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Thursday Evening Castleton Class


Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. | $10 per class | Half-price for GP, FP Members | Free for Sponsors & Benefactors of KMC Indianapolis

Freedom from Painful Emotions: October 5, 12, 19, 26

Our mind has the ability to be positive and fearless, but it can also become tight and painful. Buddha explained clearly how painful minds of anger, jealousy, craving arise and also explained how we can finally move beyond them. Through training our mind in meditation and daily life we can liberate our mind from painful emotions, maintain a flexible and positive attitude in every situation, and benefit and enrich the lives of others. Everyone is welcome regardless of background or belief.

The Art of Positive Thinking: November 2, 9, 16, 30 (No class on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23)

If we understand the power of the mind to create our experience, we can enjoy a more peaceful and stress-free life simply by learning the art of meditation and special wisdom-based attitudes.  This series will emphasize simple and profound meditations to increase your peace and how to apply positive thinking to your own life right now.  Open to all levels of experience.

Surviving the Holidays using Lovingkindness: December 7, 14

Many people find the holiday season a challenging time with added stresses and commitments, and some wonder whether the real essence of the holidays has been lost.  Meditation on loving kindness is a supreme method to connect authentically with others, enhance our sense of purpose, and experience authentic joy and inspiration.  Each class will include practical instruction and guided meditation on loving kindness.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please note: This class is also being offered downtown on Tuesday evenings at the Athenaeum. Please click here for more information.

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. 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. Zamling is known for his practical approach, warmth and clarity and we feel very fortunate to have him as our teacher at KMC Indianapolis.

FAQs:

Q. Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend a class?
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. 

Q. What does a typical meditation class look like?
A typical class consists of a simple relaxation meditation, a short teaching, and a follow-up meditation. 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 KMC Indianapolis 

Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis was founded originally as 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, wise, and inspiring methods they can use to lead happier, more peaceful, and meaningful lives.

Location: Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis, 8407 Castleton Corner Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250, (317) 374-5281 info@meditation-indianapolis.org