Either Buddhism in a Nutshell or Meditation 101 classes are great places to start. These informal classes are led by a senior student of the Center and consist of discussion and meditation. Sunday mornings are also excellent for new people, as Geshe-la leads teachings on how to incorporate Dharma into our everyday lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Short answer is No. Longer answer is that to preserve the respectful, meditative atmosphere of Kadampa Center and minimize distraction, please consider dressing in a conservative, modest manner. Casual clothing is generally appropriate; most of our members wear trousers or jeans. Please avoid short shorts and revealing tops. If you plan to sit on a meditation cushion, you will be more comfortable in loose clothes. We also have chairs for those who prefer them. It is also our custom to remove our shoes when entering the gompa, or main meditation/teaching hall, so you may want to consider that when choosing your shoes!
Lamrim is a Tibetan term that means "graduated path" or "steps of the path", the path here being the path to enlightenment. Lamrim is a framework for working with all of the teachings of the Buddha, laid out in a logical and user-friendly way. Lamrim is the basis of all teachings given at Kadampa Center.