Frequently Asked Questions

I’m new and curious about meditation. Which class should I go to first?

There are a number of introductory classes throughout the week at our main center in the Millburn Mall and various branches in northern and central New Jersey. See the Calendar for specific days and times. These classes offer  a wonderful opportunity to learn how to meditate and become familiar with Buddhist teachings and practice. The range of topics include the Buddhist view, understanding the mind, improving relationships, letting go of anger, understanding karma, and more.  Each class includes a guided meditation, teaching and Q&A. See calendar for details.

How long are classes?

Classes generally go on for an hour to an hour and a half. See our calendar for details.

I’ve never been to a Buddhist center before. What should I expect? 

Classes at the center and its branches are very accessible. Teachings and prayers are all in English. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. Comfortable chairs are used for seating.

Before entering the meditation room at the main center in the Millburn Mall, it is traditional to take off shoes and hats. Also, when the Teacher enters, we normally stand out of respect for Buddha’s teachings.

I’ve been coming to classes for a while. I really like what I hear. Is there something more I can try?

For those students who want a more structured approach to their exploration of Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso designed the Foundation Program (FP). The FP immerses us in Buddhist teachings by studying systematically each of five texts drawn from Buddha’s Sutra (publicly accessible) teachings.

Our center also provides a Teacher Training Program developed by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The purpose of the Teacher Training Program (TTP) is to provide an extensive presentation of Buddha’s Sutra (publicly accessible) and Tantra (esoteric) teachings within Kadampa Buddhism.  TTP also gives practitioners the opportunity to train as teachers within the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU).