Where to begin?
The General Program (GP) Classes at the Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center (AKBC) and its branches (N. Attleboro, E. Greenwich, Worcester and Little Compton) are drop in classes, there is no commitment. The GP classes are designed as a series, however, each class is a stand-alone, so you can attend any class even if the series has already started.
Who are General Program classes for?
Our meditation classes are for everyone who is interested in learning how to meditate, regardless of background or belief. They are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, teachings, and practice.
Buddhism is a philosophy. Everyone is invited to use whatever aspects of the teachings they find helpful in their daily life to reduce problems and experience more peace of mind.
What are the benefits of meditation?
The classes will allow you to relax your mind and return home energized and refreshed. They will provide you with new tools for dealing with stress, anxiety, and problems. They will also help you to overcome negative states of mind such as anger and jealousy, and to cultivate positive minds such as patience and love.
The talks and guided meditations will provide you with the foundation for developing a powerful meditation practice. A regular meditation practice has many benefits:
- helps reduce stress
- overcomes anxiety and worry
- brings inner calm and a feeling of well-being
- gives clarity to solve our problems
- helps us deal with challenging people and situations
What do you need to do to attend?
Simply find a meditation class that suits you and fits your schedule and come to the class. You do not need to pre-register. If you would like more information or help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 401.400.1657.
Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?
No. Everyone is welcome. We respect and welcome all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith, or to none.
Do I need to have experience in meditation or Buddhism to attend the classes?
No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.
What do I need to bring to class?
Nothing in particular; however, if you wish to take notes bring a pen and notepad.
How should I dress for class?
No particular clothing is required; however, we recommend you wear comfortable clothing.