Saturday 29 April · 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
with Gen Kelsang Sanden

Location: Commercial Drive · Kadampa Meditation Centre - Vancouver 1833 Victoria Diversion

Cost: $90 | $60 for members (includes vegetarian lunch). Click to become a member and save!

***KMC Vancouver is hosting both a Vajrasattva Empowerment on April 29th and a Vajrasattva Retreat from April 30th to May 5th.  You are welcome to register for either or both; details are available below***

HEALING OUR PAST: Preparing for the Future

The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva
Saturday April 29th

Buddha explained that the negative and positive experiences in our lives arise from the actions we performed in the past; this is our karma.  Buddha also taught how we can heal our past and create a better future by purifying and abandoning our negative karma.  It is this karma that causes us to experience anxiety, worry, unhappiness, and all mental and physical pain.  Our past can be healed, cleansed and purified, and there is a Buddha who can specifically help us to do this!

Buddha Vajrasattva is the Buddha of Purification, who possesses the special power to remove negative karma.  Through receiving Vajrasattva’s empowering blessings, and practicing the meditation and mantra recitation of Vajrasattva, gradually all the obstacles to our happiness and good fortune will be purified.    This empowerment is a special opportunity to enrich your spiritual life, bring benefit to all, and learn how to progress swiftly on the path to enlightenment.

In the commentary after the empowerment, Gen Sanden, will explain how the purification practice of Vajrasattva allows us to connect with the natural potential in our mind, heal the wounds of the past, and to free ourselves from old and painful habits of thinking and acting.

Many causes and conditions must come together to allow an event such as this to appear in this world. It is incredibly rare good fortune to receive this empowerment and teachings that enable us to transform our karma and draw close to Buddha Vajrasattva. Come join us at KMC Vancouver for this event and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Empowerment Schedule
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Empowerment
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Vegetarian lunch provided
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM Commentary
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Practice & Q&A

Empowerment Fees & Registration
Per Person $90
Audio Recordings $10


Important information
  • Doors open at 9:30am.
  • The empowerment will start at 10am.
  • Please arrive as early as possible.
  • Please be as quiet as possible as our Teacher, Gen Sanden, will be preparing.
  • If you wish to make an offering, we will have some for purchase or feel free to bring your own.

Sadhanas (prayer booklets)

Please bring your own if you have them or we will have some available to use.  We will also have some for purchase.  We will be using the following sadhanas:

  • Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from his Faithful Disciples.
  • Offering the Requesting Mandala (Empowerment).
  • Prayers for Meditation.
  • Meditation and Recitation of solitary Vajrasattva.


We have a large team of kind volunteers helping us to prepare and run this event.  We might still need a few hands during the event to help us serve food, clean up after each session and help us take down the shrine.  If you can volunteer, please let us know when you arrive.

Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

April 30th to May 5th
Starting Sunday April 30th and continuing until Friday May 5th, we will engage in a Vajrasattva purification retreat in conjunction with the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa. In the first session on Sunday, Gen Sanden will explain how to engage in Vajrasattva purification practice in conjunction with Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, a special practice of the power of reliance, that optimizes our power to purify negative karma. Subsequent sessions on Sunday will be lightly guided and unguided sessions starting Monday and ending on Friday.

If you are interested in the Vajrasattva Purification Retreat, please click HERE.


Gen Kelsang Sanden is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having studied under him for over 20 years He is a western Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver. He shares Buddha’s teachings with clarity, humour and kindness which makes them accessible to everyone. Through his humility and deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings, Gen Sanden provides an inspiring example of a contemporary Buddhist practitioner we can follow.


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