FAQ

  • Do I have to be a Buddhist to atttend classes at the center?

    No. Everyone is welcome, and everyone can benefit from meditation.  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.  Membership options are available for those who wish to join one of our study programs or to simply support the center, but anyone can attend classes, even if they are not a member.

  • What do I need to bring to class?

    If you wish to take notes, please bring a pen and notepad or a tablet. 

  • What is the cost of the classes?

    General Program classes are $10 each (costs vary for other events) or $60.00 per month for unlimited General Program classes and 50% off at Saturday courses, which helps support the center and the branch classes. As a nonprofit organization, fees for classes are our only source of income.

  • How should I dress for class?

    No special clothing is required. Come as you are.

  • Do I need to register for classes in advance?

    No. Just drop by ten to twenty minutes before the start of the class to sign in and pay.

  • What if I arrive late for a class?

    Since the meditation room is situated immediately inside the entrance, late arrivals can be disruptive. For this reason we ask that late arrivals wait to enter until the first meditation is over, which is generally about 20 to 25 minutes after the class start time.

  • What else do I need to know?

    It is customary to remove one’s shoes before entering the meditation room. There are shoe racks and benches in the registration area.

    To help keep the meditation space clean, we ask that students avoid bringing food and drinks into the meditation room. Snacks and beverages can be consumed in the lounge area at the back of the center.

  • Is the NKT part of Tibetan Buddhism?

    The New Kadampa Tradition is global Buddhism. Just as the Tibetans faithfully adopted the practices taught to them by the great Indian masters and adapted those to their own culture, so Geshe Kelsang, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, encourages people from all ethnic backgrounds to adopt the wisdom and compassion of Buddha and put it into practice in a way that suits their particular culture.


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