Thursday Morning Meditation Classes
with Gen Thekchen

Introductory Level Classes
Keys to a Happy Heart: Drop-in Meditation Classes
Thursday mornings, 11am-12:30pm

with Resident Teacher Gen Thekchen at KMC Ottawa

Cost: $12 or $40 for a 4-class card.  Free for monthly support members.

Live-Streamed classes - our streamed Tuesday evening classes are free for Bronze Support members. These, and our streamed Saturday courses  are free for Silver Support members. Click here to become a monthly support member and access these streamed classes.

Keys to a Happy Heart

This series of self-contained classes will highlight the essential meditations on developing love, patience and peace based on the book “New 8 Steps to Happiness” by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.  This wonderful book offers many methods to keep a peaceful mind in the face of difficulty.  As the great Kadampa masters used to say “To live a meaningful life is very simple: harm your delusions as much as possible and benefit others as much as possible.  This series of classes will explore these two essential practices.  

Each class includes 2 guided meditations and a teaching.  Refreshments are served afterwards with an opportunity to ask questions. You can attend any or all of these great classes - each class is self-contained.

This series is also a wonderful preparation for the Foundation Program which will be studying this book in detail, Thursdays beginning May 9th.

Please note that the Thursday morning class is a repeat of the class taught on Tuesday evenings at KMC Ottawa with Gen Thekchen. To find out more about the Tuesday evening classes, please click here. 

Class Schedule

Thursday April 11
Cultivating Loving-Kindness: 
We will delve into practices for cultivating loving-kindness towards ourselves and others. Through meditation and contemplation, we will develop a warm and open-hearted attitude towards all beings, fostering deeper connections and genuine care.

Thursday April 18
Accepting our Imperfections
Understanding the Nature of Faults: We will explore the concept of faults from a Buddhist perspective, understanding how they arise and their impact on our well-being and spiritual growth. Through self-examination, we will learn to identify and acknowledge our own faults with honesty and humility.  We will learn to embrace our imperfections as opportunities for growth and transformation. 

Thursday April 25
Breaking Free from Judgment
Challenge the habit of passing judgment and embracing a more compassionate and understanding perspective.  We will also learn how to appreciate the challenges others present us with in daily life.

Thursday May 2
Identifying the Sneaky Mind of Self Centredness

Thursday May 9
Freeing the mind from Self Centredness

Thursday May 16
Developing authentic empathy

Thursday May 23
The Healing Power of Compassion

Thursday May 30
The blissful mind of Wishing Love

Thursday June 6
Turning Difficulties into Spiritual Teachings

Thursday June 13
The Healing Power of Taking and Giving

Thursday June 20
The Healing Power of Taking and Giving

Gen Kelsang Thekchen, Buddhist Monk & TeacherThese classes are taught by Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Thekchen, who is a senior Teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been a Kadampa Buddhist monk and Teacher under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 25 years. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha's teachings in a simple, practical and often humorous way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life.

Watch the Youtube video clip of Gen Thekchen teaching a Tuesday evening class.



Pre-registration for classes preferred but registration is also available at the door.

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$40.00 4-Class Cards are available at the door (only) as they are physical cards. 

Attend these classes, and all of our other weekly classes, either in person or by live-stream, by conveniently becoming a monthly support member:  Click to become a member.
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As conscientious Dharma practitioners, we should observe our own shortcomings instead of being preoccupied with those of other people. 
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Universal Compassion