Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

MONDAYS 7:00 – 8:30PM

A Bodhisattva is someone who has stabilized two main goals: to benefit other living beings now, and to strive to attain enlightenment in order to be of even more benefit in the future. A key component of benefiting others is improving our own mind and heart by increasing patience and confidence, and minimizing harmful thoughts and distracting activities. During the month of June, Gen Khedrub will focus on the essential trainings in joyful effort, concentration, and wisdom. Come to one or all!

$12 per class ($6 for students/seniors 62+). Free for supporters. We are a non-profit organization and teachers are volunteers.

These Monday evening gatherings include instruction, the beginning breathing meditation and a guided meditation on the class topic, and time to chat over refreshments.

Each evening begins with a guided breathing meditation, a simple and easy-to-learn way to settle the mind. If done sincerely for even just a few minutes, regular meditation practice can cause a noticeable increase of calm and happiness.

Although the class topics generally follow a series format, each is self-contained and you can benefit from attending any class. Feel free to drop into any class that fits your schedule. While meditation is something we can do on our own, it is wonderful to receive teachings and guidance from a supportive community!

Kadampa Meditation Center Washington
6556 24th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117 (map)
(206) 526-9565

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Monday Evening General Program is taught by Gen Kelsang Khedrub, the Resident Teacher of KMC WA. Gen Khedrub, a Western Buddhist monk, has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism under Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s guidance for many years. His heartfelt teachings are presented with clarity and humor that make them accessible to everyone. Through his kindness, humility and deep understanding of Buddhist teachings, Gen Khedrub provides an inspiring example of a contemporary Buddhist practitioner that we can follow.

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.” – The New Meditation Handbook

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Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from this class? No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. The teachings are suitable for everyone, regardless of faith, background or experience.

Do I need to come to the entire series? No, each class is self contained and offered on a drop-in basis. Come to as many classes as you like.

What do I need to bring to class? If you wish to take notes, bring a pen and notepad.

How should I dress for class? Come as you are. We ask that shoes be removed prior to entering the meditation room.