The Joy of Giving

Ever wonder why it feels so good when we help others? Giving is a powerful and beneficial action that creates merit, or positive energy. It is easier than we think to integrate this practice into our daily life. 

AKBC is 100% volunteer-based — if you would like to volunteer please use the AKBC volunteer form where all upcoming opportunities and Center needs will always be available. Come back to the form whenever you know you have some time to give.

At Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center, there are many opportunities to give. As a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, we can always use your help.

Please consider the volunteer opportunities listed below where your help is needed right now. Many require a minimal amount of time. All offer a chance to learn or share skills, spend time with spiritual friends, and experience the joy of giving.



Community Events


Do you like group activities and meeting new people? Once a month, we hold events to come together as a community. We are looking for a Team Leader to organize these events and manage other volunteers. This is a fun way to get more involved.

Contact volunteers@meditationinrhodeisland.org  for more details.



Mini Meditation Retreats


Our monthly retreats are a great success, with 20-30 in attendance regularly! We are looking for a Team Leader plus 2-3 additional volunteers to help throughout the year. Your time also includes the benefit of the retreat.

Contact volunteers@meditationinrhodeisland.org for more details.



Meditation Room


Do you appreciate a clean and tidy space to meditate? Want to share this experience with others? Our meditation room requires a deep cleaning once a month. This opportunity is available for more than one volunteer. Find a friend and enjoy this meaningful time together.

Contact volunteers@meditationinrhodeisland.org for more details.



Publicity Distribution


Do you like bopping around town, discovering new places, and spreading Dharma all at the same time? We need 4-5 volunteers to commit to monthly distribution of our publicity throughout the different neighborhoods in Providence to help spread the word about our classes and events.

Contact volunteers@meditationinrhodeisland.org for more details.

What is a Spiritual Path?

The teachings of Buddha reveal a step by step path to lasting happiness. By following this path, anyone can gradually transform his or her mind from its present confused and self-centered state into the blissful mind of a Buddha.

As Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says in his popular book, Eight Steps to Happiness:

“Every living being has the potential to become a Buddha, someone who has completely purified his or her mind of all faults and limitations and has brought all good qualities to perfection. Our mind is like a cloudy sky, in essence clear and pure but overcast by the clouds of delusions. Just as the thickest clouds eventually disperse, so too even the heaviest delusions can be removed from our mind. Delusions such as hatred, greed, and ignorance are not intrinsic parts of the mind. If we apply the appropriate methods they can be completely eliminated, and we shall experience the supreme happiness of full enlightenment.”

Having attained enlightenment, we shall have all the necessary qualities—universal love and compassion, omniscient wisdom and boundless spiritual power—to lead all living beings to the same exalted state. This is the ultimate aim of Mahayana Buddhism.

To find out more about Buddhism, read Introduction to Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

What is Modern Buddhism?

With the fast pace and high stress of modern life, many people are becoming interested in the peaceful philosophy of Buddhism. In particular, there is a very deep interest in learning how to meditate both to overcome stress and anxiety, and to deepen one’s spiritual experience. In response to this growing interest, Kadampa Buddhism offers many different ways of learning about Buddhism and practicing meditation. Kadampa Buddhism was first introduced to the West in 1976 by the renowned Kadampa Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Since then Geshe Kelsang has worked tirelessly to provide all the conditions necessary to support contemporary practitioners. He has written over twenty books on Buddhism that are now being translated into many different languages.

Geshe Kelsang has also established a worldwide network of over 1000 Kadampa Buddhist centers in over 36 countries around the world where people of all cultures can train in meditation and other Buddhist practices.

Each center has qualified local teachers and offers introductory classes, structured study programs, and meditation retreats. All Kadampa Buddhist Centers are open to the public.


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