Shelter from the Storm – The Buddhist Approach to Stopping Suffering

Class/Course Date(s) & Time:
Saturday 24th March, Starts 10:00 Finishes 16:00

Class/Course Level:
GreenSuitable for all levels

Bodhisattva KMC (Venue Map & Information)
3 Lansdowne Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 1DN


Buddha taught how all of our problems and unhappiness are rooted in negative states of mind such as anger, attachment, and confusion. Unless we learn practical methods to let go of these negative minds it will be impossible for us to experience real freedom and happiness, and we will find that we are unable to maintain a happy mind when things are not going well for us in life.

On this day course will look at how, by seeking refuge (or solutions to our problems) in the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma (Buddhist teachings), and Sangha (the spiritual community), we can overcome our negative states of mind, find mental stability, and permanent freedom from our problems. Seeking refuge in the Three Jewels is the essence of the Buddhist way of life.

This is the first day of a week-long retreat in Refuge: for information about the rest of the retreat, please see ‘Going for Refuge Retreat’.

About the teacher

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Our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Thekchen, is a senior meditation teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition.

He comes from Canada, and was previously the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Vancouver, one of the many worldwide Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Centres.

Gen Thekchen has been practising and teaching Buddhist meditation for over 20 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha’s teachings in a simple, practical and often humorous way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life.



Session 1: 10 am – 11 .15 am
Session 2: 12 noon – 1.15 pm
(Lunch will be served at 1.15 pm to those who have booked it)
Session 3: 2.30 pm – 4 pm

Class/Course Fee:
£25 (includes food and refreshments)

Course Booking:
All bookings are made through a secure online system, and you will receive an instant payment notification as well as confirmation of your course booking.

Payment Information:
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