Cost: $12 | Free for members. Drop ins are welcome. No need to pre-register.
Our Sunday morning classes combine meditation, practical advice and community to inform, uplift, and inspire. Each month focuses on a particular theme, and each class includes practical instruction and guided meditations you can use to transform your mind for the better. Drop by as often as you wish–no previous experience is necessary, and each class is self-contained.
Whether you’re a complete beginner or need a refresher, this January will focus on learning the steps of effective meditation, how to get the most from your meditations, and how to apply the principles of meditation in daily life.
Jan 7: What is Meditation?
This class will demystify what meditation is and what it is not. How do we practice meditation effectively?
Jan 14: Make Your Life Meaningful
What’s the purpose of our life, and how can we use meditation to help us fulfill this purpose?
Jan 21: Developing Peace Within
Although we all want to be happy, few people know how to be happy all the time; learn how to develop and maintain a happy mind all the time through skillful training in meditation.
Jan 28: Overcome Daily Problems & Negativity
Negative mental patterns prevent us from being happy every day; this class will focus on how we can start using meditation to overcome these obstacles to mental peace and happiness.
February Series: Exploring Life’s Big Questions
It’s too easy to get caught up in the busyness of daily life and become bored and dissatisfied with life. How do we invigorate our life with passion and purpose? This month we focus on life’s biggest questions. Sure to stretch your mind and your preconceptions!
Feb 4: What is a Spiritual Life?
What does it mean to be spiritual and how does one lead a truly spiritual life? And is that possible in the context of a modern life–family, work, responsibilities, etc?
Feb 11: What is the Mind?
Although we know we have a mind and have some general understanding of how it works, the actual nature of the mind itself is rather elusive. Can you pinpoint exactly what your mind is? Learn what meditators of old have known about the mind for centuries which still baffles modern-day scientists to this day.
Feb 18: After Death, What Happens Next?
Possibly the biggest and most controversial question asked by humanity: what does our death mean, and what happens after we die? How does one face this existential situation with grace, courage, and insight?
Feb 25: Why Me? Understanding Karma
We all have a rough idea of what karma is all about, but the subject of karma explains the totality of our experience–gain a deeper glimpse of the profound nature of your reality by exploring karma.
Gen Kelsang Zamling is a modern Buddhist monk and the Principal Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis. He has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years and has taught in the United States and in the UK. Gen Zamling completed an intensive 6 month Special Teacher Training Program with our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, to further his qualifications as a teacher. He is well-loved by his students, and sets an immaculate example of someone who has taken Buddha’s teachings to heart. Gen Zamling is known for his practical approach, warmth and clarity and we feel very fortunate to have him as our teacher at KMC Indianapolis.
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 Center before. What should I expect?
Classes at the Center are very accessible. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. Both chairs and cushions are available at the Center, 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 arrives, 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, a short teaching, and inspiring prayers (we have prayer booklets so you can follow along if you wish). 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.