Gen Kelsang Sanden is a Canadian Buddhist monk, and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver. He has been a long time student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. He is well loved for his compassion, sense of humour and the clarity of his teachings.
Gen Sanden is the main teacher at KMC Vancouver, leading guided retreats, Empowerments, Weekend courses as well as many weekly classes. Gen Sanden also teaches the Foundation study program.
KMC Vancouver is fortunate to have inspiring and experienced practitioners who teach drop-in meditation classes, and half day and full day courses. Our teachers engage in study and train in one of our extensive Study Programs: the Teacher Training Program or the Foundation Program.
What to Expect at a Class
Each class begins with guided breathing meditation, to help settle the mind, let go of distractions and cultivate inner peace. If we wish, we can join in and recite the Liberating Prayer, which is a five minute chanted prayer where we connect with the inspiration of enlightened beings.
The teacher will then give a practical teaching based one of the books written by renowned meditation master, and founder of our centre, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The teaching will focus on how we can integrate Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy daily lives.
The class will finish with a concluding meditation to help us take the teaching to heart and there is also an opportunity to ask questions.
What do I need to do come to a class?
Simply find a meditation class that suits you and fits your schedule. You do not need to pre-register. Each class is self contained.
Do I have to be Buddhist to attend?
No. Everyone is welcome. People of all walks of life can benefit from these teachings!
What do I need to bring to class?
Nothing at all; however, if you wish to take notes, bring a pen and notepad.
How should I dress for class?
We recommend you wear comfortable clothing.
Do we meditate on the floor?
We usually sit in comfortable chairs for meditation, and do have a few cushions for those who wish.
For more information and details, also visit What to Expect at a Class.
Websites & Videos
How to Meditate
On this website you can learn the basics of Buddhist meditation
Video teachings on Meditation and Buddhism
Information on Buddhism to help you gain a basic understanding of this ancient religion and philosophy