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.

Upcoming Events

Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center
NEW CLASS SERIES  based on NEW EIGHT STEPS TO HAPPINESS: THE BUDDHIST WAY OF LOVING KINDNESS by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche This service includes a brief focusing meditation to help calm our minds, and[...]
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center
Studying Universal Compassion by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche Ask your Teacher for details. New program starts in November.  If you have been attending our GP classes for a few months, this program may be for[...]
Nov 18 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Discovery Yoga
Meditations on the stages of the path to happiness – lamrim – based on The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, with Kadampa Teacher Jethro Boyd.  Each session includes two[...]
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Two guided meditations, teaching and practical discussion, with Kadampa teacher John Jones, based on the book How to Transform Your Life   by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, which explains clearly the entire path to liberation[...]
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Body Therapy Center
INNER PEACE NOW: HARNESSING THE POWER OF YOUR MIND. Weekly meditations and teachings with Kadam Carol Lutker, based on the book “How to Understand the Mind” by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. EVERYONE WELCOME. REQUESTED DONATION[...]

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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).

Don't Be Shy

Feeling shy, having reservations about meditation, please write us…
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