Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver

Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver is a Canadian registered charity whose aim is to create peace and harmony within our world, through providing Kadampa Buddhist teachings and instruction on meditation. Through meditation we can develop inner peace improve our human nature and good qualities. There can be no world peace without our establishing inner peace in our hearts. Our East Van Temple provides a comfortable and relaxed environment in which people can discover the benefits of meditation and modern Buddhism for themselves. Everybody is welcome!

3 Study Programs

Following the design of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, we teach 3 unique Study Programs, which consist of the systematic study and practise of new Kadampa Buddhism a presentation of Buddha's teachings especially suited to people of this modern world which can be practiced by anybody who wishes.

General Program (GP)
Foundation Program (FP)
Teacher Training Program (TTP)


The General Program (GP) is open to everyone regardless of previous experience or background. These classes provide a basic introduction to meditation and Buddha’s teachings that are suitable for beginners. The purpose of these classes is to help you to gain personal experience of inner peace, overcome daily problems, and find real happiness from within your own mind.  GP includes all our walk-in classes and workshops.


The Foundation Program (FP) is designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of Kadampa Buddhism through a systematic study of six texts by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.  See more info about our Vancouver Foundation Program, and our West Vancouver Foundation Program.


The Teacher Training Program (TTP) is designed for those who want to train as qualified New Kadampa Tradition Teachers. In addition to completing the study of fourteen texts of Sutra and Tantra, including the six texts studied on the Foundation Program, students are required to observe certain commitments with regard to behaviour and way of life, and to complete a number of meditation retreats each year. Read more about our Teacher Training Program here.



Resident Teacher

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.


Other Teachers

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.


Bruno Alves has been studying and practicing Buddhism for many years. He is a student on the Foundation Program and loves sharing the benefits of Buddhism and meditation and how practicing Buddha’s teachings can transform our life. He is a sincere and committed practitioner, known for his kind-hearted and practical approach.


Inkeri Meharg is a senior Kadampa teacher who has been practicing for over 20 years. She brings a wealth of practical experience of integrating Buddhist teachings with daily life. Inkeri is teaching Monday afternoons in West Van and often teaches the Learn to Meditate course at our main Kadampa centre.


Colleen Neely is a senior Kadampa Buddhist teacher who has been practicing for over 20 years. People are drawn to Colleen's sincere and humble example, her practical teachings, and her natural warmth and humour. Colleen will be teaching some of the Sundays at the Kadampa Centre and also teaches various workshops on weekends.


Ken Norquay has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for many years. Ken brings a wealth of experience of practicing Buddhist teachings in daily life and loves using scientific examples to make the teachings accessible and easy to understand.


Josh Baker is a member of the Foundation Program and frequently teaches our regular weekly meditation classes along with other Kadampa Teachers. He is known for his kind and gentle delivery of Dharma teachings and for his faith and enthusiasm for Dharma. Josh is a sincere Kadampa practitioner.

Get Involved

Kadampa Meditation Centre is run by the kindness of volunteers. People like you, volunteer their time to provide all of the facilities the centre offers, including a full range of Buddhist study and meditation programs throughout the year.

Volunteering offers a special opportunity to:

▪ Put the teachings and meditations into practice directly
▪ Meet and work alongside people from all walks of life
▪ Contribute to the success of activities the profits of which are dedicated to public benefit through the International Temples Fund.

Email admin@kmcvancouver.org or fill out our online volunteer form if you are interested in volunteering!

Buddhist Bookshop

The Kadampa Meditation Centre Buddhist shop is an excellent resource for books on Buddhism, ritual items, and accessories. We are affiliated with Tharpa Publications, a non-profit corporation that publishes books on Buddhism and meditation by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

The shop is open 30 minutes before and after classes.

Order Online

You can  order a full range of Buddhist art, cds, books and downloads, online at Tharpa Publications.  www.Tharpa.com/ca