Q. Is there any charge for attendance?
A. Although donations are welcomed and encouraged for the stability of the community, there are no ‘set’ dues or fees associated with any of our classes or programs. No one is ever turned away from any WHMC programming due to lack of financial ability. As a non-profit, all donations that are received go directly to support the day-to-day operations of the organization.
As a 501(c)(3), we keep our doors open based solely on the generous donations of those who attend our programs and weekly groups. If you are financially able, please consider offering a suggested donation of $10 per weekly scheduled groups. Also, please consider offering the ‘suggested donation’ price for any special events, retreats, workshops, etc.
Q. What if I do not identify as a Buddhist? Can I still come?
A. The Buddha’s teaching is radically pragmatic, centered around a core commitment to non-harming. In both theory and practice, Buddhist principles are universal and share a common thread with most spiritual and humanist traditions. The Buddha encouraged people, through mindful awareness, ethical practices, and community support, to work towards alleviating the suffering of all beings, including oneself. At Against the Stream, we are simply interested in putting these principles into action. You could practice with us your entire life and never consider yourself “Buddhist”.
Q. What should I expect from a weekly class?
A. WHMC has a wide-variety of classes and programs. Typically, our weekly classes include some type of guided meditation, educational topic, and discussion. When you arrive, you can simply find a seat and participate in the class to your personal liking. The majority of our programming is appropriate for both brand-new and experienced people. Feel free to attend anything that peaks your interest (unless the group explicitly states that it has a “requirement for attendance”).
Q. What can I expect when I attend a “Half-Day Retreat” or “Day Retreat”?
A. “Half-Day” or “Day Retreats” are offered regularly at WHMC so that folks can dedicate some time to practicing meditation. A trained facilitator will offer instructions and offer a wide variety of different meditation exercises. The instructions will most often be tailored to both new and experienced people (unless specifically stated otherwise on the flyer or program description). People usually find “Half-Day” or “Day Retreats” to be a great way to dive deeper into the meditative practices offered by the Buddha.
Q. What can I expect from a Study Series or Workshop?
A. From time to time, WHMC will offer “Study Series” or “Workshop” programs. These are usually educational and facilitated by an experienced professional in the particular field being emphasized. You can expect educational lectures, experiential activities, and group discussion at these events.