Whidbey Island Drop-in Class


Join us for the next series of regular Wednesday evening classes starting on April 12th!
Classes run through May 3rd.


6:30-7:45PM

Meditation on Whidbey Island is a growing community of beginning and experienced meditators exploring the benefits of meditation and learning the true causes of happiness. You do not need to be Buddhist to benefit from these teachings – everyone can benefit from a more peaceful mind!

at South Whidbey Commons
124 2nd Street
Langley, WA 98260

Cost per class is $12, $6 for students/seniors 62+ (cash, check, Visa or Mastercard). Free for supporters. We are a non-profit organization and the teachers are volunteers.

In this busy, chaotic world it is very important for our day to day happiness and peace that we learn how to control our mind. This is a practical course designed to show us how to apply simple meditation techniques and basic Buddhist psychology in the midst of a normal, modern lifestyle. Everyone is welcome; no previous meditation experience is necessary.

Cost per class is $10, $5 for students/seniors 62+ (cash, check, Visa or Mastercard). Free for supporters. We are a non-profit organization and the teachers are volunteers.

Meditation on Whidbey Island is taught by Gary Rassner-Donovan. Gary is a student on the Teacher Training Program at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington, and has completed several long meditation retreats. His teachings offer both the inspiration of Buddha’s wisdom and practical advice for everyday life. Gary has lived on Whidbey Island for over six years.

“Happiness and suffering are states of mind, and so their causes can’t be found outside of the mind. If we want to be truly happy, we must learn to control our mind.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from these classes? 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.

What is a puja? Pujas are chanted prayers. These are an important component of training in a spiritual life. They help to still our mind, connect with the Buddhas, and receive blessings. All prayers are chanted in English. Beginners are welcome!