Spiritual Retreats at KMC Florida, Sarasota

  • Spiritual Retreats at KMC Florida

    Our spiritual meditation retreats give people to opportunity for personal reflection, contemplation, and meditation. They are held within the friendly, inspiring, and spiritual environment of Kadampa Meditation Center Florida and are open to beginners and to those who are more experienced at meditation. The spiritual retreats cover different topics from mindfulness & meditation to loving kindness & wisdom. Everyone is welcome.

    HOW DOES MEDITATION HELP

    Meditation is a simple technique used by millions of spiritual people throughout the world where we practice mindfulness to develop a calm and peaceful mind. Silent meditation reduces stress, anxiety, and other negative states of minds and promotes physical health due to the relationship between our mind and the health of our body. With a peaceful mind we feel a greater joy for life and our relationships with people and the world around us become harmonious. Buddhist Meditation brings stillness and time for reflection.

  • Spiritual Retreat Structure

    The spiritual meditation retreats include silent time, practical instructions, guided meditations, Q & A, and food and refreshments. In between sessions there is time to relax, rest, and spend time with like minded friends in our Cafe. The peaceful surroundings of Kadampa Meditation Center Florida help people to create a comfortable space within their own minds.

  • On-site Accommodation Options

    Kadampa Meditation Center Florida has a variety of on-site accommodation options including single, double, and triple occupancy rooms as well as a male and female dorm. We also have ample bathroom facilities for our guests. Staying onsite in our comfortable accommodation gives our retreat and class participants the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the meditation retreat or course they are attending.

  • The Spiritual Retreat Teachers

    Our spiritual meditation retreats are taught by experienced teachers who will guide all the meditations and answer any questions you may have about Buddhist meditation practice.

  • Upcoming Spiritual Meditation Retreats & Booking

    Listed below are the upcoming spiritual retreats & courses at Kadampa Meditation Center Florida. Click on “Find Out More” for information on a course and for online booking.

Useful Information

Spiritual Retreat Topics

These spiritual retreats explore different Buddhist meditation topics such as mindfulness, loving kindness, karma, past and future lives, compassion, patience, wisdom and how we can practically apply them in daily life to solve our problems.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Here are some common questions that people ask about our meditation courses. If you have any other questions please contact us and we will be happy to help you in anyway.

Q: What courses and retreats are available?

Our courses and retreats range from beginner level to more advanced levels on subjects from mindfulness & loving kindness to compassion & wisdom.

Q: Do I need to be Buddhist to attend a course?

A: No, our courses are presented in a way that is accessible to everyone, and no religious obligation is required.

Q: Do I need to have experience of meditation or Buddhism to attend a course?

A: Mostly no. Everyone is welcome, including beginners. Some experience of Buddhism would only be recommended for deeper Buddhist topics.

Q: If I’m a complete beginner, should I attend a retreat?

A: Yes, but it would be recommended that you attend a more beginner focused course

Q: Which retreats are suitable for someone with some experience of meditation?

A: All of the retreats listed on this site are useful for those with some experience of meditation.

Q: Will I be asked to say anything, or speak in front of a group of people?

A: No. But you can ask questions if you want to.

Q: Is there any physical exercise involved, such as yoga?

A: No. The courses focus on meditation alone.

Q: Can I sit on a chair on retreat or do I have to sit cross legged?

A: Yes, you can sit on a chair! There are also cuhions for those who like to sit on the floor in the traditional cross legged position.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Nothing in particular. However, some people find it useful to bring a notepad and pen.

Q: How should I dress? 

A: There are no special requirements, but comfortable clothing is generally best.

Q: Do I need to book in advance?

A: Yes, if possible (as you pay less than at door price). All retreat listed on this website can be booked in advance.

What to expect on our courses

Our retreats consist of a mixture of guided meditation, practical  instructions, Q & A,  discussion and refreshment periods.

Our Kadampa Temple

The venue for these meditation classes is our Kadampa Meditation Temple in Sarasota. The Temple is the most beautiful and inspiring sacred place for people to learn, in a safe and peaceful environment, the practices of Buddhist meditation. Under the guidance of our Kadampa Teachers you can learn how to find greater peace and happiness from within.

New to meditation?

All our courses are open to those who have no previous experience of Meditation. The classes are presented in a down to earth, practical, and accessible way. Everyone is welcome.

Why meditate

The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive states of mind, conducive to peace and well-being, and overcome negative habits of mind. Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external situations. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.

“If we want to experience true, lasting happiness, we need to learn the secret of inner peace by meditating.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

About meditation

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries, stress, and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.

If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.