With all the hustle and bustle of the big city, it's no wonder a lot of Atlantans feel distracted, stressed and frazzled. Luckily, the city offers many meditation centers to help ease the mind. Check out these seven outstanding meditation centers in the metro area.
Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia
741 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. 678-453-6753. www.mediationingeorgia.org.
The Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia welcomes everyone to take part, regardless of experience and religious preferences. Trained teachers will provide you with guidance on how to meditate in your everyday life. Offering weekly hour-long meditation classes, this spot also has study programs for the practice of Kadampa Buddhism, day courses and retreats. Prices start at $10 per class.
Mindfulness Center of Atlanta
6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-825-4775. www.mindfulnesscenteratlanta.com.
For an in-depth mindfulness experience to help you gain clarity in your daily meditation practice, try the Mindfulness Center of Atlanta's 8-week-long training courses, day and weekend retreats and workshops. The day retreats include lunch and last about six hours, while the weekend retreats include a private room and bath, six meals and about 15 hours of intensive group session work. It's located at the beautiful Ignatius House on 20 lush acres along the Chattahoochee River.
Atlanta Soto Zen Center
1167 Zonolite Place NE, Atlanta. 864-497-6877. www.aszc.org.
The Atlanta Soto Zen Center offers morning, evening and weekend practices to fit into any schedule. They also offer monthly all-day sittings, year-round retreats and weekly reading groups for those interested in a more thorough study of Zen meditation. Membership prices starting at $10 per month.
Transcendental Meditation Atlanta
5825 Glenridge Drive NE, Sandy Springs. 404-909-5007. www.tm.org.
Learn the Transcendental Meditation techniques from certified TM teachers. At Transcendental Meditation Atlanta, you'll receive a free introductory talk with a TM teacher who will answer any questions you have about this style of meditation practice. Then you can experience the full Transcendental Meditation course that includes personal instruction, group sessions and free lifetime support. New to the practice? There's a free introductory session.
Red Clay Sangha Atlanta
1164 North Highland Ave., Atlanta. www.redclaysangha.org.
At Red Clay Sangha Atlanta, you can practice Buddhist meditation, chant, take part in Wednesday book discussion groups and enjoy weekly services and retreats. Red Clay Sangha seeks to teach and practice meditation through the wise and compassionate teachings of Buddha, and welcomes everyone, regardless of experience or religious affiliation. Better yet, it's free with the suggested annual pledge.
Shambhala Meditation Center of Atlanta
1447 Church St., Decatur. 404-370-9650. www.atlanta.shambhala.org.
Become more aware, mindful and compassionate through the practice of Shambhala meditation, which follows the belief that every human has a fundamentally good nature. Take part in daily classes, seminars and events that can help you feel confident in your goal of leading a more joyful, peaceful life. It's free with suggested annual pledge.
Zen Center of Georgia
110 Center St., Avondale Estates. 404-680-7983. www.zen-georgia.org.
Learn the art of Zen practice from the trained instructors at the Zen Center of Georgia, who will guide you through various styles, including seated and chanting meditation. Arrive 10 minutes early to learn basic instruction or if you're new to Zen practice in general. Take classes for free with a suggested donation of $20 per month.
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