Whidbey Island

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!

Stay tuned for class times and venue
Consider visiting our Wednesday evening classes in Everett or Edmonds


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.

Class is $7 for students/seniors (cash, check, Visa or Mastercard). Free for supporting members. We are a non-profit organization and teachers are volunteers.

Meditation on Whidbey Island is taught by Mel Watson. Mel is a longtime Buddhist practitioner and a student on the Teacher Training Program at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington. She is widely admired for her sincere faith, sense of humor and practical teachings.

“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!