Mahakankala Buddhist Center

"The name 'Mahakankala' is a Sanksrit name. 'Maha' means 'great' and Kankala has many meanings, but its principal meaning is 'compassion'." -Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Our Mission is to offer a path of wisdom and compassion to the people of Santa Barbara through the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism.

Mahakankala Buddhist Center is a spiritual community dedicated to helping people develop inner peace, a happy mind, and a meaningful life through the practice of meditation. The Center was founded in 1995 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso while Geshe-la was spending time doing a writing retreat in Santa Barbara. Upon opening the Center, Geshe-la explained the meaning of Mahakankala:

“The name ‘Mahakankala’ is a Sanksrit name. ‘Maha’ means ‘great’ and Kankala has many meanings, but its principal meaning is ‘compassion’. Therefore, the real meaning of ‘Mahakankala’ is ‘Bodhisattva’. This indicates that many people at this Center will develop great compassion and become true Bodhisattvas.”

-Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, December 1995, Santa Barbara

Mahakankala Buddhist Center offers a variety of introductory meditation classes throughout the area. Currently, we are offering meditation classes in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Lompoc.

These classes are designed to give a broad introduction to Buddhist meditation, ideas, and practice. Each class combines guided meditation with practical advice that can be applied immediately as a method for solving the stress and problems of modern life.

The classes are excellent for beginners, for those who are able to attend only occasionally, as well as for those who want to follow a systematic series of classes. The classes are designed both as a series and as independent classes, so you can attend any one of the classes, even if the series has already started.