General Program

Is the General Program right for me?

The KMC Georgia General Program is the ideal starting point for individuals who are interested in bringing peace and tranquility to their lives using ancient and proven techniques that are still relevant for our modern times. Through the lens of these revered technologies, we learn about such topics as higher wisdom, universal compassion, liberation from sorrow, how to solve our human problems and the preciousness of human life. Most importantly, this program provides simple daily practices to help us put this technology into effect immediately!

Are the General Program teachings authentic?

Absolutely. Although a basic introduction to the Buddhist view, General Program teachings are all founded on wisdom and practices of the ancient Mahayana Buddhist tradition, and rooted in the Kadampa lineage of Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa. All the teachings are based on commentaries by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a revered Buddhist master of the Kadampa tradition. Although the General Program is designed to be entirely approachable to the novice, its foundations are deep and extensive. The General Program is taught at every Kadampa Buddhist Center around the world and is an ideal starting point for those interested to find out more about Buddhism and meditation. You can learn more about the Kadampa tradition under About Us in the menu above.

What are the classes like?

We call them “classes,” but there are no attendance commitments; the only homework is to apply the techniques we learn about to our everyday lives; and the only tests are personal checkpoints to make sure we really are becoming happier and more peaceful. Most events consist of a commentary from a qualified KMC Georgia teacher, and a simple guided meditation to help deepen our understanding of the commentary.

Classes are located throughout Atlanta and Alabama, and include regularly-scheduled (usually weekly) classes, as well as special day-courses, meditation day-courses and week-end retreats. You can find out about all the GP scheduled events under the Classes and Special Events menu items, above, and on our Event Calendar. You can also refer to the Find a Class menu to the right.

OK, I’m interested. How do I begin?

Most General Program events are available on a drop-in basis, which means you can show up at any event and pay a non-member fee. However, you can also become a member of KMC Georgia and attend all GP events free or at a reduced price. Please contact us for information on how to join.

Questions?

If you would like to find out more about the General Program, please feel free to contact us at (678) 453-6753 by at info@meditationingeorgia.org.


What's Coming Up...

Oct
22
Mon
6:30 pm Mindful Mondays
Mindful Mondays
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mindful MondaysLeave your worries at the door on as you join our after-work meditation sessions. Learn to find and cultivate stillness within your mind with guided meditation sessions.When and Where?When: Every Monday | 6:30 – 7:00 pmSometimes we need to cancel a class due to weather or other special circumstance. Please be sure to double-check individual classes on our Events ...
7:30 pm Introduction to Buddhist Psychology
Introduction to Buddhist Psychology
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
This class offers the perfect way to start your week off right! We will start with an easy meditation that allows you to de-stress, followed by a short teaching, time for discussion and a final meditation that brings it all together. Buddha is renowned for his supreme understanding of how the mind functions to produce happiness or suffering. His teachings ...
Oct
23
Tue
6:30 pm De-Stress & Decompress Meditation
De-Stress & Decompress Meditation
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Leave your worries at the door on as you join our after-work meditation sessions. Learn to find and cultivate stillness within your mind with guided meditation sessions.Sometimes we need to cancel a class due to weather or other special circumstance. Please be sure to double-check individual classes on our Events Calendar. Class Fees $8.00 per classKMC Georgia Members: Free. Not a member? ...
Oct
24
Wed
12:00 pm Lunchtime Meditations
Lunchtime Meditations
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcomed and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and learn to cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a ...
6:00 pm Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
With Kadampa Meditation Teacher Bonita McCay. Learn or refine your meditation skills with this highly qualified meditation guide! All are welcome. Just drop in…no advance registration needed. Please call (256) 412–5734 if you need any additional information. Class Fees: ° General & Foundation Program Members: Free ° Benefactors: Free ° Non-Members: $7 per class Please see our Membership page at ...
6:30 pm Transform your Life through Medi...
Transform your Life through Medi...
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcome and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a class due ...
Oct
25
Thu
7:00 pm Huntsville Meditation Class
Huntsville Meditation Class
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
With Kadampa Meditation Teacher Yingji Wang. These ongoing drop-in classes are designed so that you can join us at any point in the series and not feel left out. Each class contains a brief meditation, a short teaching and discussion. Each series lasts for a few weeks, before switching topics. Everyone welcome!Find more information online.Class fee° General & Foundation Program Members: Free° Benefactors: ...
7:30 pm Going Deeper: Timeless Buddhist ...
Going Deeper: Timeless Buddhist ...
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
This class is perfect for those looking to explore the deeper concepts of the Buddha’s teachings, such as karma, past and future lives, permanent liberation from the cycle of impure life, and transforming daily adversities into the spiritual path. Bring great meaning and purpose to your daily life by learning how to integrate the Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy, ...
Oct
26
Fri
12:00 pm Lunchtime Meditations
Lunchtime Meditations
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcomed and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and learn to cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a ...
6:30 pm Meditation and Dinner Social
Meditation and Dinner Social
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Looking to meet like-minded people and have fun? Join our community night where we relax, meet new people, and engage in honest conversations about how to live our lives meaningfully. the meditation is from 6:30-7:15pm. After our meditation, we will enjoy dinner out as a group at a local restaurant.Hosted by American Buddhist monk and KMC GA resident teacher, Gen ...