What to Expect at a Class

The meditation classes are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

At the beginning of each class, the teacher will guide a gentle, relaxing meditation in which he or she will help us to develop a beneficial motivation for attending the class. Then the teacher will give a practical teaching on some aspect of Buddhist meditation and practice. There is usually time for discussion and questions and answers. The session ends with a guided meditation, designed to help us take the teaching to heart in such a way that we are 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.

Although the meditation classes are taught as a series, each class is self-contained, so feel free to attend any one. Our main center, Kadampa Meditation Center NYC holds classes throughout the NYC area which are an excellent way to begin this spiritual adventure.There are two special introductory classes held at our Main Center, Awakening the Heart and How To Meditate. As all meditation classes are based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, teachers will often reference a particular section of these books. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our familiarity with the topic by engaging in follow-up study.