Next to the hubbub of Yiasou Greek Festival preparations at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on East Boulevard, a sign went up to announce a new neighbor coming soon: Kadampa Meditation Center of North Carolina.
The meditation center, with the tagline “bringing inner peace to North Carolina,” is moving into the three-story building at 528 East Blvd. The building was recently sold by Charlotte real estate appraisal group, The Efird Corp., for nearly $1.5 million. When the building was constructed in the 1960s, it was actually used as a monastery for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
According to the sign, Kadampa will offer meditations, teachings, retreats and a bookshop. Everyone is welcome.
Kadampa “hosts meditation and modern Buddhist classes, workshops, retreats and prayers to provide people of the modern world applicable advice and practices to reduce their problems and increase their peace,” according to its website.
The meditation center (currently located at 2108 South Blvd., #109 in the Atherton Lofts building) first came to Charlotte in 2005.
Classes are in English and are guided and directed by resident teacher Gen Kelsang Tilopa.
Teachings on the fall schedule include “The Power of Meditation,” “Four Essential Life Truths” and “Finding Someone Always Reliable.”
Weekly classes and pujas (series of prayers) are designed for drop-ins, with no prior sign-up required. The price is $10 per class for adults, $8 for students and seniors.
The opening date for the new space on East Boulevard is not yet listed.
Photo: Katie Toussaint