The meditation classes we offer are suitable for all individuals whatever their level of interest, from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about Modern Buddhism. Everyone is welcome regardless of belief; you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend.
A typical class consists of a simple relaxation meditation, teaching, discussion, and a final meditation. The meditations are guided and are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Each class is self-contained, so feel free to start at any time. Everyone is welcome to attend, just drop in!
Most classes last an hour to an hour and a half. To ensure that everyone is comfortable you may sit in a chair, or on a cushion; these are available at the Temple. There is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved.
After the class everyone is welcome to stay for socializing and refreshments.
Attending the class
Our general program classes are designed for you to drop-in to any class. While they are arranged around a topic, each class is self-contained. You can attend the whole series of classes, or simply drop in to whichever ones you can.
You do not need to book in advance, just find a meditation class near you and pay when you arrive. If you would like more information or help, please contact us.
Q: I’m new and curious about meditation. Which class should I go to first?
Wednesday night general program class is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Buddhist teachings and practice. The range of topics includes Buddhist view, understanding the mind, improving relationships, letting go of anger, understanding karma, and more. In the Tuesday night general program classes we will gain experience of meditation with an emphasis on guided meditation.
If you are interested in learning how to meditate, we offer Lunchtime Meditations at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. These are simply guided meditations where you can enjoy simple breathing meditation to relax the body and mind.
Q: How long are classes?
Classes generally go on for an hour to an hour and a half. Look for more details on class pages.
Q: I’m a parent with children. Is there something for us?
Yes! During Prayers for World Peace, there is a special kids class held simultaneously called Dharma for Kids. This class is for children ages 4-10. Parents are welcome to stay for class with their children. We are also working on developing our family and kids’ programming. Please let us know if you have any suggestions or would like to help by contacting us.
Q: I’ve never been to a Buddhist temple before. What should I expect?
Classes at the Temple are very accessible. Teachings and prayers are all in English. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. Comfortable chairs are used for seating.
When entering the meditation room, it is traditional to take off shoes and hats. Also, when the Teacher enters, we normally stand out of respect for Buddha’s teachings.
Q: I’ve been coming to classes for a while. I really like what I hear. Is there something more I can try?
For those students who want to deepen their experience of Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso designed the Foundation Program. The Foundation Program (FP) immerses us in Buddhist teachings by studying systematically one of five texts on the FP curriculum.