WHY MEDITATE?

The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive states of mind, conducive to peace and well-being, and overcome negative habits of mind. Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external situations. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.

“If we want to experience true, lasting happiness, we need to learn the secret of inner peace by meditating.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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THE BENEFITS

What will I gain from the classes?
  • Stress Reduction

    The classes will allow you to unwind your mind and return home relaxed and refreshed. They will provide you with new tools for dealing with stress, worry and anxiety.

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  • Inner Calm

    If we practice meditation we will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind. Daily challenges will be easier to deal with and many of our usual problems will fall away.

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  • Problem Solving Solutions

    Meditation helps us to gain clarity and perspective so we develop a positive outlook on life, gain authentic self-confidence and enjoy better relationships with others.

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

WHERE DO I BEGIN?

Meditation Classes for Beginners

We may have a wish to learn how to meditate, or to find out about Buddhism, but where do we start? Our walk-in classes are the perfect place to learn. The meditation classes we offer are suitable for anyone, 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.

Each month we offer a special introductory workshop designed specifically for beginners:

The following weekly classes are designed for beginners, but you are welcome to attend any of our walk-in classes at the Centre:

FAQS

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Q) Do I have to be Buddhist?

A) No. We try to present Buddha’s teachings in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

Q) Do I need any experience?

A) No. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. The classes are fully guided so all you need to do is show up.

Q) How should I dress?

A) No special clothing is required. Come as you are.

Q) Is there any physical exercise involved?

A) No. The classes focus on meditation and teachings alone. You can choose to sit on a chair or meditation cushion.

Q) Will I be asked to speak in front of a group?

A) No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q) Why do you charge for classes?

A) KMC Canada is a registered, volunteer-run charity. Proceeds from our classes are used to run the beautiful space we currently offer and additional money is donated to the International Temple’s project.

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