Classes, Day Courses, Events, and Retreats
Many of our classes are drop-in meditation classes. No registration is required and everyone is welcome. These classes are perfect for beginners as well as those with more experience. They provide an introduction and on-going practice of meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhist teachings for daily life.
Throughout the year, we also offer Saturday and Weekend courses as well as retreats. When we reduce our distractions and focus more deeply on spiritual teachings and meditation, even for one day, we begin to see how cultivating a more peaceful state of mind is possible.
Our special events are a great way to meet other like-minded people and become connected to a spiritual community!
We also offer enrollment-based study programs for those wishing to go deeper into understanding and practicing Buddha’s teachings. Open to all levels, these classes occur on a weekly basis and regular attendance is suggested.
Visit these links to see what classes are happening right now, and what is upcoming at our Center.
Chanted prayers, often called pujas or sadhanas, are an important part of our practice. They enable us to prepare our mind for successful meditation by experiencing mental transformation that comes from Buddha’s blessings. They also help us to purify our mind of negativity and gather positive energy that comes from reciting and focusing on the meaning of the prayers. These are open to all unless otherwise noted.
Our daily chanted meditation practice is Wishfulfilling Jewel. Other practices are done on a regular basis. Please feel free to drop-in at anytime to learn about these. You can also find more information at www.Kadampa.org.
Teachers at the Temple
Gen Kelsang Demo has been the resident teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Florida since 2008. She has been a student and disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 20 years and has been teaching for 15 years, helping establish many Dharma Centers in the US. She has a wealth of knowledge and practical teachings for people of all levels of interest. Gen Demo is admired as a Kadampa Buddhist Teacher and is known for her warmth and clear presentation of Buddha’s teachings. She is an inspiring example of how to integrate Buddha’s teachings into modern life.
Salena Alberti is a Kadampa Buddhist Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Florida. She is a sincere student and has taught in many Kadampa Buddhist Center in Philidalphia and Baltimore. She teaches Wednesday Lunchtime Meditations and is known for clarity and warmth when ever she teaches.
Brian Kress is a Kadampa Buddhist meditation teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center Florida. He is a student on the Teacher Training Program and has been practicing for many years. Se is a warm hearted and dedicated member of the spiritual community and shows a good example to others.
Angus Berry is a Kadampa Buddhist meditation teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Florida. He is a long time Kadampa Buddhist practitioner and student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He is known for the clarity and heartfelt presentation of Buddha’s teachings.
Christian Gauthier is the Education Program Coordinator at Kadampa Meditation Center Florida and has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for 8 years. He is known for his joyful and gentle teachings. He is a resident at KMC Florida and is a student on the Teacher Training Program. He has dedicated himself in the service of others by supporting KMC Florida in many ways. His love for meditation and helping others has a positive impact on everyone he meets.
Becoming a member of Kadampa Meditation Center is the most economical way to enjoy all our classes, retreats, day courses and branch classes, while also supporting the growth of the city temple and Kadam Dharma throughout the world. If you attend center classes regularly, your membership will represent a substantial savings over the drop-in costs. Most special events, such as workshops and retreat will have savings for members .
As a member you will be able to attend any of the drop in classes of your choice. This includes:
-Wednesday Lunchtime Meditation @12:15p
( $5 lunch not included)
–Tuesday General Program Class @ 7p
–Sunday Prayers for World Peace @10a
–Sunday Simply Meditate @6p
Discounts on Special events
General Program Membership is $35 a month
For more information or to sign up as a member please call or email: (941) 373-1600 / epc@meditationINsarasota.org
KMC Florida is a nonprofit organization that operates though the kindness of volunteers. By volunteering you will:
• be part of a joyful spiritual community
• be part of creating meaningful events
• find volunteer opportunities for all abilities and interests
Some ways you can offer to help: cooking, cleaning, maintenance work, sewing, gardening, graphic design… and much more! Whatever your skills, let us know and we will find an opportunity for you to help.
You are welcome to help out at any time, either when you have spare time or on a regular basis.
Our working visit program is a great way to experience life at Kadampa Meditation Center Florida and put your compassion in action.
In exchange for 35 hours of voluntary work, working visitors can receive dormitory accommodation and meals, as well as the opportunity to attend daily prayers and General Program classes held at KMC Florida. Jobs vary depending on season and skills – assisting with meal preparation and cleanup, light housecleaning, accommodations preparation, office work, and light yard or garden work, are examples.
Note: To enroll in a working program visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need reference contacts as well as emergency contact
Accommodations at Kadampa Meditation Center
Staying onsite allows retreat and class participants the opportunity to relax and fully engage in the meditation and teachings they are attending. Kadampa Meditation Center is an oasis within the City of Sarasota. There are a number of beautiful walks that can be taken right from our door step and a short drive brings you to many beautiful local beaches. The property itself offers a garden with many native plants and two Bodhi trees. Bring you blanket to lounge and relax in the garden. If you want to be more active in between meditation sessions you don’t need to go far. There is a veranda designed to allow visitors to circumambulate (e.g. walk around) the Temple – a meaningful spiritual practice.
Kadampa Meditation Center Florida offers accommodations on site including limited single, double, and triple occupancy rooms as well as a male and female dorm. All guests are provided with sheets and a towel. You must bring your own toiletries. For select events we also offer indoor camping in the meditation halls which requires each guest to bring their own sleeping pad and bedding. Indoor camping requires that you are able to pack and store your things off-site (e.g. in your car) during the day. There are a total of 5 single shower bathrooms available across the hall from the rooms. You must be attending a class or retreat in order to stay on-site. Please contact admin@MeditationInSarasota.org for availability and pricing.