Where to Begin
This page includes information you’ll find useful if you’re thinking about attending a class at Dharmachakra Buddhist Center.
Check out this video featuring our Resident Teacher, Peter Kurczynski, along with some of our long-term practitioners:
You don't need to be Buddhist to benefit from Buddha's teachings.
Regardless of your faith, you are welcome to come along and enjoy some of our classes and become part of our community.
If you've never attended a class before, it's best to attend a General Program class to get a taste of what's on offer. GP classes typically follow the structure of a teaching followed by meditation.
Our Meetup classes follow the General Program structure and are great for newcomers.
Remember, meditation is a skill learned through repetition. It's not unusual for people to try meditation for the first time and feel distracted and unfocused. That's okay. If you decide now to stick with it and practice regularly you'll become a seasoned meditator in time.
By attending classes at the center you'll surround yourself with a group of people who are sincere about training their minds through meditation, so you'll be in great company.
If you prefer a structured approach to learning about meditation and Buddhism, the Foundation Program (FP) may be right for you. Through regular and systematic teachings, discussion and meditation in a study group, FP supports students to improve their practice and make faster progress. Contact the center for further details.
Our center is run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers. Even if you're interested in Buddha's teachings but don't yet feel ready to attend a class, you're welcome to become part of our community through volunteering.
If you'd like to do some pre-reading before attending one of our classes, Geshe Kelsang has recently made two of his most widely read books available for free online. Check out Modern Buddhism and How to Transform your life here.
If you have any questions, please check out our FAQ page. Otherwise, feel free to get in touch with us.
You can call the center on 973 847 5421 or contact us via the contact us page.