Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend the programmes of Atish Dipankar Dhyan Kendra?
Are there fees involved?
The Dhyan Kendra is a non-profit trust and depends on membership fees and donations to function. Those who attend the Study and Retreat programmes are invited to be members of the Dhyan Kendra for a membership fee. The membership fee covers all programmes offered by the centre.
We will never turn away anyone for lack of means. If you have financial difficulties, please discuss it with our Coordinator and we will find a way.
Do I need to have experience in meditation in order to join? What if I have experience in a certain school or method of meditation?
Is there a waitlist to join any of the programmes?
If I want to attend any of the programmes, do I need to inform in advance?
Yes. Please connect with us or leave your contact details for us to reach you.
Who is in charge in these programmes?
For Drop-in Meditation and Retreats, there will be some instruction or guidance but you are in charge of your cushion time.
How long shall I meditate?
I feel sleepy whenever I sit to meditate. What do I do?
Make sure the room you are meditating in is well-lit and not a dark place. Sit on a chair or a cushion on the floor, not on the bed or sofa. You can recite prayers, such as the Refuge prayer. This will help counter sleepiness. Meditating in a group, in front of the teacher, may also help.
If I have questions, who will answer them?
However, understanding answers to certain questions may need more exploration and engagement with the concepts on the part of the questioner. For such questions, it is wiser to wait till the time a certain text is taught. You may have to study and understand other concepts, or the relationship between different concepts, for a better hold over the subject matter. Only then will the answer be meaningful and helpful to you.
Meanwhile, you can contemplate.
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