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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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Meditation that touches our heart is essential for gaining spiritual insights and a calm, clear, and peaceful mind. Developing our concentration is a powerful way to improve our meditation practice. Strengthening this single-pointedness of mind allows us to control our mind and direct it in the most constructive and beneficial ways.


In this series, we will learn practical techniques for improving our concentration so our meditations become powerful and heartfelt experiences that transform our mind. Practicing in this way, we will quickly overcome our daily problems and become of great benefit to others. 


This series is suitable for all levels of experience and a wonderful place to start if you are new to meditation.

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

Mondays  7 - 8:15 pm

$12 | included in monthly memberships

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Upcoming Series

  • 4/5  Discover the Bliss of Concentration & Your Own Inner Source of Joy

  • 4/12  Learning to Sit: Finding the Correct Meditation Posture

  • 4/19  Learning to Focus: Finding the Object of Meditation 

  • 4/26  Abiding with Wisdom and Compassion

  • 5/3  Remaining Like a Calm Ocean

  • 5/3  The Nine Mental Abidings: Achieving Perfect Concentration

  • 5/17  Maintaining Our Calm in Daily Life: The Practice of Non-Harmfulness

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

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

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