Our Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Thekchen, is a senior meditation teacher in the New Kadampa Tradition.  He has been a Buddhist monk and teacher for 23 years, having taught in many Centres in the UK and Canada.  He presents Buddha’s teachings in a practical and often humorous way that enables the listener to easily understand the teachings and put them into practise.

Course info

Shelter from the Storm

Teachings on Buddhist Refuge and the Refuge Vow Ceremony

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

On Saturday afternoon there will be an opportunity to make a firm commitment to following the Buddhist path by taking refuge vows.  The essence of the vows is to put effort into receiving Buddha’s blessings, receiving help from Sangha and putting Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) into practice.

There will be a beautiful ceremony enabling us to enter into Buddhism by taking the Refuge vows.  This session is optional.

If you wish to just learn about the practice of Buddhist refuge, the morning sessions are perfect.

On Sunday there will be a guided retreat led by Gen Thekchen, to help us develop the mind of refuge and put it into practice by meditating on compassion and wisdom.

This will lead into a partially guided retreat from Monday – Thursday.


    Saturday  Feb 26th

    10 am – 11.15 am : Teaching and Meditation

    12 noon – 1.15 pm : Teaching and Meditation

    1.15 – 2pm : Lunch break

    2:30 pm – 4pm: Refuge Vow Ceremony (optional)

    Sunday Feb 27th

    9-10.30am : Guided meditation and prayers

    11.30am-1pm : Guided meditation and prayers

    1 – 2.30pm : Lunch break

    2:30 pm – 4pm: Guided meditation and prayers

    7-8pm: Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog

    Monday Feb 28 – March 3rd

    Partially guided refuge retreat

    to view details for the retreat click HERE

    This course will be offered both in person and online.

    This course is watchable online on demand for 7 days following the event .

    The Refuge Ceremony on Saturday is only available online live at the set time.  It will not be recorded or available to watch later.


    Suitable for those wishing to understand the deeper meaning of Buddhism and what it means to be a Buddhist.

    Everyone welcome.


    Bodhisattva KMC, 3 Lansdowne Road, Brighton & Hove, BN3 1DN
    Free parking onsite


    For day course only

    £20 – (+£4 for lunch available)

    For full weekend

    £30 (+£4 for lunch available)

    In Person Online
    Saturday only:
    Entire Weekend:
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