For Beginners

signWhere do we start?

We may have a wish to learn how to meditate, or to find out about Buddhism, but where do we start?

The General Program (GP) Classes at the Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood and its branches are the perfect place to learn. The classes are designed both as a series and as stand-alone classes, so you can attend any class even if the series has already started.

Who are these classes for?

Our meditation for beginners are for everyone who is interested in learning how to meditate, regardless of background or belief. They are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, teachings, and practice.

Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion and so everyone is invited to use whatever aspects of the teachings they find helpful and to not worry about the rest!

Gen Kelsang RigpaWhat will I gain from these classes?

The classes will allow you to relax your mind and return home energized and refreshed. They will provide you with new tools for dealing with stress, anxiety, and problems. They will also help you to overcome negative states of mind such as anger and jealousy, and to cultivate positive minds such as patience and love.

The talks and guided meditations will provide you with the foundation for developing a powerful meditation practice. A regular meditation practice has many benefits:

  • helps reduce stress
  • overcomes anxiety and worry
  • brings inner calm and a feeling of well-being
  • gives clarity to solve our problems
  • Classeshelps us deal with challenging people and situations
FAQ

What do you need to do to attend?
Simply find a meditation class that suits you and fits your schedule.  You do not need to pre-register. If you would like more information or help, please call us at 323.486.7074.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?
No.  Everyone is welcome.  We respect and welcome all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.

Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

CommunityWhat do I need to bring to class?
Nothing in particular; however, if you wish to take notes bring a pen and notepad.

How should I dress for class?
No particular clothing is required; however, we recommend you wear comfortable clothing.

For more information and details, also visit What to Expect at a Class.