Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No. Whether you're from another faith or you have no faith at all, it is beneficial to learn basic meditation and experience the benefits that come from having a peaceful mind.
What is the cost Associated with attending classes?
$15 for most General Program classes ($10 for 60-min. classes) and variable for special events. For $70 per month, members can attend unlimited classes.
HOW ARE THE CLASSES STRUCTURED?
Each class begins with a guided meditation followed by an explanation by the teacher, based on Buddhist teachings, of how to apply the topic to one’s meditation practice and everyday life. There is always the opportunity to ask questions in class, so some discussion is likely to be a part of any class.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE for Class?
We recommend you arrive at least 10-15 minutes prior to class start time to allow plenty of time to sign-in, pay at the door, put away personal belongings and to get settled. Classes start on time and it’s best to arrive early to avoid disrupting the meditation session once it’s started.
Do I need to be experienced in meditation to attend?
No. Aside from our FP study program and special events, all of our classes are suitable for beginners. Just come along with an open heart and an open mind.
Should I wait to attend at the Beginning of a series?
No. Attending the entire series is best, as each class builds on the next, however, individual classes are also designed specifically to give you benefit.
Should I Wear Special Clothing?
No, dress is casual. Many people come directly from work, so work clothes or casual attire is acceptable. You’ll have the choice of either sitting in a chair or on a meditation cushion. So, if you choose to sit on the floor you might take that into consideration and wear something loose and comfortable.
Who do Buddhists worship, and why?
Buddhists regard Buddhas as perfect role models, and as such, naturally develop faith in them and rely upon them as Spiritual Guides. For this reason, Buddhists strive, through meditation, prayer, and various ritual practices, to connect with enlightened beings and receive their transforming blessings.