Tuesday evening Meditation Classes
with Gen Thekchen

Introductory Level Classes
Keys to a Happy Heart
Tuesday evenings 7-8:30pm

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 classes taught on Tuesday evenings will be repeated on Thursday mornings, 11am-12:30pm. To find out more about the Thursday morning classes, please click here. 


Class Schedule

Tuesday April 9
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.

Tuesday April 16
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. 

Tuesday April 23
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.

Tuesday April 30
Identifying the Sneaky Mind of Self Centredness

Tuesday May 7
Freeing the mind from Self Centredness

Tuesday May 14
Developing authentic empathy

Tuesday May 21
The Healing Power of Compassion

Tuesday May 28
The blissful mind of Wishing Love

Tuesday June 4
No class - Special Retreat for Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Tuesday June 11
Turning Difficulties into Spiritual Teachings

Tuesday June 18
The Healing Power of Taking and Giving

Tuesday June 25
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 this great Youtube video clip to see Gen Kelsang Thekchen teaching a Tuesday evening class.


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

Tuesday evening class

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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