Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center Events



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

Creating a Happy Place 

Setting Up a Shrine for Home Meditation Practice

with Eve Miller | KMC Philadelphia

Saturday, February 27
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm

Everyone welcome.



Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

Do you miss the feeling of being in a meditation space? You can easily and inexpensively create a sacred space for home practice! Shrines are found not only in Buddhist Temples but also in the homes of practitioners who arrange shrines in a traditional manner as part of their meditation practice.

In this course, you will receive step-by-step instructions on how to set up a traditional Buddhist shrine. You'll learn the meaning of shrine objects and how, by bringing them into our space with sincerity, we can cultivate a mind that is calm, clear, and positive. You will also receive guidance and resources on where to find qualified shrine items, how to make offerings, and how to "kid proof" and "pet proof" your shrine so everyone at home is welcome in your meditation space. 



10 – 11 am: Setting Up Your Shrine (including advice on cleaning practice); Q & A

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Making Offerings & Inviting the Holy Beings; Q & A ; Meditation & Dedication

Solving Our Human Problems

with Rob Kelly

Saturday, March 6
Time: 10 – 11 am

Everyone welcome.



Free for members

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 Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which is available here in e-book, paperback, and audiobook formats.

Finding Stability in an Unsteady World

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Saturday, March 13

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Everyone welcome.


Included in the cost is an optional Refuge Retreat on March 15 – 18.

Free for Kadampa Members

50% discount for members

We live in turbulent times and it can feel like we have no protection from the turmoil around us. We try to cope with our anxiety and stress but, if we’re honest, many of the ways we try to protect ourselves don’t really do the job. 


This experience is not new. Buddha taught 2,500 years ago that human life is full of suffering that we cannot prevent through external maneuvering. To help us find real protection, he taught the practice of refuge—a method to develop lasting peace of mind. Come learn to protect yourself from anger, stress, and worry, and gradually develop a stable and lasting experience of inner peace.



Session 1 • 10  – 11:15 am

Session 2 • 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Refuge Retreat

Self-guided retreat sessions

Monday, March 15 –

Thursday, March 18

Everyone Welcome.


Free for members

During this retreat, we’ll emphasize cultivating inner refuge and spiritual power to protect us from all our sufferings & problems. By meditating on and developing the mind of refuge, you will become a sincere spiritual practitioner who has inner strength and a powerful mind that can face all the challenges of life.


Retreat sessions are self-guided based on teachings from Finding Stability in an Unsteady World” on Saturday, March 13.


This is a live streaming online class only. There is no option to register for an on-demand stream of this course.



Monday, March 15 – Wednesday, March 17

Sessions: 7 am; 12 noon; 5:30 pm

Thursday, March 18

Sessions: 7 am; 12 noon; 4:30 pm

Making Our Meditations Powerful

with Sarah Paden & Chuck Minguez

Saturday, March 27

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Everyone welcome.



Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

Registration coming soon.

Meditation is a life-changing, revolutionary tool for personal transformation. But sometimes we get discouraged when we practice. We feel like we can't truly enjoy the process, or we don’t fully understand the skills needed to meditate effectively.

In this workshop, we will study the tools Buddha gave us to energize our meditations, including how to: 


  • Prepare for meditation

  • Improve your contemplation of the object of meditation

  • Have the meditation touch your heart

  • Meditate with blessings

  • Integrate meditation into daily life

Don’t miss this special opportunity to empower your meditation and open the way to becoming the person you wish to be! No experience necessary. 


10 – 11:15 am: Teaching with meditation 

11:15 – 11:45 am: Break

11:45 –1 pm: Teaching with meditation 

Freedom from Unhealthy Habits

with Ethel Rackin

Saturday, April 24

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Everyone welcome.



Free for Kadampa members

50% discount for members

Registration coming soon.

Everyone experiences the pain associated with craving and attachment, and many people suffer from some type of addiction. In this workshop we will learn how to recognize and reduce the strong tendencies or bad mental habits that can lead to addiction and cause us to feel trapped, confused and powerless. 

  • Where is my craving and attachment coming from?

  • Learn practical methods to gain control over unhealthy thoughts and desires, and replace them with new positive mental habits.

  • Gradually transform our unhealthy habits into the path of spiritual development.


Through exploring Buddha’s profound teachings and meditations we can learn how to overcome compulsive ways of thinking and acting that compel us to seek satisfaction from deceptive sources.



10  – 11:15 am: Teaching with meditation

11:15 – 11:45 pm: Break

11:45 – 1 pm : Teaching with meditation



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

Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center

Modern Buddhism and Meditation for Everyone
54 Coryell Street, Lambertville NJ 08530

Tel 609.397.4828


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