For the Greater Roanoke Valley
Dharmapala Kadampa Buddhist Center provides meditation classes and teachings for the larger community of Southwest Virginia. This Center was established to provide everyone with the opportunity to learn about and practice Buddha’s teachings. We are members of the world-wide New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU), an international community of Centers founded upon the compassionate intention to bring practical wisdom of Buddha’s teachings to everyone within their local communities.
Our General Program Meditation classes are suitable for both experienced meditators and those who are new to meditation. Cost is $10 per class. We often present our Programs in a series, but each class is designed to be self-contained - please feel free to drop-in for one, several or all of a series. There is no attendance commitment for General Program.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of current religious or spiritual affiliation, background or previous experience of Buddhist practices. Our chanted prayers and meditations held throughout the month are also open to the public unless otherwise indicated. See our SCHEDULE for times and please contact us with any questions.
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We should know that in recent years our understanding and control of the external world have increased considerably and as a result we have witnessed remarkable material progress, but there has not been a correpsonding increase in human happiness. There is no less suffering in the world today, and there are no fewer problems. Indeed, it might be said that there are now more problems and greater unhappiness than ever before. This shows that the cause of happiness and the the solution to our problems do no lie in knowledge or control of the external world. Happiness and suffering are feelings - parts of our mind - and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we really want to be truly happy and free from suffering we must improve our understanding of the mind. ~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How To Understand the Mind