The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive states of mind, conducive to peace and well-being, and overcome negative habits of mind. Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external situations. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.
“If we want to experience true, lasting happiness, we need to learn the secret of inner peace by meditating.” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
You’re ready to learn how to meditate, improve your meditation practice or find out about Buddhism – where to start? Drop-in classes are the perfect place to learn! The meditation classes offered are suitable for anyone, whatever their level of interest, from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about Modern Buddhism. Everyone is welcome.
Weekly classes at the Center and branch classes around Seattle are suitable for anyone who is interested in meditation, from beginner meditators to those who have years of meditation experience.
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.