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We offer many special events throughout the year. Check back often to see what's coming up!


Menlha KMC joins Shad Fest 2024


Saturday & Sunday | April 20 & 21

Time: 11 am – 5 pm both days

Everyone welcome.

Join us at Shad Fest 2024!

Lambertville's famous Shad Fest is fast approaching! Come visit Menlha KMC's booth on Saturday or Sunday. We'd love to see you!

Wish to help us during Shad Fest? We'd love that too! Click here to contact us.


Heart Centered Relationships:

How Meditation Can Strengthen Your Connections
with Gina & Niko Plaitakis 

Visiting teachers from Dharmachakra Kadampa Buddhist Center

Saturday, May 4

Time: 11 am – 1 pm

Everyone welcome.

$15 (bring a friend for

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

Sometimes our relationships can be unsatisfying and frustrating. It’s not uncommon to feel like we’ve hit a dead-end in our relationships, even with someone we deeply care about. In this half-day course, we will explore the Buddhist approach for building heart-centered relationships and restoring connection.


Buddha taught that true connection with others must start from within. By taking refuge in our own naturally good heart, we connect with our authentic best self. As a result, we feel more confident and secure, and are better able to connect with others. Through meditation and Buddha’s teachings, we’ll learn how to cultivate this skill and apply it practically to our lives. 


11 – 11:45 am • Teaching & Meditation
11:45 am– 12:15 pm • Break (light snacks provided)
12:15 – 1:00 pm • Teaching & Meditation


ABOUT THE TEACHERS: Gina & Niko are a married couple who have been practicing meditation together for over 15 years. Gina finds that Buddhism has helped her to become more mindful and able to transform life’s daily problems. Niko brings quick wisdom, creativity and laughter to his practice of meditation. Together, they show the example of a modern couple using Buddha's wisdom to purely cherish each other and everyone around them. 


Finding Inner Peace
with Sarah Paden

Saturday, May 11

Time: 10 am – 12 noon

Everyone welcome.

$15 (bring a friend for

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

Inner peace is the source of all happiness. This means the source of our happiness lies within. But how do we find it and why are we so distracted from it? Certainly we are in pursuit of happiness, but how can we find it when our mind is in a state of confusion?


We need to learn to distinguish between causes of happiness and causes of suffering. This way we can avoid suffering and come to know true happiness.


10 – 10:45 am • Teaching & Meditation
10:45 – 11:15 am • Break (light snacks provided)
11:15 am – 12:00 noon • Teaching & Meditation


Solving Our Human Problems
with Rob Kelly

Saturday, May 18

Time: 10  – 11 am

Everyone welcome.

$12 (bring a friend for

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

Join us for a class that explores solutions to our daily problems and difficulties, using Buddha's teachings to change our world by changing our mind.

This class will be based on the book How to Solve Our Human Problems by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which is available in our bookstore, or here in e-book, paperback, and audiobook formats.


The Wheel of Life
with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, June 1

Time: 10 am – 3:15 pm

Everyone welcome.

$25 (bring a friend for

50% discount for Tier 1 & 2 members

Free for Tier 3 & 4 members

You may register & pay in advance, or at the door upon arrival.

Even if we contemplate the most sublime paintings and works of art we cannot gain benefits that compare with the benefits of contemplating and meditating on the famous Buddhist diagram of the 'Wheel of Life'. During this course we will give a tour of the 'Wheel of Life' and explain how we can use this diagram to guide us in our meditation practice and inspire us in our spiritual life.


We will learn why we experience the sufferings and problems that we do, and how we can permanently break free from these.


10 – 11:15 am • Teaching & Meditation
11:15 – 11:45 am • Break (light snacks provided)
11:45 am – 1 pm • Teaching & Meditation
1 – 2 pm • Lunch (served at the center)
2 – 3:15 pm • Teaching & Q&A 

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The Source of Happiness & Goodness

with Gen Chogyop & Kadam Donna


Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9

Everyone welcome.


Pricing coming soon...

"Please give me the light of your wisdom
To dispel the darkness of my mind
And to heal my mental continuum."

If we draw close to Buddha, we have a supreme and unchanging friend in our corner at all times. One of the central practices of Kadampa Meditation Centers is the recitation and contemplation of The Liberating Prayer. This beautiful praise to Buddha Shakyamuni, composed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso directly for us, is a profound exploration of the nature of enlightenment that allows us to open up to and connect with the blessings of the Buddhas, thereby greatly inspiring us on our own path to enlightenment.

Gen Chogyop and Kadam Donna will guide meditations and share insights based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s commentaries that will allow us to go deeper in our own contemplations on this beautiful, poetic, inspiring prayer.


"The Liberating Prayer is not an ordinary prayer – It is like a text and has profound meaning. All Lamrim teachings – renunciation, bodhichitta, and correct view of emptiness are included in this prayer. I can say very few people understand the Liberating Prayer. It definitely needs verbal commentary by a Teacher. If we understand and contemplate its meaning – it is the best method to develop faith in Buddha and his teachings, which is our spiritual life and the root of all Dharma realizations."
– Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Session Times & Meditations


Intro • 7:30 – 9 pm 

Session 1 • 9 – 10:30 am
Session 2 • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Session 3 • 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Wishfulling Jewel • 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Meditation • 9 – 10 am 
Prayers for World Peace • 11 am – 12:30 pm



— Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, from the book The New Meditation Handbook

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