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Wednesday Evening Drop-In Class

Free Your Mind Retreat


7pm - 8:15pm

Oak Park


(free for members)

Note: this class now goes until 8:15pm.

During the month of January, Kadampa Centers worldwide engage in meditation retreat. In that spirit, our weekly Wednesday class will focus on the same meditation for the whole month to provide a deeper meditation experience.

This month we will dissolve the painful experiences of self (feelings, memories, habits, attitudes, etc) by meditating on their true nature (or "emptiness"). Emptiness is not nothingness but the way things actually exist -- their authentic, true nature.  

This meditation:

  • opens the door to ultimate inner peace, or 'nirvana'

  • awakens profound joy and personal insight 

  • cures the mind from all sickness and pain

No previous experience is necessary; absolutely everyone is welcome. Each class will include guidance and explanation, guide you in two meditations, and provide time for questions.

Please note: You do not need to attend every week of the retreat -- you are welcome to drop in at any time.


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No one turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us to ask about financial accommodations.

Transform Your Life with Meditation

Coming in February:

Transform Your Life with Meditation

Everyone knows meditation is good for them, but: 

  • Is there a correct way to meditate, and what meditations can I practice?

  • How do I quiet my busy, overactive mind?

  • How can I make deeper, lasting changes in my life?

Whether you are new or experienced, this series will cover:

  • step-by-step knowledge and skills to start--or renew--your meditation practice

  • several guided meditations you can practice at home

  • how to use meditation practically to improve all areas of your life

Although helpful, you are not required to start the series from the beginning -- you are welcome to drop in at any time.

Each class will include practical instruction, guided meditation, and time for questions. Students are invited to stay after class for light refreshments.

We will use the books How to Transform Your Life and How to Understand the Mind by acclaimed Buddhist author and meditation master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as our guide, however purchase of the book is optional (copies are availble for purchase at the class).

No previous experience is necessary; absolutely EVERYONE is welcome.

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Gen Kelsang Zamling, Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Zamling, Resident Teacher


This month's classes will refer to the following book(s). It's not necessary to have your own copy, but some people like to follow along or read more after the class.

Click on a book to order a print or e-book copy from the publisher's website, or pick up a copy from the bookstore at our Oak Park or Wicker Park location.

How to Transform Your Life (free e-book available)

How to Transform Your Life (free e-book available)


Oak Park

13 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304, USA

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