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What should I expect?
On your first visit, plan to arrive 10 minutes early to check in. All classes include a short meditation and clear teachings on a topic you can begin to incorporate into your daily life right away. You are always invited to stay and socialize after class in case you have questions.
Do I need to register in advance?
Advance registration is not required – just plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early so you can check in. You may register online if you wish. In fact, many Saturday workshops offer a discounted rate for early registration online.
What should I bring?
You do not need to bring anything. However, we always suggest you bring an open mind and try to check your worries at the door. If you enjoy taking notes, bring pen and paper. Please do not bring any food or drinks into the meditation hall.
Do I need to sit on a meditation cushion?
No, most people sit in our comfortable chairs. However, if you wish to sit on the floor, cushions are available.
What class do you recommend for beginners?
All drop-in meditation classes are designed to be accessible to students at all levels of experience – or none at all! Our most popular classes are Sunday morning and Thursday evening.
Should I wear anything special?
Come as you are – no special attire is required. We do ask that you remove your shoes and hats prior to entering the meditation hall (gompa). If you choose to sit on a meditation cushion it would be best to wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Is this the same as yoga?
Most yoga classes emphasize physical strength and flexibility with some breathing meditations. In meditation classes here, we emphasize “mental” flexibility and strength of mind through guided meditations, based on Buddha’s teachings. You could call it mental yoga.
Do I have to be Buddhist to attend?
Certainly not – everyone is welcome! Many who attend our drop-in classes are not Buddhists, but are people with a wish to make the most of their lives and learn more about the wisdom that Buddha taught.
Is KMC Fort Lauderdale part of a larger tradition?
Yes, KMC Fort Lauderdale is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition. There are hundreds of NKT Centers and many Temples throughout the world. The NKT is a Mahayana Buddhist tradition that emphasizes integrating the timeless teachings of Buddha into busy modern life.
The meditation master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, has been largely responsible for the flourishing of this practical application of Buddha’s teachings in the last 45 years. To learn more visit Kadampa.org.
• Modern Kadampa Buddhism
• The International Temples for World Peace Project
• Books on Modern Buddhism
• International Kadampa Festivals and Retreats
• Kadampa Buddhism Worldwide Brochure 2023