Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina (KMC SC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose aim is to help the general public to develop inner peace by offering meditation classes and practical Buddhist advice suitable for busy modern life.
We are a member Center of the New Kadampa Tradition-International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT), a Buddhist organization based in the West with more than 220 Centers and 1,100 branch locations located all over the world. Although the NKT is a modern organization that was founded in England around 1980, the Kadampa teachings themselves can be traced back more than 1,000 years.
KMC SC (formerly Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Center) was founded in 2002 by people in Columbia with an interest in Kadampa Buddhism and meditation. We are managed by our Administrative Director, Jennifer “Fer” Fraser, our Education Program Coordinator, Kevin Toole, and our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Tabkay.
KMC SC offers three types of classes on Buddhism and meditation for three levels of interest:
- General Program classes, both in West Columbia and in other locations, which are suitable for the general public
- As part of our General Program, we also offer classes for kids and classes for teens and tweens
- Foundation Program classes, which are suitable for those looking for a more structured and systematic approach to Buddhism and meditation
- Teacher Training Program classes, which are suitable for those who wish to make Kadampa Buddhism an integral part of their way of life
In addition to these weekly classes, KMC SC also offers special courses and events, such as workshops on meditation or weekend retreats.
Everyone is always welcome at KMC SC, regardless of your level of experience, religious affiliation or lack thereof.