Frequently Asked Questions

What to Expect

No. Anyone can learn basic meditation and experience the benefits. Buddhism is a non-evangelical religion.
Buddhists respect all people and are happy to help anyone regardless of whether they subscribe to another faith or to none.

No. All you need is the wish to improve yourself and the quality of your life.

As a Level 1 supporter, or higher, you have access to the general program classes that we offer via livestream (please see our calendar). We also offer our study programs via online correspondence for those who qualify. You can contact our Educational Coordinator ([email protected]) for more information.

Nothing! But if you wish to take notes, please bring a pen and notepad.

General program classes vary. Pujas are free. Please see the calendar for details. A subscription is available, as a Supporting Member, for unlimited General Program classes. Your class fees help support the Center and the branches. As a nonprofit organization we are dependent on your donations, registration fees and subscriptions.

Everyone can participate in the classes regardless of ability to pay.

No, please feel free to drop in whenever you like. Attending the entire series of classes is highly beneficial, as each class builds on the next. However, each class is taught in such a way that if you only attend one class, you will derive benefit from it.

No special clothing is required. Come as you are.

Although Buddhism first appeared in India over two and a half thousand years ago, it has a timeless and universal relevance. In a nutshell, Buddha explained that all our problems arise from confused and negative states of mind. He taught methods for ridding the mind of these destructive states and thereby realizing true happiness and fulfillment. These methods work for any mind, in any country, at any age.

Buddhists regard all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas as perfect guides and role models, and as such, naturally develop faith in them and rely upon them as Spiritual Guides. For this reason, Buddhists strive, through meditation, prayer, and various ritual practices, to connect with enlightened beings and receive their transforming blessings.

The New Kadampa Tradition is global Buddhism. Just as the Tibetans faithfully adopted the practices taught to them by the great Indian masters and adapted those to their own culture, so Geshe Kelsang, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, encourages people from all ethnic backgrounds to adopt the wisdom and compassion of Buddha and put it into practice in a way that suits their particular culture.

Checkout what's Coming Up

June 2024

Portland | Prayers for World Peace

PRAYERS FOR WORLD PEACE By learning to cherish others we can experience greater peace of mind and help to establish world peace. Through contemplating these prayers compiled by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche from traditional sources, we learn to cherish others. If everyone sincerely prays to be able to cherish others then gradually, through the […]
Mon Jun 17
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219
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Beaverton | Happiness: The Eight-Step Program

No one wants to be unhappy. On the contrary! We want to be happy morning, noon, and night. But it’s so hard to find real happiness … or so we think. Buddha says otherwise! In this course, we’ll be learning to train our mind in ways of thinking that lead to inner peace, the only source […]
Tue Jun 18
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sage Center - Beaverton
10700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Building 3, Suite 555, Beaverton OR, 97005
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SE Portland | Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life There’s so much to worry about, all the time – Relationships. Career. Misfortune. Current events. No matter how cleverly or cautiously we try to avoid problems, we still encounter them. We may think There’s nothing I can do. We feel uncertain, overwhelmed, distraught, anxious. Buddha teaches that it’s our […]
Tue Jun 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Yoga Refuge
7831 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215
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Portland | Clear Mind

Clear Mind Wednesday Night Meditation Series Discover the inner clarity of your mind. No need to look outside yourself for purpose, meaning, and value, simply by exploring the nature of your own mind, understanding its blissful, clear nature, and absorbing into meditation on this, you will find incredible happiness from within. Each class includes two […]
Wed Jun 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219

Portland | Foundation Program (Thursdays)

Thursday Foundation Program with Susan de la Vergne Book: Meaningful to Behold Thursdays | 9:30am-11:30am If you are interested in this class, please email [email protected] to learn how to become a Foundation Program member. Meaningful to Behold by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Many people have the compassionate wish to benefit others, but few understand how to […]
Thu Jun 20
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219
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Salem | Four Noble Truths

Four Noble Truths Buddhism provides answers to questions and solutions to problems that cannot be found elsewhere. Although it is an ancient spiritual path, what Buddha taught is timeless and universally applicable, especially during these complex and challenging times. In his fundamental teaching, The Four Noble Truths, Buddha explains the spiritual path in a clear […]
Fri Jun 21
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Woodland Chapel
582 High Street SE, Salem OR 97301
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SE Portland Branch

@ Yoga Refuge

June 2024
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life

SE Portland | Change Your Mind, Change Your LifeRepeating EventBeginner

Change Your Mind, Change Your Life There’s so much to worry about, all the time – Relationships. Career. Misfortune. Current events. No matter how cleverly or cautiously we try to avoid problems, we still encounter them. We may think There’s nothing I can do. We feel uncertain, overwhelmed, distraught, anxious. Buddha teaches that it’s our […]
Tue Jun 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Yoga Refuge
7831 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215
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Beaverton Branch

@ Sage Center for Wholeness and Health
Room 555

June 2024
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Beaverton | Happiness: The Eight-Step ProgramRepeating EventBeginner

No one wants to be unhappy. On the contrary! We want to be happy morning, noon, and night. But it’s so hard to find real happiness … or so we think. Buddha says otherwise! In this course, we’ll be learning to train our mind in ways of thinking that lead to inner peace, the only source […]
Tue Jun 18
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sage Center - Beaverton
10700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Building 3, Suite 555, Beaverton OR, 97005
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Inclement Weather

OUR PUBLIC TALK IS RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY JAN 21ST @ 10:30AM​

Due to the snow storm, all of our classes & events will be cancelled.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.