What Happens At Our Center?

Drop-in or  GP (General Program) meditation classes  are a gentle introduction to meditation without need for prior experience. They provide an introduction and support for an on-going practice of meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist teachings.

These classes offer a broad experience of Buddhist meditation with a practical approach to applying the skills learned  and integrate the experience of these meditations with busy, modern daily life.

Why Meditate?

Meditating for only five to ten minutes a day allows us to reduce feelings of anxiety and irritation in our mind and develop a more positive response to stress.  By approaching our daily life and it’s problems with a more peaceful, confident attitude free of negative minds, we can tackle our challenges in a way that is more constructive and positive, become happier ourselves. and gradually improve our relationships with others.

What is a class like?

Drop in Meditation classes start with a short breathing meditation to relax the body and calm our busy mind. Brief prayers are recited to prepare our mind.  This is followed by a short talk on how to apply Buddha’s teaching to our everyday life and then a guided meditation based on the talk. All classes are taught by experienced teachers with many years of practice.

The classes are practical, relevant , and require no specific belief system. Critical thinking and questioning of the teachings is encouraged, and each class offers a chance for a question-and-answer period as well as discussion with other students.

What do I need to attend?

There are no requirements of any kind to learn meditation. Chairs and cushions are provided, and the meditations are guided by a teacher with personal experience. You do not need to pre-register for drop-in meditation classes, or wait for a particular time to start. Simply show up and join the class!

Requested donation for classes is $10 ($5 for students and limited income).  Center Supporters pay a monthly fee and can attend unlimited drop-in meditation classes. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Everyone is welcome!