Drop-in Classes

Drop-in Class Schedule

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KMC Vancouver (Commercial Drive)

Tue 7-8:15pm      Intro to Buddhism
Wed 7-8:15pm     Learn to Meditate
Thu 7-8:30pm      General Program
Sun 10-11:15am  General Program
Sun 10-11:15am  Kids Class

KITSILANO

Wed 7-8:15pm     General Program

WEST END (downtown)

Tue 7 – 8:15 pm   General Program

WEST VANCOUVER

Mon 1-2:30pm     General Program

WHISTLER

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TSAWWASSEN

Tue 7-8:15 pm     Class discontinued

Want a class in your neighbourhood?  Email us at info@kmcvancouver.org!

Class Types

All of our drop-in classes are suitable for beginners as well as more advanced meditators. If you’ve never meditated at all before, you may enjoy our “Learn to Meditate” series as a great introduction.

Drop-in classes | Various times  & Locations |

1.25-1.5 hr drop-in classes with teaching & guided meditations across Vancouver. Topic changes weekly, all classes are self contained.  See table above for locations of classes and more info.

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4 week series | Tues nights | 7-8:15pm

1.25 hr classes with teaching & guided meditations. Learn the basics of Buddhism. 
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4 week series | Wed nights | 7-8:15pm

1.25 hr classes with teaching & guided meditations
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In-depth class | Mon nights | 7-9pm | Enrollment required

You are welcome to sit in on a free class to check it out.  Please click on link below for dates, class topics and enrollment information.

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1.15 hr class with guided meditation, crafts, story, and lesson.  
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Daily chanted prayers and meditations to uplift and inspire.
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Teachers

Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Sanden is a Canadian Buddhist monk, and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver.  He has been a long time student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. He is well loved for his compassion, sense of humour and the clarity of his teachings.
Gen Sanden is the main teacher at KMC Vancouver, leading guided retreats, Empowerments, Weekend courses as well as many weekly classes.  Gen Sanden also teaches the Foundation study program.

Other Teachers

KMC Vancouver is fortunate to have inspiring and experienced practitioners who teach drop-in meditation classes, and half day and full day courses. Our teachers engage in study and train in one of our extensive Study Programs: the Teacher Training Program or the Foundation Program.

Inkeri Meharg
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Inkeri Meharg

Inkeri Meharg is a senior Kadampa teacher who has been practicing for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of practical experience of integrating Buddhist teachings with daily life. Inkeri teaches the drop-in Meditation and Buddhism class on Sundays, at our main Kadampa centre.

Colleen Neely
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Colleen Neely

Colleen Neely is a senior Kadampa Buddhist teacher who has been practicing for over 20 years. People are drawn to Colleen's sincere and humble example, her practical teachings, and her natural warmth and humour. Colleen teaches drop-in classes in Tsawwassen on Tuesday evenings, and is a teacher for the kids class on Sundays at the Kadampa Centre. Colleen also teaches various workshops on weekends.

Denise Fitzgerald
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Denise Fitzgerald

Denise Fitzgerald is a senior Kadampa Buddhist teacher. Denise's warm-hearted manor exemplifies the Kadampa way of life. She shares Buddha’s teachings in a way that helps people see their potential for inner peace and happiness through practicing meditation. Denise teaches Simply Meditate on Tuesday evenings, and teaches various workshops on weekends.

Jenalee Tsimara
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Jenalee Tsimara

Jenalee Tsimaras is a dynamic and inspiring Kadampa Buddhist Teacher. She directly shows how young professionals can apply meditation and buddhism to their busy lives. Jenalee teaches our drop-in Learn to Meditate class on Wednesday evenings, at our main Kadampa Centre.

Lucila McElroy
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Lucila McElroy

Lucila McElroy is a senior Kadampa teacher who has been practicing for over 8 years. She brings a wealth of practical experience of integrating Buddhist teachings with daily life. She is known for her warmth and ability to touch the hearts of her students. Lucila teaches various courses at our main centre and drop-in classes in Kitsilano.

What to Expect at a Class

CLASS FORMAT
Guided Meditation

Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace. If we wish, we can join in and recite the Liberating Prayer, which is a five minute chanted prayer where we connect with the inspiration of enlightened beings.

Teaching

The teacher will then give a practical teaching based one of the books written by renowned meditation master, and founder of our centre, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.

Concluding Meditation

The class will finish with a concluding meditation to help us take the teaching to heart and there is also an opportunity to ask questions.

FAQs

What do I need to do come to a class?
 
Simply find a meditation class that suits you and fits your schedule.  You do not need to pre-register.  Each class is self contained.

Do I have to be Buddhist to attend? 
No.  Everyone is welcome.  People of all walks of life can benefit from these teachings!

What do I need to bring to class?
Nothing at all; however, if you wish to take notes, bring a pen and notepad.

How should I dress for class? 
We recommend you wear comfortable clothing.  

Do we meditate on the floor?
We usually sit in comfortable chairs for meditation, and do have a few cushions for those who wish.

For more information and details, also visit What to Expect at a Class.

Websites & Videos

How to Meditate
On this website you can learn the basics of Buddhist meditation

Introductory Videos
Video teachings on Meditation and Buddhism

About Buddhism
Information on Buddhism to help you gain a basic understanding of this ancient religion and philosophy

About Buddha
About Dharma
About Meditation
About Tantra
About Reincarnation
Anger Management Techniques
Find Happiness
Death and Dying
Dealing with Fear
Find Peace of Mind
Learn Meditation Techniques