Kadampa Center welcomes visits from students studying comparative religion. We offer these suggestions to help in your exploration of Buddhism at Kadampa Center
When can I visit?
The best time to visit and get a good flavor of the teachings is our Sunday morning teaching at 10:30 a.m. In general, this session is geared for students at all levels and is led by our resident teacher, Geshe Gelek Chodha, a highly qualified Tibetan monk. Geshe-la speaks fluent English, and he teaches with humor and compassion. During the times when Geshe-la is away these sessions are led by other sangha or senior students.
We also have ongoing classes for beginners called Meditation 101 and Buddhism in a Nutshell that are easy to follow, especially if coming for a one-time visit to satisfy your class requirement. The two-year Discovering Buddhism course is more in-depth so would be a good choice if you've already had an introduction to the concepts of Buddhism. Drop-ins are welcome in any of these couses, but check the calendar before planning to come.
It is not necessary to attend an orientation before visiting any class or teaching.
How should I dress?
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!
What if my professor requires an interview?
We understand that often your projects require an interview with an experienced Buddhist practitioner. However, because we are a volunteer-run organization, we are not able to provide interviews for individual students. If four or more students from a single class wish to visit and hold an interview, we request that you organize a joint visit so that we can answer all questions in a single session. We expect you would have a basic working knowledge of Buddhism from your own research in preparation for the interview.
We must request at least a two-week notice to arrange for an interview because the assistance we offer to students is provided on a volunteer basis. To request an interview, please contact our Student Visit Coordinator.
Can a teacher arrange to bring the class to visit?
We welcome visits from high school, college or Sunday school groups up to 15 people (due to limited space) at our regular Sunday teachings. We request at least a two-week notice for a visit during a regular teaching.
For groups larger than 15 people, you can schedule a special visit by contacting our Community Speakers Coordinator. We request at least a three week notice for a special visit.
Would someone come speak to my class?
We are happy to send a speaker to your classroom for a presentation and discussion. We must request at least a three-week notice. Please visit our Community Speakers page for our guidelines.