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Suitable for everyone, these meditation classes offer practical methods to improve the quality of our lives through meditation and Buddhist teachings. Each class is available by drop in and you can come to either the entire series for the month or by individual class. Each class is self contained.
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Q: Do I have to be Buddhist to attend?
A: No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind. Buddha’s teachings are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone; there is not any religious commitment required. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.
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: What is the cost of the class?
A: The cost is $12 for most General Program classes, $6 for lunchtime meditations. The costs for weekend classes varies depending on the event.
We also offer monthly memberships that allow unlimited access to to all General Program classes, which helps support the Center and the branches.
As a nonprofit organization, fees for classes are our only source of income.
Q: How should I dress?
A: No special clothing is required, just dress in a way that is comfortable for you. You might want a sweater or extra layer if you are sensitive to air conditioning.
Q: Do I need to sit on the floor/cross-legged?
A: No. You are more than welcome to sit on a meditation cushion on the floor, but if you would prefer to sit on a chair have no fear, we have plenty of them!
Q: Do I need to wait for the next series to begin?
A: No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught so that attending even just once will give you some experiences and wisdom that you can apply to your daily life.
Q: What kind of Buddhism is practiced at KMC Houston?
A: KMC Houston is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT), as such we emphasize mediation and modern Buddhism. NKT is a Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Just as Buddhists of other Traditions faithfully adopted the practices taught to them by the great Indian masters and adapted those to their own cultures, so Geshe Kelsang, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, encourages people from all ethnic backgrounds to adopt the wisdom and compassion of Buddha and put it into practice in a way that suits their particular culture in modern life.