Meditation in Charleston, SC


The Meditation in Charleston group is a branch of Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina (KMC SC), 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. Our classes and events are open to everyone, you do not need to have experience or be Buddhist to benefit from the teachings and meditations. No pre-registration is required, just drop in!

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Meditation Classes: 2nd & 4th Saturdays

Class Information

2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10:30am – 12pm  
with Buddhist Teacher, Frances McLeod
at the Circular Church (150 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401)  
$10 or $5 students/seniors (free for Monthly Members)

Upcoming classes will be held on the following dates:

January 14 & 28

February (3-week series)

March 11 & 25

April 8 & 22

May 13 & 27

Our “Simply Meditate” class is a perfect opportunity to learn different meditations and the basics of a meditation practice. Each class includes two guided 15-minute meditations and instructions that can easily be integrated into daily life. Guided meditation

These drop-in classes, suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike, help us discover the profound benefits of engaging in meditation and enable us to develop a naturally peaceful, calm and happy mind.

Our classes will closely mirror the meditations found on the following meditation CDs (available in our bookstore):

Meditations for Relaxation

The first is a basic breathing meditation that helps to disengage the mind from the busyness of everyday life and create a special feeling of inner peace. The second combines mindfulness of the breath with visualization, or creative imagination, and leads to a deep feeling of inner calm and purity. The third is a special breathing meditation that combines mindfulness of the breath with the recitation of mantra.

Meditations for a Kind Heart

The first is a meditation on cherishing others – thinking that others are important, and that their happiness and freedom are important. The second is a practical meditation on compassion – the sincere wish to protect others from suffering. The third is a practical meditation on love – the sincere wish to give happiness to others.

Meditations for a Clear Mind

The first meditation lays the foundation for meditating on the mind by helping to temporarily overcome physical appearances. The second introduces us to the clarity of our mind, and the third is a meditation on our root mind.

3-week series (Feb. 4, 11, 18)

Saturdays; February 4, 11, 18
10am – 11:15am
at Circular Church (150 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401)
with Resident Teacher, Kelsang Tabkay

Individual classes: $10 or $5 for students/seniors
Entire series: $35 or $15 for students/seniors

If we wish to lead the happy life we long for, we must learn how to transform our mind. In this class series, you be guided through the essential meditations of Buddhism that will give rise to a complete transformation of our mind, freeing us from negative emotions and making joy and happiness our everyday reality. Based on the book How To Transform Your Life by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, this series is a wonderful opportunity to bring about positive changes in our lives that will enable us to experience deep and lasting happiness.

This class will include guided meditation, a short teaching, and time for questions. This series is appropriate for beginners and chairs will be provided. You do not need to be Buddhist to benefit from or attend these classes, they are open to everyone.

Attend the entire series or drop in as your schedule allows.

Click here to download a free copy of How to Transform Your Life. We also have hard copies for sale in our bookstore.

Classes will be in Lance Hall directly behind the Church.

Class Teacher

 Charleston Branch Teacher:

Frances has been practicing Kadampa Dharma for over ten years. As a member of the KMC-SC Teacher Training Program, she is guided in Buddhist principles and practices and she learns how to teach these to others as well. Frances lives in Charleston with her family.

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Special Events in Charleston

In addition to our weekday classes in these branch locations, we also offer Saturday workshops approximately once every-other-month.  Visit our Events page to find out about upcoming events in your region.

Where To Find Us

Circular Congregational Church (150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401)