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 join the General Program as a sustaining member and attend all GP events free or at a reduced price. Please visit our Membership page for more information on the specific benefits of joining the General Program and register.

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...

Jun
20
Wed
12:00 pm Atlanta Central Library Meditation
Atlanta Central Library Meditation
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Meditation causes peace of mind, the source of true happiness. You can use it throughout your daily life to free your mind from negativity such as anxiety, anger or accumulated stress, and to help you be the person you want to be in every relationship, creating harmony at home and on the job. These meditation classes include a short introduction ...
6:00 pm Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Jun 20 @ 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 ...
Jun
23
Sat
8:00 am Old Fourth Ward: Meditations in ...
Old Fourth Ward: Meditations in ...
Jun 23 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Sometimes we need to skip a Saturday due to weather or other special circumstances. Please refer to our Facebook page or Events Calendar to confirm all event dates.Join us each Saturday morning this summer for Morning Meditations in the Park! These meditations are perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike. What a great way to get your weekend off to ...
Jun
24
Sun
10:30 am Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Jun 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Please join us every Sunday as we look at various aspects of Buddhist psychology, providing practical advice for our busy modern world. We begin each class with a short meditation to relax and prepare our minds, followed by a practical teaching perfect for both beginner and advanced meditators. We then end the session with another brief meditation based on the ...
Jun
25
Mon
8:00 pm Living Fearlessly: The Courage t...
Living Fearlessly: The Courage t...
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A four-week series with meditations, teachings, and meaningful discussions each week. KMC Georgia Resident Teacher and American Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Mondrub, introduces a simple and pragmatic approach to cultivating the courage to change and improve our lives, based on the practices of modern Buddhism. This practical advice will lead to authentic and lasting results in our pursuit of happiness ...
Jun
26
Tue
7:30 pm Poncey Highlands Meditation Class
Poncey Highlands Meditation Class
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Ancient wisdom for modern times! Join us for a special series exploring the practical advice found in the famous Buddhist text, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, by meditation master Shantideva. 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 two meditations ...
Jun
27
Wed
12:00 pm Atlanta Central Library Meditation
Atlanta Central Library Meditation
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Meditation causes peace of mind, the source of true happiness. You can use it throughout your daily life to free your mind from negativity such as anxiety, anger or accumulated stress, and to help you be the person you want to be in every relationship, creating harmony at home and on the job. These meditation classes include a short introduction ...
6:00 pm Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Jun 27 @ 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 ...
Jun
30
Sat
8:00 am Old Fourth Ward: Meditations in ...
Old Fourth Ward: Meditations in ...
Jun 30 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Sometimes we need to skip a Saturday due to weather or other special circumstances. Please refer to our Facebook page or Events Calendar to confirm all event dates.Join us each Saturday morning this summer for Morning Meditations in the Park! These meditations are perfect for beginners and advanced meditators alike. What a great way to get your weekend off to ...
Jul
1
Sun
10:30 am Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Sandy Springs Meditation Class
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Please join us every Sunday as we look at various aspects of Buddhist psychology, providing practical advice for our busy modern world. We begin each class with a short meditation to relax and prepare our minds, followed by a practical teaching perfect for both beginner and advanced meditators. We then end the session with another brief meditation based on the ...