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 day course 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.

In the 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.


    Saturday  Feb 26th

    10 am – 11.15 am : Teaching and Meditation

    12 noon – 1.15 pm : Teaching and Meditation

    Lunch 1.15 pm

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

    Sunday Feb 27th – March 3rd

    Guided Refuge retreat

    to view details for the retreat click HERE

    This course will be offered both in person and online.


    Suitable for all levels


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


    £20 (£15 for early birds) – £4.50 for lunch available

    Booking links available soon

    to Book for the retreat click HERE