Important Announcement - Kadampa Meditation Center is Closed to Onsite Visitors
All classes and events are held online - please see below
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Live-Streamed Special Events
The following courses & retreats will be live-streamed online. Anyone is welcome to register.
Live-Streamed Meditation Classes
or our local area, we offer “Drop-in Online” live-streamed weekly classes on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Please note that these meditation classes are for our local community in the Tri-State area only (Western NY, Eastern PA, and Northern NJ). If you do not live in this area, please see your closest Kadampa Center here. If you attend another Kadampa Center, please contact them for information on live-stream classes.
Chanted Prayers via Facebook Live
Please follow our Facebook page as we will live-stream our chanted prayers. Everyone is welcome to join in as we make prayers.
Make a Donation
When Venerable Geshe-la has the vision to develop a modern Buddhist Temple in every major city of the world. To accomplish this and many other purposes, he founded the International Temples Project (ITP).
All profits generated through the activities of the International Temples Project are dedicated to public benefit through the continual development of this fund.
Become a Member
Commit to your own spiritual growth by becoming a member of KMC New York. If you regularly attend classes and events and want the most economical option, or if you want to take your meditation practice to another level, sign up for a membership plan!
The Benefits of Meditation
By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enables us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium, a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of excitement and despondency.
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“At present our wisdom is like a young child, or a new moon. We may have developed some wisdom from listening to teachings and reading and studying books, but this wisdom needs to be developed much further. By relying on the Three Study Programs we can gradually increase our wisdom until it is completely mature, like a full moon. With this kind of wisdom we will have a firm, stable confidence when teaching Dharma to others.”
– Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition
Open to everyone on a drop-in basis. Learn about meditation and how to use Buddha’s teachings in daily life.
For those wishing to take the next step in their study of Buddhism and meditation, FP provides a systematic presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism. Although students study one book a t a time, the program comprises five subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso:
- The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, based on the commentary Joyful Path of Good Fortune;
- Training the Mind, based on the commentaries Universal Compassion and The New Eight Steps to Happiness;
- The Heart Sutra, based on the commentary The New Heart of Wisdom;
- Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, based on the commentary Meaningful to Behold; and
- Types of Mind, based on the commentary How to Understand the Mind.
Teacher Training Program
TTP enables practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Mahayana Buddhism, and to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers. The Program comprises twelve subjects based on Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and the corresponding commentaries by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The first five subjects of the Program are the same as for the Foundation Program, and the additional subjects are:
- Guide to the Middle Way, based on the commentary Ocean of Nectar;
- Vajrayana Mahamudra, based on the commentary Clear Light of Bliss;
- The Bodhisattva’s Moral Discipline, based on the commentary The Bodhisattva Vow;
- Offering to the Spiritual Guide, based on the commentaries Great Treasury of Merit and Mahamudra Tantra;
- Vajrayogini Tantra, based on the commentary The New Guide to Dakini Land;
- Grounds and Paths of Secret Mantra, based on the commentary Tantric Grounds and Paths; and
- The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala, based on the commentary Essence of Vajrayana.
Participants also need to observe certain commitments with regard to behavior and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats.
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Karma means actions: the actions of our body, speech and mind. This subject is very meaningful. Throughout our life we have to experience various kinds of suffering and problems without choice. This is because we do not understand what actions we need to abandon and what actions we need to practice. If we had this knowledge and put it into practice there would be no basis for experiencing suffering and problems.
Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, showed the manner of accomplishing the ultimate goal of living beings, the attainment of enlightenment, at Bodh Gaya in India in 589 BC.
Dharma means “protection.” By practicing Buddha’s teachings we protect ourself from suffering and problems. All the problems we experience during daily life originate in ignorance, and the method for eliminating ignorance is to practice Dharma.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never been to a meditation class/workshop before.
I've never been to a meditation class before what should I expect?
Our meditation classes are very accessible. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. We provide both cushions and chairs, and there is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved.
How should I dress?
Feel free to come however you are comfortable. We ask people to remove shoes and hats when you enter the meditation room.
Do I need to bring anything?
Nothing in particular, but some people like to take notes so you may wish to bring a notepad and pen.
If I’m a complete beginner, should I attend this class?
Yes, our meditation workshops are perfect for everyone. This course, in particular is a great way to begin a meditation practice – no previous experience is necessary.
Do I need to be Buddhist to attend?
No, our meditation workshops are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.
What are some benefits of attending meditation classes?
Through sincerely training in meditation on the teachings given in these classes you will attain spiritual realizations, which lead you to permanent liberation from all the sufferings of this life and countless future lives. There is no greater meaning than this. Even temporarily, whenever you experience problems, unpleasant feelings, depression or unhappiness you can solve these problems immediately by transforming your mind into peace through your meditation practice. The benefits of meditation are immeasurable.
We are currently closed to on-site visitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Temple, Cafe & Bookstore Monday - Saturday 11:30am-1pm & 2-4pm | Sunday 9am-11am & 12:30-4pm
Nature Trails & Gardens 9am-7pm
Our hours vary depending on what events are going on at the Temple. Please check our calendar
9am-5pm Monday - Friday
47 Sweeney Rd
Glen Spey, NY 12737