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.
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.