Our Classes


Our classes range from short and simple guided breathing meditations to livestream drop-in classes, weekend retreats, and in-depth study programs. No prior experience of meditation or knowledge of Buddhism is necessary to participate.

Everyone is welcome.

Learn to Meditate, or Deepen Your Daily Practice.
Find the class that's right for you.
General Program Drop-in Meditation Classes


:: Current Series ::

Having a Great Daily Meditation Practice: 

The Essence of Concentration

with Gen Kelsang Tenzin

Meditation that touches our heart is essential for gaining spiritual insights and a calm, clear, and peaceful mind. Developing our concentration is a powerful way to improve our meditation practice. Strengthening this single-pointedness of mind allows us to control our mind and direct it in the most constructive and beneficial ways.

In this series, we will learn practical techniques for improving our concentration so our meditations become powerful and heartfelt experiences that transform our mind. Practicing in this way, we will quickly overcome our daily problems and become of great benefit to others. 


This series is suitable for all levels of experience and a wonderful place to start if you are new to meditation.

On-demand playback available for 72 hours.


Mondays  7 — 8:15 pm

Free for Members

$12 per person for drop-in


4/5  Discover the Bliss of Concentration & Your Own Inner Source of Joy
4/12  Learning to Sit: Finding the Correct Meditation Posture

4/19  Learning to Focus: Finding the Object of Meditation 
4/26  Abiding with Wisdom and Compassion

5/3  Remaining Like a Calm Ocean
5/3  The Nine Mental Abidings: Achieving Perfect Concentration

5/17  Maintaining Our Calm in Daily Life: The Practice of Non-Harmfulness


Prayers for World Peace

with Chris Taylor

“By learning to cherish others we can experience greater peace of mind and help establish world peace in general. Through contemplating these prayers compiled by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from traditional sources, we learn to cherish others. If everyone sincerely prays to be able to cherish others, then gradually through the power of this prayer, everyone will actually cherish each other. The world will then be permanently at peace, and pure and everlasting happiness will pervade the entire world.”

Prayers for World Peace Booklet

Sundays  9 — 9:45 pm

Free for Members

By Donation for Drop-in Class


Heart Jewel: Cultivating a Daily Practice

with Gen Kelsang Tenzin

Heart Jewel is the essential daily practice of Kadampa Buddhism. Engaging in Heart Jewel practice helps us develop our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength, giving us confidence and courage on the spiritual path. When we engage in Heart Jewel prayers, we rely sincerely on Je Tsongkhapa as our Spiritual Guide and on Dorje Shugden as our Dharma Protector. Practicing in this way with strong faith, we quickly purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive powerful blessings, and gain Dharma realizations.​


In this course, Gen Kelsang Tenzin will give rare teachings on the book Heart Jewel: The Essential Practices of Kadampa Buddhism by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, each week offering special instructions and commentary to the practice. We will study the text in-depth and in its entirety over the length of this course. We will also engage in the Heart Jewel practice during each class.


Whether you hope to establish or to strengthen your daily Heart Jewel practice, or you are new to meditation and interested in learning more about this special ritual prayer, please feel welcome to attend this drop-in course. Attend as many classes as you wish.

The Heart Jewel book and prayer booklet are available in both print and electronic formats.

Wednesdays  7 — 8:15 pm

Free for Members

$12 per person for drop-in


“Developing compassion and wisdom,
and helping
those in need whenever
possible, is the
true meaning
of life.”

— Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Experiencing financial difficulty? Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Please email us to inquire about reduced class fees.


Mahakaruna & Compassion Kadampa Buddhist Centers

Modern Buddhism and Meditation for Everyone
Petaluma & Sacramento CA


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