Dharma Center is a place where you can explore who you really are. It can take time or be instantaneous. It is a place of friendships and unique personal experiences. We are grateful you have taken the time to join us in your practice. Here are the answers to a few common questions.
What does Pay What You Wish Tuition mean?
- We offer weekly classes and practice sessions with no set tuition. If you find value in what we offer, we invite you to help support Dharma Center by paying tuition in the amount of your choice, even if that is nothing. The suggested tuition is $20; however, you may pay what you wish. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards.
- Certain classes have a set tuition, and these are clearly marked on our calendar.We also have a Dharma Supporter Membership program for those who wish to contribute to maintaining our meditation hall.
What should I do before class?
- Please arrive a few minutes early. We do our best to start class at the time stated on the calendar.
- Finish all food before entering Dharma Center. (If you must eat before class, it’s best to have only a light snack before meditation.) Sometimes we have chocolate on the desk.
- Sign-in: Please print your full name clearly to help us track attendance. Include your email addresses if you want to be on our mailing list.
- Most people place a contribution in the box as a way of giving back. (If there is a set tuition, please be prepared to pay prior to class.)
- Remove your shoes and leave them under the bench.
- Silence all electronic devices.
What is with all the bowing?
- Some people bow when entering and leaving the meditation room. This is not a requirement if you are uncomfortable doing so, but much like a martial arts dojo you will see other students doing it as a way of giving thanks to their teachers and of acknowledging the sacredness of the space.
- After each formal meditation session, we bow. This is not only a great stretch, but also an opportunity to express gratitude for being able to sit in the silence of meditation.
What should I do during class?
- You may bring water into the meditation room.
- Once you have entered the meditation room, start to quiet your mind by refraining from conversation. Some days people are chatty; if people are talking, stop once the teacher enters the room.
- During class, the teacher is relaying information that is coming from a higher meditative state of mind. Listen carefully and don’t interrupt this flow. Just absorb what you are hearing. Questions and discussions can happen later if your teacher asks for input. Take this cue from your teacher.
- While meditating, do not practice heavy breathing yoga exercises unless instructed and do not lay down.
- Have fun – the most important ingredient!
What happens after class?
- The teacher will signal the end of class and wait for you to leave.
- Please put your cushions back in order for the next person.
- You are welcome to look at the Members library for a few minutes, or ask questions about becoming a Dharma Supporter.