Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center

offers meditation and modern Buddhism for everyone. We are located in the beaches of Jacksonville, FL, and serve northeast Florida through several branch classes.  Everyone is always welcome, of any background or tradition.
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Upcoming Events

Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center
The Path to Freedom & Happiness (lamrim) This service includes a brief focusing meditation to help calm our minds, a teaching from How to Understand the Mind with discussion of what it means for our[...]
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Practicing the Six Perfections The Bodhisattva’s Way Course is open to anyone with the wish to pursue deeper study. We are studying Shantideva’s “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” and its commentary, Meaningful to[...]
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Discovery Yoga
Meditation, freedom & happiness – the path of Modern Buddhism with Resident Teacher Carol Lutker and Pat Widergren. FALL TOPICS: WHERE DO PROBLEMS COME FROM? UNDERSTANDING THE DELUSIONS AND HOW TO ELIMINATE THEM   Includes[...]
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Two guided meditations, teaching and practical discussion, with Kadampa teacher John Jones, based on the book THE NEW HEART OF WISDOM  by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche Everyone welcome!  $10. ($5 students, free for monthly sponsors)[...]
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join teacher John Jones for  meditation and explanation of this timeless and practical wisdom. Based on the book The New Heart of Wisdom by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Everyone welcome! $10. Students $5. FREE for[...]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our classes are designed to give a broad practical introduction to Buddhist meditation, teachings, and practice. They combine guided meditation with practical spiritual advice that you can immediately apply as a method for improving the quality of your daily life. Through guided meditations, you will learn how to meditate, concentrate, and overcome distractions. You will also learn different meditation topics that help  overcome negative states of mind, such as anger, stress and strong attachment, and cultivate positive states of mind, such as patience and love.

Everyone is welcome – just come and experience a class for yourself.
Is there a dress code?
No. Just dress comfortably and normally. The room temperature may change, so you may want to dress in layers.
Do I have to sit on a cushion?
No. We have comfortable chairs and most people sit in chairs. Cushions are available.
Is it wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Absolutely. There is a handicapped parking space directly in front, and a ramp.
Can I bring my child?
If they are old enough to sit quietly during a meditation. Unfortunately we do not have a separate room for kids, but they could be taken outside. Generally people do not bring young children.

Where are we?

Location of Center

We are located in the Beaches area, only a few blocks from the ocean, just off Atlantic Blvd (I-10) in a small shopping center on Sailfish Drive, near restaurants and hotels. Hours: We are generally open only at class times: Sundays 9:30 – 12:00, Mondays 6:45-8:15 pm,  and often on Saturdays for special events (Consult our CALENDAR for latest schedule).

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I have enjoyed, learned, and benefited from every class, puja, empowerment, lesson, session, or activity-event that I have attended. The Principles of Wisdom and Compassion taught can be applied to most any situation a person experiences (regardless of their religious beliefs). Paul

WOW…..I’m Home!!! 🙂 Gina

This meetup is great because the people are great. I will definitely be attending again! Lindsey