The meditation classes we offer are suitable for all individuals whatever their level of interest, from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about modern Buddhism. Everyone is welcome regardless of belief; you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend.
A typical class consists of a simple relaxation meditation, teaching, discussion and final meditation. The meditations are guided and are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Each class is self-contained so feel free to start at any time. Everyone is welcome; advance registration is not required.
Most classes last an hour to an hour and a half. There are plenty of comfortable chairs, and we have cushions for sitting on the floor. We strive to create a physical environment that is quiet and peaceful, where people can enjoy a break from ordinary problems and concerns. There is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved.
Attending the class
Our general program classes are designed for you to drop-in to any class. While they are arranged around a topic, each class is self-contained. You can attend the whole course or simply drop in whenever you can.
You do not need to book in advance, just find a meditation class near you and pay when you arrive. If you would like more information or help, please contact us.
You are welcome to look at the Calendar and Special Events for other learning opportunities.
General Program (GP) Class Fee is $15
Classes that are offered through Adult Schools and other sponsoring organizations are offered for a fee, and registration is handled through these organizations.
Q: I’m new and curious about meditation. Which class should I go to first?
There are a number of “Learn to Meditate” classes throughout the week at our main center in Vauxhall and various off-site branches in the northern New Jersey area. See the Calendar for specific days and times. These classes offer a wonderful opportunity to learn how to meditate and become familiar with Buddhist teachings and practice. The range of topics include the Buddhist view, understanding the mind, improving relationships, letting go of anger, understanding karma, and more. Each class includes a guided meditation, teaching and Q&A. See calendar for details.
Q: How long are classes?
Classes generally go on for an hour to an hour and a half. See our calendar for details.
Q: I’ve never been to a Buddhist center before. What should I expect?
Classes at the center and at all off-site facilities are very accessible. Teachings and prayers are all in English. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. Comfortable chairs are used for seating.
Before entering the meditation room at the main center in Vauxhall, it is traditional to take off shoes and hats. Also, when the Teacher enters, we normally stand out of respect for Buddha’s teachings.
Q: I’ve been coming to classes for a while. I really like what I hear. Is there something more I can try?
For those students who want to deepen their experience of Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso designed the Foundation Program (FP). The FP immerses us in Buddhist teachings by studying systematically each of five texts drawn from Buddha’s Sutra (publicly accessible) teachings.
Our center also provides a Teacher Training Program developed by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The purpose of the Teacher Training Program (TTP) is to provide an extensive presentation of Buddha’s Sutra (publicly accessible) and Tantra (esoteric) teachings within Kadampa Buddhism. TTP also gives practitioners the opportunity to train as teachers within the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU).