Our meditation classes are designed so that you can drop in to any class, any week without the need to pre-register. We hold classes in 4 locations throughout Vancouver, including the East Van Temple, making it easy for you to drop in to a class anytime for some inner peace, happiness and practical wisdom.

Class Types

Choosing the right class
We offer beginner level (introductory) classes that can specifically help you to solve the problems of everyday life such as overcoming stress, improving relationships and building self confidence, as well as in-depth classes on Buddhist thought. All classes are open to everyone.

Check out the different types of classes we offer by clicking on the boxes below:

Meditation & Buddhism · Drop-in Classes

Teachings to help us solve our daily problems, let go of negative minds and find lasting happiness.

• Mon  Tue  Wed  Thu
• West Van, East Van, Tsawwassen, Kits.
• Suitable for beginners
• Price: $12


West Van · Class
Mondays • 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Tsawwassen · Class
Tuesdays • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Kitsilano · Class
Wednesdays • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

East Van · Class
Thursdays • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

East Van · Class
Sundays • 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Simply Meditate · Drop-in Classes

Learn the basics of meditation and gain practical experience through guided meditations.
This 45 minute class is essentially a long guided meditation with a brief explanation at the start.
Beginners welcome, no previous experience required. Just drop-in.

  • $8

East Van · Simply Meditate
Tuesdays • 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

East Van · Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver
Learn to Meditate · Drop-in Classes (4 week series)

Join us for an introductory 4 week series designed especially for beginners. In this course you will learn how to meditate and the Buddhist approach to training the mind. Meditation is a powerful and creative tool for changing our experience of our self, others and our world. Learn the art of meditation, and bring a sense of balance, peace and clarity into your life and your relationships.
Each class will include guided meditation, a talk and a chance to ask questions. Everyone is welcome.

  • $12 (or $40 for 4 weeks if you register online)

East Van · Learn to Meditate
Wednesdays • 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

East Van · Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver

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Foundation Program · An In-Depth Study Program

With Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Sanden

  • Mondays 7-9pm
  • Enrolment Required
  • Location: KMC Vancouver: 1833 Victoria Diversion, Vancouver
  • Cost: Memebership required.

Foundation Study Program
Mondays • 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

East Van · Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver

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Kids Classes · Meditation &

With Kadampa Buddhist Teacher Colleen Neely

  • Sundays 10-11.15am
  • Location: KMC Vancouver: 1833 Victoria Diversion, Vancouver
  • Cost: $5

East Van · Kids Class
Sundays • 10:00 am - 11:15 am

East Van · Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver

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Daily Prayers

Daily chanted prayers to uplift and inspire – held at KMC Vancouver

  • Location: KMC Vancouver: 1833 Victoria Diversion, Vancouver
  • Cost: no charge

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Drop-in Class Schedule

Classes by Day

Wednesday
East Van · Learn to Meditate · 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Kitsilano · Class · 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Thursday
East Van · Class · 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sunday
East Van · Class · 10:00 am - 11:15 am
East Van · Kids Class · 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Monday
West Van · Class · 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Tuesday
East Van · Simply Meditate · 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Tsawwassen · Class · 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Classes by Location

We have regular drop-in classes at 5 locations throughout Vancouver and Whistler.

EAST VANCOUVER

These classes are held at Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver:
East Van · Learn to Meditate · Wed · 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
East Van · Class · Thu · 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Van · Class · Sun · 10:00 am - 11:15 am
East Van · Kids Class · Sun · 10:00 am - 11:15 am
East Van · Simply Meditate · Tue · 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm


KITSILANO

Kitsilano · Class · Wed · 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


TSAWWASSEN

Tsawwassen · Class · Tue · 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


WEST VANCOUVER

West Van · Class · Mon · 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


WHISTLER

(Monthly class)
Whistler · Class · Sun · 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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 Class Teachers

KMC Vancouver is fortunate to have inspiring and experienced lay and ordained 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
Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
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Inkeri Meharg
Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
Inkeri Teaches Drop-in class Sunday 10am at KMCV.

Inkeri Meharg has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism in Vancouver for over 15 years, and as one of our most long term volunteer managers, she offers her help as the Treasurer. Inkeri teaches the drop-in Meditation and Buddhism class on Sundays, at our main East Van centre.

Colleen Neely
Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
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Colleen Neely
Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
Colleen Teaches Drop-in class Tuesdays 7pm in Tsawwassen.

Colleen Neely is a long-time Kadampa Buddhist practitioner, who has seen first-hand the benefits of meditation for children and families. Her own daughter, now a well-adjusted teenager, attended the Kid’s Meditation classes at our centre for many years. Colleen is a co-teacher for the kids class on Sundays, and teaches adult classes in Tsawassen, on Tuesday evenings. Children are drawn to Colleen’s natural warmth and humour, and adults are drawn to her sincere and humble example, and her practical teachings.

Denise Fitzgerald
Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
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Denise Fitzgerald
Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
Denise Teaches Simply Meditate class Tuesdays 6pm at KMCV.

Denise Fitzgerald is a long term practitioner and has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism and meditation for over 5 years. Denise is a student on the Special Teacher Training Program and shares Buddha’s teachings in a way that is applicable to everyone’s busy daily life. She is a warm-hearted and dedicated member of the spiritual community at KMC Vancouver. Denise teaches Simply Meditate on Tuesday nights, and subs in for other weekly classes from time to time.

Jenalee Tsimaras
Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
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Jenalee Tsimaras
Kadampa Buddhist Teacher
Jenalee Teaches Drop-in class Sunday 10am at KMCV.

Jenalee Tsimaras teaches the drop-in Learn to Meditate class on Wednesdays at our main East Van centre.

What to Expect at a Class

What happens in a class?

At the beginning of each class the teacher will guide a gentle, relaxing meditation in which he or she will help us to develop a beneficial motivation for attending the class.

 Then the teacher will give a practical teaching on some aspect of Buddhist meditation and practice.

 There is usually time for discussion and questions and answers. The teachers have all trained on the Teacher Training Program and are skilled in helping us to apply Buddha’s advice to our own daily lives with appropriate analogies, stories, reasoning and humor.

 The session ends with a guided meditation, designed to help us take the teaching to heart in such a way that we are confident in beginning to practice it on our own.

 Afterwards, for those who wish, there is a chance to talk to the teacher and other students informally.


Ongoing practice

Having learned some methods for improving our mind, we can then continue to train in these meditations and special practices on our own. If we put these methods into practice we will experience our mind gradually becoming more peaceful, our problems diminishing, and our relationships improving.
Although the General Program classes are taught as a series, each class is self-contained, so feel free to attend any one. We frequently offer special introductory workshops, courses and retreats on the weekend at the Temple. We also hold classes throughout Los Angeles, which are an excellent way to begin this spiritual adventure.

As all General Program classes are based on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books, teachers will often reference a particular section of these books. This gives us the opportunity to deepen our familiarity with the topic by engaging in follow-up study.

When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness. If we train our mind to become peaceful we will be happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, then even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we will not be happy. Therefore, it is important to train our mind through meditation.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche