Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism is a weekly class in meditation and Buddhist psychology with Resident Teacher Gen Khedrub. Topics vary and include how to overcome anger and develop patience, how to increase love and compassion, and how to apply Buddha’s wisdom teachings to our daily life.

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!

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The New Eight Steps to Happiness

by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Class topics in Spring 2019 will be derived from this inspiring book, an explanation of the eight verses that comprise one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind. This short poem shows how we can transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights. Join these classes to learn practical ways to use this timeless wisdom to find meaning and happiness in busy modern life.

Upcoming Class Topics

Attend the four May classes as a series, or drop in for any class!

April 29 – The Profound Realization of Exchanging Self with Others

May 6 – Planting the Seeds of Compassion

May 13 – How to Engage in Wishing Love

May 20 – Taking Suffering and Giving Love

May 27 – The Practice of the Six Perfections

CLASS FORMAT

What to expect at a class
  • Guided Meditation

    Each class begins with a guided breathing meditation to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace.

  • Teaching

    The teacher will then give a practical teaching based on a Buddhist topic, and will explain how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

  • Concluding Meditation

    The class concludes with a guided meditation to help us become deeply familiar with the teaching. Dedication prayers are chanted at the end of some classes.

FAQ

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A: No. Buddha’s teachings are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

A: No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up.

A: No special clothing is required, come as you are.

A: No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

A: No, but you can ask questions after class if you would like.

A: No, it is not necessary to book in advance. Each class is self-contained so you can come to whichever class suits your schedule and start whenever you like.

A: Kadampa Meditation Center Washington is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Supporter donations and fees are used to rent or maintain facilities for these classes, and any surplus is donated to the International Temples Project. We make every effort to keep fees low and, for most classes and events, reduced rates are available to senior citizens and full-time students. If you would like to attend an event but are unable to afford the fee, please contact the Administrative Director at least one week in advance.

A: No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that you can derive value from attending even just once.