What to Expect

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Inside the meditation room

All of our drop-in 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.  Classes include a short chanted prayer (in English), 10-20 minutes of meditation and 30-40 minutes of teaching.

There is a $10 fee for most of our weekly drop-in meditation classes.  This donation helps to support the cost of venue rental (at branches) and operating costs at our main Center. Our Teachers are volunteers and freely offer their time.

At our Center in Harrisburg, classes are presented in a meditation room with a shrine adorned with beautiful Buddhist statues. We ask that shoes are removed before entering the meditation room. Most people sit in chairs, but cushions are available if you prefer to sit on the floor. It is traditional to stand out of respect before the teacher enters the room at the beginning of a teachings and again when the teacher leaves at the end.

Even people who have never meditated before can benefit from our classes. Teachings are presented in a clear and easily accessible manner, and meditations are guided so that beginner and experienced meditators can appreciate the benefits of meditation together.

After class, there is usually an opportunity for some social time with tea and snacks, and the teacher is often available to answer any questions that may arise or to discuss the teachings. Please check our class schedule and drop into whichever session works best for you.

Here’s an excerpt of our Resident Teacher, Julie Francisco, teaching about finding inner peace through developing the mind of love.