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).

Currently, we are offering two weekly classes on-line due to Covid
Both are General Program classes and suitable for all levels of experience.
Click here to learn more about our recorded Meditations for Daily LIfe, available Tues-Sat to watch at your convenience.
Click here to learn more about our Thurs livestream brief meditation followed by discussion to connect with your spiritual community, our Resident Teacher Gen Chogden and to ask all your meditation or Dharma questions.
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, practical courses, usually 4-6 weeks long. You can attend the whole series or just attend the ones that appeal to you.

About Guided Meditation classes

30-minute guided mediations are emailed to members Monday-Friday. For more about becoming a member, click here 

About Saturday special events

About monthly, we offer Meditation Retreats on various topics that address how we can ALL develop and maintain a peaceful mind and develop a peaceful life. 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 for upcoming retreats. These are a wonderful place to start and offer a deeper experience of one topic — with several sessions; each session offering both teaching and meditation on the day’s topic.

Since we are currently offering only on-line classes, just try to provide yourself with a quiet place, where you won’t be disturbed.