The Thursday evening class introduces basic Buddhist view, meditation and action, along with various other teachings and practices, to help people deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. All the teachings are based on commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
New Series! April 6, 13, 20, 27: Freedom from Anger and Anxiety
Although most people feel that a certain amount of anger or anxiety are to be expected in life, these inner problems cause so many problems for ourself and others. Using mindfulness methods and guided meditation, this series of classes will focus on practical and effective solutions to reduce and eventually stop anger and anxiety once and for all.
May 4, 11, 18, 25: Realize Your Full Potential
The mind is the most powerful, creative force there is. Whether we experience the best or worst of ourself depends upon how we use our mind. Learn how to unlock the full power and potential of your mind in these drop-in classes which will include guided meditation, mindfulness, and interactive discussion.
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Mindfulness for Busy People
Even if your life is very busy with little free time, you can learn how to let go of stress, distractions, and unwanted thoughts. Mindfulness is a powerful way to develop and maintain a calm and stable mind no matter how busy life may be. These classes will focus on developing the mental skills to take back control of your mind.
Kelsang Zamling is a modern Buddhist monk and the Principal Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre 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.
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.
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) 372-5281 /email@example.com