Why Meditate?

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is calm and peaceful we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.

If we examine our life we will discover that most of our time and energy is devoted to mundane activities, such as seeking material and emotional security, enjoying sensory pleasures, or establishing a good reputation.

Although these things can make us happy for a short time, they are not able to provide the deep lasting contentment that we long for. Sooner or later our happiness turns into dissatisfaction, and we find ourselves engaged in the pursuit of more worldly pleasures.

Directly or indirectly, worldly pleasures cause us mental and physical suffering by stimulating attachment, jealousy, and frustration. Moreover, seeking to fulfill our own desires often bring us into conflict with others.

If true fulfillment cannot be found in worldly pleasures, then where can it be found? Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external circumstances.

If our mind is pure and peaceful we will be happy, regardless of our external conditions, but if it is impure and unpeaceful, we will never find happiness, no matter how much we try to change our external conditions.

The method to make our mind pure and peaceful is to train in meditation.

“Without inner peace in the hearts of living beings, there can be no outer peace.” ~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

By practicing Kadampa buddhist meditation we can

Solve Daily Problems

All our classes and retreats are designed to solve the problems of modern living, providing relevant solutions to the struggles we all face on a day to day basis. Through practical, simple​,​ and scientific methods, ​everyone​ can directly transform the way they perceive themselves, others​, ​and the world in which we live. We offer tools you can ​​immediately apply to solve daily problems and become ​calmer, more ​relaxed, ​and ​happ​ier.

Heal Mental Pai​n​

​Buddha’s teachings ​​provide practical solutions to pervasive mental and emotional difficulties, helping to heal anxiety, stress, anger, frustration, depression, loneliness, jealousy, addiction, boredom​, ​and confusion.

Cultivate Good Qualities

Through spititual training, we can all learn to cultivate inner qualities that lead to authentic, lasting peace simply by changing our thoughts and attitudes. Through practicing Kadampa Buddhist meditation, we become kinder, more patient, positive, joyful, relaxed, confident, focused, content, blissful, creative, and fulfilled

Change Ourselves, Heal Our World

The practical meditations and ideas we teach help people change their mind, which is the most powerful agent of change in the world. Our experience of ​everything is a reflection of the quality of our mind​.​​ So, if we ​wish to change our world, we need to change the quality of our mind. By thinking about ourselves, others​,​ and the world​ around us​ in more constructive​ and​ positive ways, we ​are able to ​have a positive impact upon our relationships and our world.

Develop Your Spiritual Potential

We have an extraordinary capacity to change. Step by step, we can learn how to tap into this powerful potential that lies within. Gradually, through training our mind, we can ​ripen our highest spiritual potential, the fully awakened state of enlightenment, and be of tremendous benefit to our family, friends, and to this world.

What to Expect at a Meditation Class

Take the time to Relax, Meditate, and be Inspired.

We offer weekly meditation classes and other events in Asheville, NC; Greenville, SC; and Knoxville, TN suitable for beginners and advanced meditators alike. Everyone is welcomed to attend

What should I expect at a class?

Each class consist of guided meditations and practical advice for solving our daily problems through applying different ways of thinking that lead to the experience of greater inner peace.

Each class is self contained and you do not need to attend an entire series to benefit. You can drop-in to any class that works for your schedule and there is no need to pre-register for our weekly classes.

For courses you may register online or at the door. Chairs and cushions are provided.

Check our calendar for updated schedule and class breaks. Calendar

Weekly Meditation Classes

at Je Tsongkhapa Kadampa Buddhist Center

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Sundays | 10:30 - 11:45am
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Mondays | 10:00 - 11:00am
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Wednesdays | 7:00 - 8:00pm

Classes in Other Areas

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@ Greenville SC Branch
Sundays | 4:00 - 5:15pm
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@ Knoxville  TN Branch
Tuesdays | 7:00 - 8:15pm

Upcoming Events & Retreats

Toxic People and Boundaries:
A Buddhist Perspective Half-Day Course

Half-day Course Saturday, March 9 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

What is the best method for establishing boundaries? How can we skillfully navigate those we find toxic? Is there a way to not be triggered?

We can find answers to these big questions in Buddha’s ancient wisdom, as well as special methods to diffuse these common difficulties and bring the best possible outcomes. Learn how to manage even the most challenging relationships calming and wisely. Includes guided meditation, talks, Q&A and a tea break with refreshments.

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Aging with Equanimity:
Meditations for Inner Balance Half-Day Course

Half-day Course Saturday, March 16 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

When we are young maybe we think of older people as if they are another species, but in reality the only real difference between a young person and an old person is a matter of time.

Maybe you have entered a later season of your life or are watching others that you care about struggle to adapt to changed identities and sometimes challenging realities that often accompany getting older.

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Overcoming Anger: Half-Day Course

Half-day Course Saturday, April 6 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

Anger appears in many forms and disguises.  Sometimes it manifests as a feeling of stress, other times it may take the form of depression. From the slightest frustration to resentment and embittered rage, anger is an emotion we all need to understand and conquer if we are to enjoy and make the most out of our life. In this course we will explore practical solutions to the problem of anger, deconstructing its actual causes and learning viable alternatives to this painful habit of mind.

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Nyungnay: A Purification & Fasting Retreat

Friday April 12 & Saturday April 13 | 7:00am - 4:445pm (3 sessions)

Every April Kadampa Buddhists around the world celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day by engaging in Nyungnay, a special purification practice. This two-day retreat, which is done in conjunction with Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara practice, is a powerful method for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions.

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Meditations for Anxiety: Half-Day Course

Half-day Course Saturday, April 20 | 10:30am - 1:00pm

Anxiety is quite prevalent in these turbulent times. It is common to experience fear and anxiety, and as a result we often turn to things that don’t address the real problem. We try to numb ourselves with denial, distractions, food or other substances, or we just exhaust ourself trying to control everything around us. In this half-day course based in Buddhist Psychology we will learn time tested methods that will help us to deeply relax and take hold of the ‘mind of anxiety’, so that it is no longer in control of our life.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:
Meditations on the Wheel of Life 

Please note this Day Course has been rescheduled for Saturday June 15  10:00am - 3:00pm

We have all heard the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. 

Contemplating and meditating on the symbolism and deep meaning contained in the Wheel of Life Diagram, an ancient piece of art, is like contemplating a road map pointing us towards liberation and teaching us how to develop the stages of the path to enlightenment.

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Asheville, NC 28805

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