If you’re not sure what to expect, here is some helpful info
Every one of us was the new person walking through the door for the first time. It’s understandable that you may be a bit nervous or not know what to expect. Below are some tips and info that may help. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Drop-in weekly class
We also call them Drop-in classes which happen weekly and are suitable for beginners.
Here’s what happens
There’s an introduction, a short guided breathing meditation, followed by the teaching and one more meditation. All you need to do is sit and listen and enjoy your meditation
Feel free to take notes
This can help you remember some key points. After class sometimes there is room for questions.
There is no formal wear
Come comfortable. We’ll leave our shoes off, sit in chairs or on a cushion on the floor. Your choice.
Retreats + Special Events
These happen typically on weekends, so if that works better with your schedule, this is totally suitable for a beginner.
About chanted prayers
Some weekend workshops might include Buddhist prayers. You can chant along with a prayer book or just sit quietly while prayers are in progress.
Someone will greet you
If you haven’t registered online, you can do so when you arrive. They’ll answer any questions and help you get orientated. There is an assistant or ‘host’ for each class to help out.
Gompa is the name of the room where there is a Buddhist shrine and where the teaching happens
This is a comfortable room and where we leave our shoes off. Chairs or cushions on the floor. Set yourself up for your body to be the most comfortable.
Some tips for comfort
Tend to get chilly? Bring a scarf or small blanket. Ok to bring a sealed water bottle. Tuck a small notebook and pen in case you’d like to take notes. Pick up some publicity to remind you of upcoming events.
The New Kadampa Tradition has a full education plan
We are modern Buddhists with busy daily lives like everyone else. For some people, they like to know they’re options on how to grow with their spiritual path. There are many options to choose from that will fit into your busy life.
Download and read a free ebook paragraph
(Read just a bit each day. Contemplate and meditate for a few minutes) Download book here
Meditate ( 1 day a week)
Or more if you like.
Meditate 5x a week
Putting in the time is how to control your mind and improve your meditation skills.
Read: Buy the book you are studying in GP and read into it more
Please reach out if you have any questions. We’re happy to help!
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Phone: (512) 916-4444
1918 Bissel Lane
Austin, TX, 78745 U.S.
KMC Austin is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit & member of the New Kadampa Tradition—International Kadampa Buddhist Union