Classes & Retreats

On-Going Events can be found here.

Fall Residential Retreat - "A Vision That Endures: Cultivating Inspiration through Faith, Reverence and the Imagination", led by Avichala

October 2nd - 5th at Sun Lakes State Park

On this retreat we will have an opportunity to explore and enhance the emotional component of our spiritual life, including our connection to the Three Jewels, and our individual and collective aspirations. Activities will include meditation, short talks, periods of reflective conversation, and pujas. We will also have plenty of free time to explore the wonderful surroundings. All are welcome, regardless of experience.

Cost: $150 (A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required by Sept. 15. The remainder may be paid at the time of the retreat.)

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Non-Residential Retreat - "Living Joyfully, Dying Peacefully: Death and Dying from a Buddhist Perspective", led by Karunasara

November 1st and 2nd, 10am - 4:30pm each day

In this two day non-residential retreat we will explore how the Dharma helps us live joyfully and die peacefully. What is the practical information we need to navigate our dying and to help those dear to us navigate their dying? How can we be with those who are dying, offering support and comforting them? The retreat will include short talks, meditation, reflection, sharing and discussion.

It will be most helpful if you can attend both days. If not, come for one of them.

Suggested donation for both days is $60, no need to register. Vegetarian lunch is provided.

Introduction to Meditation and Buddhism

Monday Evenings, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
September 22nd - October 27th

In this six-week course we will introduce the art of Buddhist meditation and the core principles of Buddhism. Meditation is the systematic development of higher states of awareness and a deeper experience of kindness and compassion. Two simple meditation techniques will be covered: one focuses on the development of a tranquil and concentrated mind; the other on the cultivation of friendliness and goodwill towards ourselves and other living beings. We will also explore some of the core principles of Buddhism and how they can meaningfully effect the way we live. Some of the topics covered will include the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path and their practical applications in today's world. The fee for the class is $90, although all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

This course is suitable for the newcomer, aged 18 or over, who has had little or no experience with meditation or Buddhism.

See below for how to register for this course.

Where Do I Sign Up for the Introduction to Meditation & Buddhism Course?

We ask that prospective students register for classes so that we can get a sense of interest level - we need a minimum number signed up to run a class, but we also only will enroll a maximum number to make the class more enjoyable for those participating. Classes often do fill up. Here's how to register:

1. Either e mail us at or call us on (801) 872-8332
2. Send a non-refundable deposit of $25 to Seattle Buddhist Center, 12056 15th Ave NE, Unit C-2, Seattle, WA 98125. Make checks out to "Seattle Buddhist Center". Be sure to include your name and email address with your check so we can confirm your reservation.

Space is limited. Your deposit secures your place in the class.

All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. If you cannot afford the full deposit please email us and we will work with you to find an affordable arrangement.

Seattle Buddhist Center
12056 15th Ave NE
Unit C-2
Seattle, WA 98125

(801) 872-8332