Meditate With Us
Discover how meditation and community can help you on your journey.
Learn practical skills for a calmer, happier life.
Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center is located in the Fox Point neighborhood of Providence. We offer meditation and modern Buddhism for all levels of experience.
You’ll feel welcome at any weekly class, retreat, or special event. We’re here as a place of refuge and to support you on your path.
Meditation. No experience needed. Everybody Welcome
Introduction to Buddhist Faith
Saturday March 2 | 10 – 11:30 am
With Kadampa Teacher, Katherine Brown
Taking to heart the advice that faith should be our main practice, this monthly class series offers the opportunity to explore what our practice of faith entails and how we can overcome seeming obstacles so that our mind of faith develops and deepens. The promise of faith in a Buddhist path is freedom from sorrow and suffering, in this life and countless future lives—for ourselves and others. But what does faith in a Buddhist path mean? In guided meditations and by drawing on passages from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books we will delve into this and other questions, such as: What, for a Kadampa, is faith (and what it is not)? What does it mean to have faith in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha? What benefits come from a mind of faith? Why is faith essential to our spiritual growth? What are the benefits of faith in a Spiritual Guide?
This class is suitable for everyone. No experience necessary.
Heart Jewel Workshop
Saturday March 9, 2024
10am – 1pm
With resident Teacher, Gerry Donovan
The Heart Jewel prayers, the concise and powerful core daily practice of Kadampa Buddhists, are the ideal way for us to take our meditation practice to a deeper, more profound level. In this practice, we receive the potent wisdom blessings of Je Tsongkhapa, the enlightened master whose Kadam Emanation Scripture forms the bedrock of modern Kadampa Buddhism.
We also come under the protective care of enlightened Dharma protector Dorje Shugden, who always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities.
In this half day workshop, we’ll discover the practice itself and engage in guided meditations to deepen our experience of the individual parts.
Everybody is welcome, no experience necessary!
Meditations for Modern Life
Saturday March 16, 10am-1pm
With Kadampa Teacher Kitty Connolly
This workshop is part of a monthly series exploring Buddha’s Lamrim teachings, or the stages of the path to enlightenment. Each workshop will offer practical ways to begin or improve our ability to meditate and connect with our potential to experience deep inner peace, happiness, and freedom. One of the 14 Lamrim meditations presented in the book Mirror of Dharma, by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, will be presented each month, along with advice for applying the insights gained in meditation to our daily life.
Each workshop stands on its own, there is no need to have attended previous sessions.
Stories of the Buddhist Masters
Friday March 22 | 6:30-8:00
With Kadampa Teacher Jason Valcourt
Before they became the famous masters who we love and revere, they had the same problems we do – maybe worse! Yet, they were able to gain mastery over their minds and attain the state of enlightenment. In each of these workshops we will read a story of a Buddhist master and explore how their particular transformational journey can encourage us to have confidence that we ourselves can grow and change. Learning from the experiences illustrated in their life stories, we will discuss the lessons of their journey, engage in meditation, and learn how to put these teachings into practice in our daily lives.
This program is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Everyone is welcome!
Whether you’re new to meditation or looking to improve your practice, our weekly meditation classes are suitable for all levels of experience. Join us for teaching, guided meditation, discussion, and Q&A.