general class consists of a brief breathing meditation followed by a teaching and concluding with a guided contemplative meditation and a question and answer period.
Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits. Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.
What if I have never meditated before?
All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life. Previous meditation experience is not necessary. The teacher will guide you and help you focus your mind on the object of meditation. If you choose to attend classes regularly, you will find that your meditation skills will improve over time.
What do I need to bring to class?
If you wish to take notes, please bring a pen and notepad.
What is the cost of the classes?
General Meditation classes are $10.00 per class, which help us support the center. As a nonprofit organization, fees for classes are our only source of income. Please Note: Chanted prayers (pujas) are free. Workshops, retreats, and empowerments are priced according to the event.
What if I don’t have money and I want to go to a class?
We offer several classes at no cost. These classes are noted throughout our website.
How should I dress for class?
Dress comfortably. Classes are informal.
What relevance does Buddhism have to the US now and to my life?
Although Buddhism first appeared in India over two and a half thousand years ago, it has a timeless and universal relevance. In a nutshell, Buddha explained that all our problems arise from confused and negative states of mind. He taught methods for ridding the mind of these destructive states and thereby realizing true happiness and fulfillment. These methods work for any mind, in any country, in any age.
Who do Buddhists worship, and why?
Buddhists regard all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as perfect guides and role models, and as such naturally develop faith in them and rely upon them as Spiritual Guides.
As a meditator approaches, and eventually attains, enlightenment he or she develops extraordinary mental powers. These include the ability to bless receptive minds with powerful transforming energy that greatly accelerates the process of mental development. For this reason, Buddhists try through meditation, prayer, and various ritual practices to connect with enlightened beings and receive their transforming blessings.
What/Who is the New Kadampa Tradition?
The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union is a global network of Buddhist Centres founded by meditation master and scholar Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Classes and different study programs are offered so that people from all backgrounds can learn about the timeless wisdom and compassion taught by Buddha and put it into practice in a way that suits their particular culture and needs.
Is the NKT part of Tibetan Buddhism?
No. The New Kadampa Tradition is global Buddhism. Just as the Tibetans faithfully adopted the practices taught to them by the great Indian masters and adapted it to their own culture, so Geshe Kelsang the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, encourages people from all ethnic backgrounds to adopt the wisdom and compassion of Buddha and put it into practice in a way that suits their particular culture.