Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Buddhist?

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits. Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion. Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they follow another faith or not.

Do I need to have any experience?

No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes. For online classes, you need to book in advance, but for most classes booking is open until the time the class starts.

If you are having any difficulty booking a class, please contact us at: admin@meditateinsanfrancisco.org, 415-503-1187

How should I dress?

No special clothing is required. Come as you are.

Is there any kind of physical exercise involved?


Will I be asked to speak in front of a group?

No. If you would like to ask a question in the online classes, you can send a question via the Chat function in Zoom, or ask a question at the end of the class during the Q&A period

Do I need to wait for the next series of classes to begin?

No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Although the classes are often taught as a series, each class is self-contained, so feel free to attend any one class.

Why do you charge for classes?

Our Center completely depends on class fees, memberships and donations to operate.

What if I don’t have money and I want to go to a class?

We never turn away anyone for lack of funds. If you are having financial challenges and would like to attend a class, please contact the Administrative Director: admin@meditateinsanfrancisco.org, 415-503-1187.

What relevance does Buddhism have to the U.S. now and to my life?

Although Buddhism first appeared in India over 2,500 years ago, it has a timeless and universal relevance. In a nutshell, Buddha explained that all our problems arise from confused and negative states of mind. He taught methods for ridding the mind of these destructive states and thereby realizing true happiness and fulfillment. These methods work for any mind, in any country, at any age.

Who do Buddhists worship and why?

Buddhists regard all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as perfect guides and role models, and as such, naturally develop faith in them and rely upon them as Spiritual Guides. For this reason, Buddhists strive, through meditation, prayer and various ritual practices, to connect with enlightened beings and to receive their transformative blessings.

Is The NKT part of Tibetan Buddhism?

The New Kadampa Tradition is global Buddhism. Just as Tibetans faithfully adopted the practices taught to them by the great Indian masters and adapted those to their own culture, so Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, encourages people from all ethnic backgrounds to adopt the wisdom and compassion of Buddha and to put it into practice in a way that suits their particular culture.

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