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All of our drop-in meditation classes are perfectly suited for busy modern people. You do not need to be a Buddhist to enjoy and understand Buddha’s teachings – anyone can benefit from increased inner peace.
 

All classes are taught by our Resident Teacher, or other experienced Kadampa teachers.

The general structure of the class is as follows:
 

  • Simple guided breathing meditation

  • Practical teaching on how to solve problems in daily life

  • Second guided meditation on the teaching topic

  • Brief discussion or Q & A
     

Although these drop-in meditation classes are taught as a series, each class is self-contained, so feel free to attend any one.
 

You do not need to book in advance, simply find a meditation class near you and pay when you arrive. If you would like more information or help, please contact us by e-mailing:  info@meditateinwestlake.org

We ask that shoes are removed before entering the meditation room. Most people sit in chairs, but cushions are available up front if you prefer to sit on the floor. Before the teacher enters the room, it is traditional to stand out of respect, but of course you have freedom and choice about doing this or not.
 

People who have never meditated before can benefit from our classes — everyone is welcome. Teachings are presented in a clear and easily accessible manner, and meditations are guided so that both beginner and experienced meditators can appreciate the benefits of meditation.
 

Attending the class

The classes are organized as short courses, usually 8 weeks long. You can attend the whole course or simply drop in whenever you can, as each class is self-contained.You do not need to book in advance, simply find a meditation class near you and pay when you arrive. If you would like more information or help, please contact us.

Cost

Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. The following Class Fees are as follows:

Sunday Prayers for World Peace $10
Lunchtime Meditation classes $7
Monday evening General Program class $15
Foundation Program class $80 per month


Monthly memberships are available for $60.

They include all weekly classes except The Foundation Program, and reduced fees on workshops, retreats, and some special events. Half Day Workshops: $25 for non-members/$10 for members/Free for FP students

 

Full Day Workshops: $45 for non-members/$20 for members/Free for FP students

Everybody welcome!

Foundation Program

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Wednesdays 6:30pm-9pm with Rebecca Gauthier
 

Foundation Program is ideal for those who have gained a basic understanding of Kadampa Buddhism through General Program classes, but who wish to learn more and make a deeper commitment to their practice. Through regular teachings, meditation, systematic study and group discussion, the FP offers support and structure to our spiritual life. This program affords an opportunity to gain authentic experience of Dharma without abandoning our modern lifestyle. Warm friendships develop as students inspire each other, sharing insights and experiences of the spiritual path.
 

The success of the program lies in the manageable commitment made by the student, and in the clear structure of study. Students sign up to study a book or part of a book, agree to attend each class, learn the material, and to take a test at the conclusion of the study. Class meets once a week for two and a half hours.
 

What Happens at a Class?

Prior to class, students study an assigned portion of the text, usually a few pages, and remember the essential points. The class begins with chanted prayers and guided meditation. The teacher then reads the assigned selection from the book while giving commentary to the text. The students then divide into pairs to discuss the material. The teacher and students conclude by deciding what to meditate on in the next class and how to practice during the coming week.


How Do I Join?

Students may attend one class before deciding to formally join the FP. Enrolling in FP means you become a ‘supporting member’ of TKBC and all other regular classes and retreats are included with your monthly $80 membership.