Wednesdays • 7:00-8:30pm
Due to the NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival, classes will not be held until Wednesday, August 17.
Each class consists of a:
- Simple guided breathing meditation.
- Practical teaching on how to solve problems in daily life.
- Time for discussion or Q&A.
- Light refreshments and socialization with like-minded people.
Gen Samten has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students. He is well-known for his inspiring, clear and practical way of presenting Buddha’s teachings and meditation.
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The World Peace Temple at KMC New York
47 Sweeney Road Glen Spey, NY 12737
Drop-in at any time during the series. No need to pre-register.
$10 per class
We are a non-profit organization. All profits go towards supporting the International Temples Project for World Peace.
You are welcome to come early and join us for dinner from 6-6:30pm in our Main House dining room. Meals are vegetarian, including eggs and dairy products.
$5 per meal
Please call us and reserve in advance. (845) 856-9000
Q. What are some benefits of attending meditation classes?
Through sincerely training in meditation on the teachings given in these classes you will attain spiritual realizations, which lead you to permanent liberation from all the sufferings of this life and countless future lives. There is no greater meaning than this. Even temporarily, whenever you experience problems, unpleasant feelings, depression or unhappiness you can solve these problems immediately by transforming your mind into peace through your meditation practice. The benefits of meditation are immeasurable.
Q. Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
You do not need to have experience in meditation or be a Buddhist to attend. 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!
Q. I’ve never been to a Buddhist Temple before. What should I expect?
Classes at the Temple are very accessible. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. Both chairs and cushions are available at the Temple, so you can sit wherever you’re most comfortable. There is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved. When entering the meditation room, 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. What does a typical class look like?
A typical class consists of a simple relaxation meditation, teaching, a meditation based on the teaching, and discussion and Q&A. The meditations are guided and are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
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). FP allows us to become more deeply familiar with Buddhist teachings by systematically studying one of five texts on the FP curriculum.