Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

MONDAYS 7:00 – 8:30PM

This is our main evening class with our Resident Teacher, Gen Khedrub. It provides a special opportunity to learn and practice meditation, as well as the chance to learn essential Buddhist teachings that are still very relevant for our modern busy lives.

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

Each evening begins with a guided breathing meditation, which supports the basics of meditation and gives time to settle the mind. While breathing meditation practice is simple, the effects, if done sincerely and regularly, are quite profound.

The fall term classes will focus on using Buddhist psychology to better understand and transform the patterns in our mind. Our mind has limitless potential, but without wise and gentle training our potential remains untapped. Those who wish can follow along with the book How to Understand the Mind available as a print book in the KMC WA bookshop or as a downloadable book here.

Each class concludes with a second guided meditation on the topic of the evening, allowing for deeper reflection and insight. After the class, there is time for Q&A and refreshments, and an opportunity to chat with the teacher and other practitioners.

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.