Frequently Asked Questions about Buddhism & Meditation
Do I have to be a Buddhist to benefit from meditation?
No, anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits. Everyone can benefit from the practice of meditation 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! But if you wish to take notes, please bring a pen and notepad.
What is the cost of the classes?
The cost ranges from $5.00 - $10.00 for most General Program classes and variable for our weekend classes, or $40.00 per month, as a "General Member", for unlimited classes, which helps support the Center and the branches. As a nonprofit organization, fees for classes are our only source of income.
What if I don’t have money and I want to go to a class?
Everyone can participate in the classes regardless of ability to pay.
Do I have to wait for the next series of classes to begin?
No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like!
Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.
How should I dress for class?
No special clothing is required. Come as you are.
What relevance does Buddhism have to the US now and to my life?
Although Buddhism first appeared in India over two and a half thousand years ago, it has a timeless and universal relevance.
In a nutshell, Buddha explained that all our problems arise from confused and negative states of mind. He taught methods for ridding the mind of these destructive states and thereby realizing true happiness and fulfillment. These methods work for any mind, in any country, at any age.
Who do Buddhists worship, and why?
Buddhists regard all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as perfect guides and 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.