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Gen Kelsang Tenzin

Main Meditation Teacher

Gen Kelsang Tenzin is an American Buddhist monk and the new resident teacher at Mahakaruna and Compassion Kadampa Buddhist Centers. He has taught Kadampa Buddhism extensively throughout the United States for over 20 years. Gen Tenzin has a great depth of understanding of Buddha’s teachings and shares them with warmth and humor, making them clear, practical, and accessible for everyone.

Heart Jewel:

Cultivating a Daily Practice

with Gen Kelsang Tenzin

Heart Jewel is the essential daily practice of Kadampa Buddhism. Engaging in Heart Jewel practice helps us develop our compassion, wisdom, and spiritual strength, giving us confidence and courage on the spiritual path. When we engage in Heart Jewel prayers, we rely sincerely on Je Tsongkhapa as our Spiritual Guide and on Dorje Shugden as our Dharma Protector. Practicing in this way with strong faith, we quickly purify negativity, accumulate merit, receive powerful blessings, and gain Dharma realizations.


In this course, Gen Kelsang Tenzin will guide us on a close reading of the book Heart Jewel: The Essential Practices of Kadampa Buddhism by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, each week offering special instructions and commentary to the practice. We will study the text in depth and in its entirety over the length of this course. We will also engage in the Heart Jewel practice during each class.


Whether you hope to establish or to strengthen your daily Heart Jewel practice, or you are new to meditation and interested in learning more about this special ritual prayer, please feel welcome to attend this course. 

The Heart Jewel book and prayer booklet are available in both print and electronic formats.

This is a drop-in course and you may attend as many classes as you wish. 

On-demand playback is available for 72 hours after each class

Wednesdays  7 - 8:30 pm

beginning February 3rd

$12 | included in monthly memberships

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Prayers for World Peace

with Chris Taylor

“By learning to cherish others we can experience greater peace of mind and help establish world peace in general. Through contemplating these prayers compiled by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from traditional sources, we learn to cherish others. If everyone sincerely prays to be able to cherish others, then gradually through the power of this prayer, everyone will actually cherish each other. The world will then be permanently at peace, and pure and everlasting happiness will pervade the entire world.”

Prayers for World Peace Booklet


Sundays  9 – 9:45 am
class fee is by donation

Advice for a Happy Life

with Gen Kelsang Tenzin

Buddha’s teachings give us powerful methods for increasing our wisdom and improving the quality of our life. Each class includes a guided meditation, a teaching, and a concluding meditation. This class is designed as a series but can be attended on a drop-in basis. Suitable for all levels of experience. Beginners welcome!


Mondays: 7 – 8:15 pm

Now available for playback on-demand for 72 hours!

$12 per person/included in monthly memberships 

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Current series:

Facing the COVID-19 Pandemic

with Confidence & Compassion

Gain practical insight based on Buddhist wisdom for maintaining a peaceful and positive mindset in these challenging times. In each class Gen Kelsang Tenzin will guide meditations to help us reduce our stress and manage life's difficulties in a constructive way. The meditations are personal and easy to follow, giving us confidence to practice them on our own at any time.  

12/28 – De-stressing and de-escalating when things are hard

1/4 – A daily meditation for de-stressing and detoxing

1/11 – Getting along with family in stressful times

1/18 – Learning to relax by understanding impermanence

1/25 – Managing anger & frustration

2/1 – Becoming wealthy through generosity

2/8 – Helping people without becoming exhausted

2/15 – Navigating social media with compassion

Simply Meditate

On-Demand with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arise from within.  This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life.”  


Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso,

from The New Meditation Handbook


Simply Meditate is designed to guide

meditators of all levels to an experience

of inner peace and well-being.  

Updated Weekly

$5 | included in monthly memberships

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Foundation Program

with Gen Kelsang Tenzin

In this in-depth study program we are currently studying the book Joyful Path of Good Fortune. This text provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of the commentary to Lamrim and offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that lead to lasting inner peace and happiness. This class is a monthly commitment.

Sundays 10 am – 12 pm
$80 per student, per month 

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Please contact us to register

Experiencing financial difficulty? Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Please email us to inquire about reduced class fees.

Mahakaruna & Compassion Kadampa Buddhist Centers

Modern Buddhism and Meditation for Everyone
Petaluma & Sacramento CA


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