How to Make Ourself & Others Happy
A Public Talk, for everybody
How to Make Ourself & Others Happy
A Free Public Talk

with Gen Kelsang Thekchen
Wednesday September 6  7-8:30pm

at Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar Street, Ottawa

Free of charge

Gen Kelsang Thekchen, Buddhist Monk & Teacher

Everyone wants to be happy but we don’t always understand it is a choice we can make. Happiness is a state of mind, and like any positive state of mind we can learn how it can be strengthened through the practice of meditation. Therefore we can make a choice to be happy in our life by training in meditation. According to Buddha, authentic happiness does not depend upon amassing external conditions, such as wealth, beauty, status and so on, but rather its main ingredient is inner peace, and meditation is essential for developing inner peace and happiness.

During this event, Gen Kelsang Thekchen will offer unparalleled advice and encouragement in how to integrate the practice of meditation into our everyday lives.

About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang Thekchen 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.

About the Venue - Knox Presbyterian Church

Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St., is located in downtown Ottawa on the corner of Lisgar & Elgin.  The event will take place in Geneva Hall, which is on the main level and is accessible. Please enter through the right hand door on Elgin Street. Street parking is free of charge after 5:30pm, and the City Hall Parkade, which is next door, offers max $2 in the evenings.

General information about attending

This event is free of charge. Pre-registration is not necessary.
Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes early to be seated (before 6:45pm). 

Please email us at: with any questions. Thanks!

Special Series of Follow-up classes, "Training in Happiness"

Beginning the week following the public talk, we'll offer a series of weekly classes with Gen Thekchen at the same venue . The classes begin on Wed. Sept. 13. For more information about this series of classes, please click here. 

Coming up this month

We cannot physically care for everyone, but we can develop a caring attitude towards all beings.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
How to Transform Your Life