Where to Start

General Program classes (GP, or drop-in classes) are the best place to begin to become familiar with the teachings and meditations and decide if they resonate with you and your experiences.

Saturday events are also a wonderful place to begin (see below).

Our main GP classes are held at the World Peace Temple in Baltimore Thursday evenings 7pm-8:15pm and Wednesday mornings 10:30am-11:30am. These classes are usually taught by our Resident Teacher, Gen Chogden, who has been studying under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 20 years.
We also have weekly General Program classes in several branch-class locations:


About General Program classes

The meditation classes of KMC Maryland are suitable for both beginners and experienced meditators. People from all walks of life attend our classes – young and old, religious and atheist. Some simply want to learn how to meditate, and these classes are perfect for this purpose. Others want to learn more about Buddhism, and the classes are perfect for this too.  Everyone is welcome!

Classes run for an hour to an hour and a half, check the location to see what is offered. We meditate sitting on chairs to ensure that everyone is comfortable, cushions are available at our main center if desired. There is no physical exercise involved.

The general structure of the class:

  • A brief introduction
  • A brief guided breathing meditation to prepare your mind for teachings and meditation
  • Practical teaching on how to solve problems in daily life and develop and maintain inner peace
  • A longer meditation to further deepen your experience of the topic and familiarize your mind with it

After the class everyone is welcome to stay after for conversation or questions and, in some locations, for light refreshments as well.

Attending the class

The general class topics are organized as short courses, usually 4-6 weeks long. You can attend the whole course (at a discounted rate when purchasing the entire series) or simply drop in whenever you can — each class is self-contained. You do not need to reserve a spot in advance, simply find a meditation class near you and pay when you arrive. If you would like more information or help, please contact us (410) 243-3837

About Guided Meditation classes

There are several 30-minute guided mediation classes offered at the Temple (as well as a Lunchtime Meditation Class in Annapolis Tuesday afternoons). These are simply guided meditations to help you decompress and renew the peace in your mind.

About Saturday special events

About Monthly, we offer Meditation and Mindfulness class, which is a wonderful way to develop a foundation for your meditation practice.  For more about those classes click here.

We also offer about-monthly Day Retreats on various topics that address how we can ALL develop and maintain peace. Topics include learning to Heal Our Past, Overcoming Fear of Death, learning to develop Patience, Love, Compassion or Wisdom, or How to Understand Our Mind and its impact on our happiness and suffering (just to name a few) — see “Courses & Retreats” on our main-page menu. These are a wonderful place to start and offer a deeper experience of one topic — with 4 sessions and each session offering both teaching and meditation on the day’s topic.

There’s nothing special to bring. Chairs and mediation cushions are available in the main meditation room (where all classes are held). We remove our shoes before entering the meditation room, so you may want to wear socks.  You can dress comfortably (it’s suggested to wear layers as everyone’s experience of temperature is different).