Sunday Mornings with Gen Thekchen
at KMC Ottawa

Introductory Level Classes

A Monk’s Guide to a Happy &
Meaningful Life ~

Advice from Atisha's Heart

with Gen Kelsang Thekchen

Sunday mornings, 11am - 12:15pm
at Kadampa Meditation Centre Ottawa


$15 per class, or $50 for a 4-class card
Free for members: Click here to become a member


We all want to be happy and live a meaningful life, but how can we be happy in the midst of all the different influences in our daily life? What are some simple practices that everyone can do to help their mind, both in and out of meditation? One particularly well-loved text within our lineage, known as Advice from Atisha’s Heart, is full of helpful tips that everyone can practice. Each one addresses some aspect of our life where we can find more peace and happiness by thinking in special ways.

In these classes, Gen Thekchen will introduce and guide meditations for all levels. Each class will focus on a few verses from Advice from Atisha’s Heart, looking at how we can understand and practice their meaning in a way that will improve our daily experience. Start at the beginning of the series if you can, but if you miss the beginning then start when you are able.

Class Schedule

Sunday Sept 8  - The Mantra OM AH HUM: A Special Breathing Meditation

Sunday Sept 15  - The Power of Listening and Training: Practice Earnestly with Understanding

Sunday Sept 22  - Choosing What Influences Us: Always Remain Where Your Virtues Increase

Sunday Sept 29  - The Art of Prioritizing: Limit Your Activities

Sunday Oct 6  - How to Practice Mindfulness and Alertness: Always Watch Your Mind

Sunday Oct 13  - Away Retreat

Sunday Oct 20  - The Power of Being Satisfied: Practice Contentment

Sunday Nov 3  - How to Stop Worldly Preoccupations: Do Not Be Attached to Anything

Sunday Nov 10  - Developing Equanimity: Have No Hatred for Enemies, and No Attachment for Friends

Sunday Nov 17  - How to Respect Everyone: See All Living Beings as Your Father or Mother

Sunday Nov 24  - The Power of Honesty and Kindness: Speak Truthfully Without Malice

Sunday Dec 1 - Ontario Dharma Celebration

Sunday Dec 8  - The Power of Choosing Your Words: Speak in Moderation, Only When Necessary

Sunday Dec 15 - Vajrasattva Retreat

These classes are taught by Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Thekchen,who is a Kadampa Buddhist monk & senior Teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been a Teacher under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 25 years. Gen Thekchen has taught widely in Canada and in the UK, and is now the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Ottawa. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha's teachings in a practical, profound and often humorous way, making them very accessible and easy to practise in everyday life.



Pre-registration is recommended, but you can pay at the door.
Pre-registration will soon be available.






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The only way to attain the permanent peace of liberation is to cultivate and increase our present peaceful minds.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
How to Understand the Mind