We should know that learning to cherish others is the best method for establishing world peace in general, and for our own peace of mind in particular. –Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
February 19: Do Not Offend Others
February 26: Do Not Transfer Your Faults and Burdens Onto Others
March 5: Do Not Misuse Dharma
March 12: Do Not Aim at Being the First to Get the Best
March 19: Do Not Seek Happiness By Causing Unhappiness to Others
March 26: Practice the Three Main Causes
Kadam Tom Mitchell is a charter member of Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis and has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 20 years. He is a faithful and sincere practitioner who has a deep understanding of the Kadampa teachings. His classes and meditations are inspiring for both the beginner and advanced students. Kadam Tom is a professor at Indiana University and is an internationally known author.
Q. Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend Prayers for World Peace?
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 Prayers for World Peace 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.
About the KMC Indianapolis
Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis was founded originally Dromtonpa Buddhist Center in 1998 at the request of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. KMC Indy is one of 1,200 NKT Centers in 40 countries. The purpose of the Center is to provide the people of Indianapolis and the surrounding area with practical spiritual advice and encouragement so that they can learn to lead happier, more peaceful, and meaningful lives.
Location: Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis, 8407 Castleton Corner Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250, (317) 374-5281 email@example.com