Sarasota Temple

Drop in Classes for Everyone


Evening Meditation Class | 7pm – 8:30pm

February Series: Making Life Meaningful

with Resident Teacher Gen Demo

There is nothing more precious than our human life. Having been born as a human being we have immense freedom to accomplish almost anything we want. But what will make us truly happy? What will benefit others most? And when this life is over, what will help us then? In this series we will explore Buddha’s teachings on death and impermanence as a practical method to bring meaning to our life. By doing this we can refresh our focus and learn to make daily activities part of our spiritual practice.

Class fee: $10 (included for Temple Supporters)

Monday, Wednesdays, & Fridays

Lunchtime Meditation | 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Mondays: Brian Alberti
Wednesdays: Salena Alberti
Friday: Bill Toriello

Take 30 minutes  in the middle of the day to connect to your heart, cultivate inner peace and happiness and clarify your intention for the day.  Everyone is welcome to attend these guided meditations. No previous experience is necessary. On Wednesdays, join us for a delicious vegetarian lunch served in our World Peace Cafe. The menu is at the front desk when you arrive. No need to pre-register, drop-ins are welcome. Please let the receptionist know when you arrive if you are staying for lunch.

Class Fee: $5 for meditation (included for Temple Supporters) | $5 for vegetarian lunch on Wednesdays


Prayers for World Peace | 10am – 11:30am

February Series: Developing Confidence

with Meditation Teacher Angus Berry

Most of us want to work out the issues in our lives that interfere with our freedom and happiness.  But when we try to change, we fall back into old, well-worn patterns. Before long, we can even begin to suspect that we can’t change and find our self getting depressed or discouraged. In this series we will look at our potential to change and train in developing an inner confidence that protects us from discouraged ways of looking our self and others.  Everyone welcome. Suggested Donation: $10

Kids Meditation Class | 10am – 11:30am

with Meditation Teacher Christian Gauthier

We are delighted to offer Kids’ Meditation Classes at our Center. These meditation classes are designed to help children (ages 5 -12) develop a peaceful, positive state of mind by listening to and applying Buddha’s simple compassionate teachings and meditations. Each week there is a short meditation, a brief teaching, chanted prayers, and a creative activity. We emphasize kindness to others and the cultivation of a happy heart. Your child will benefit from these classes by learning how to maintain a peaceful mind even in difficult situations. Kids must be accompanied by an adult who is attending Prayers for World Peace or helping in the kids’ class. Suggest $1 Donation

Simply Meditate | 6pm – 6:45pm  Begins this Sunday!

with Meditation Teacher Lisa Hoffman

Join us every Sunday from 6pm to 6:45pm for a relaxing guided meditation. Each week we will cover different topics ranging from the development of compassion to improving our mindfulness and concentration. These meditations are suitable for all levels of experience. Each class will consist of a practical 15 minute teaching followed by a 30 minute guided meditation. Everyone Welcome!
Suggested Donation: $5

In Depth Study Programs

Foundation Program

Sundays | 4pm – 6:30pm

The New Eight Steps to Happiness

with Resident Teacher Gen Demo

As a commentary to one of Buddhism’s best-loved and most enduring teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa, it explains how to transform every moment of our life into a step on the path to inner peace, and in particular how to transform all of life’s difficulties into truly liberating experiences.
This program provides excellent conditions to deepen our knowledge and experience along our spiritual path through study, guided meditation, discussion and practical advice from an experienced teacher.

This is not a drop-in class. Enrollment is required.

For more information, please contact Christian at:

Teacher Training Program

Mondays | 5:15pm – 9:15pm

The New Guide to Dakini Land

with Resident Teacher Gen Demo

The purpose of the Teacher Training Program is to provide an extensive presentation of particular subjects of Mahayana Buddhism to enable practitioners to deepen their knowledge and experience of Buddhism, and to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers.

This comprehensive guide provides a detailed and practical explanation of the two stages of Vajrayogini practice – generation stage and completion stage – and shows how we can integrate these practices into our daily life, thereby transforming every moment of our life into the path to enlightenment. It is a unique guide to becoming a Tantric enlightened being in the modern world.

This is not a drop-in class. Enrollment is required.

For more information, please contact Christian at:

Classes in Branch Locations

Anna Maria Island


Longboat Key

Key West


Meditation in Sarasota & classes and Modern Buddhism

Kadampa Meditation Center Florida (KMC Florida) is the central hub for Kadampa Buddhism in Florida, located on North Washington Blvd and 7th street. Its purpose is to offer people throughout Sarasota the opportunity to learn about meditation and the practices of Kadampa Buddhism.

Meditation classes

We offer weekly meditation classes at the Center and branch locations. The classes are suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to experienced meditators.


All drop in classes are suitable for beginners. If you are interest in attending any of the meditation classes but don’t know what to expect, check out this link on what to expect in a class.