Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at a class?

At the beginning of each class the teacher will guide a gentle, relaxing meditation.

Then the teacher will give a short talk on a topic which is of practical benefit in our daily lives. These topics are based on Buddha’s teachings, but you don’t need to be a Buddhist to attend. Everyone is welcome. 

There is usually time for discussion and questions and answers. The session ends with a guided meditation, designed to help everyone take the teaching to heart and be confident in beginning to practice it on our own.

Afterwards, for those who wish, there is a chance to talk to the teacher and other students informally.

The main teacher is Kelsang Jangchen, an American Buddhist nun. She is an experienced meditation teacher who enjoys helping others find more joy in their relationships, activities, and daily lives.

 

Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits.

Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith or to none.

 

Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?

No. All you need is an open mind and the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

 

What do I need to bring to class?

Nothing special is needed. If you wish to take notes, please bring a pen and notepad.

 

What is the cost of the classes?

The cost of a class varies depending on length, or is $35 per month for unlimited drop-in classes, which helps support the Center and the branches. As a non-profit organization, fees for classes and sales from our bookshop are our only source of income to pay for our operating expenses and to support the further development of the World Peace Center.

 

What should I wear to a class?

No special clothing is required. Come as you are.

 

What relevance does Buddhism have to modern society and to my life?

Although Buddhism first appeared in India over two and a half thousand years ago, it has a timeless and universal relevance. In a nutshell, Buddha explained that all our problems arise from confused and negative states of mind. He taught methods for ridding the mind of these destructive states and thereby realizing true happiness and fulfillment. These methods work for any mind, in any country, at any age.

 

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