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“What is enlightenment? It is the inner light of wisdom that is completely free from all mistaken appearance, and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day.”

- Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


Long Life, Merit & Wisdom

Buddha Amitayus Retreat

Saturday, February 4th • 10am - 4pm

$5 full retreat • 3 sessions (TTP Member discount applies)

self-guided retreat

Retreat Schedule: 

Sessions at: 10am, 12pm, 3pm

'Amitayus' means 'Infinite Life.’  There is nothing more precious than our life. Using our life in meaningful ways, we have the opportunity to experience every happiness, including enlightenment! Relying on Buddha Amitayus prevents untimely death, grows our wisdom and increases our positive energy - bringing us closer and closer to our full potential.


Near the beginning of each New Year at Kadampa Buddhist Centers worldwide, we gather together to create special causes for World Peace by relying upon Buddha Amitayus through prayer and meditation. By engaging in this retreat, we benefit the lives of countless living beings as we increase our own wisdom, long life, and merit. Through the power of Buddha’s transformational energy, our own good heart, our prayers and mantra recitation, good results will definitely come.


Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary.



Volunteer Day

  Saturday, February 11th • 11am - 3pm • free

Did you know that Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia is run entirely by volunteers? Join in! As we enter into February, get in the Valentine's Day spirit and let's show the meditation space some LOVE! We'll have a fun day of volunteer activities: cleaning, hanging artwork, organizing, rearranging, etc.  Come for an hour or stay for it all! We'll also have social time, pizza and beverages! Hope to see you there. RSVP below, you can also drop in the day of - everyone is welcome.


RETREAT: Choosing Love

  Saturday, February 18th • 10:30am - 5pm • 4 sessions

$20/full retreat -or- $5/session (TTP Member discount applies)

with Resident Teacher, John Baker

Retreat Schedule: Sessions at: 10:30am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm & 4pm

A meditation retreat is a special opportunity to see our own potential for increasing inner peace, contentment, and joy. It shows us how we can step away from our busy lives for a little while and focus on improving our good qualities. In this retreat we'll focus on four meditation objects related to love, so we can improve our relationships and everyday experiences. No previous meditation experience necessary. Everyone Welcome.


To register per session, please arrive 10 minutes prior to the session and register in person at the registration desk.


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Inner Freedom: The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva

Saturday, March 4 & Sunday, March 5

$50/Saturday only (includes lunch), $60/ Saturday & Sunday

with Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Please note: This empowerment is being held at Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center in Lambertville, NJ. Email us HERE for carpooling/ride information.

Saturday, March 4th
10:30 am – 12:30 pm • Empowerment
12:30 am – 1:30 pm • Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm  – 2:45 pm • Commentary 1

Sunday, March 5th
9 – 10 am • Meditation
10:30 am – 12 noon • Commentary 2​

An empowerment is a blessing ritual and guided meditation through which we make a deep connection with a Buddha and create the cause to actualize that Buddha's enlightened state. The empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva will enable us to connect directly with Vajrasattva's mind and to receive purification through his blessings. This powerful experience gives us a taste of the inner freedom and radiant universal love experienced by an enlightened mind. Such a taste, even though it initially may be brief, is invaluable. It allows us to see what is possible and naturally empowers us to want to use our life fully in the service of actualizing our potential.


During the commentaries, Gen Chogyop will explain the purification practice of Vajrasattva. This skillful and creative practice allows us to connect with the natural potential in our mind, to heal the wounds of the past, and to free ourselves from old and painful habits of thinking and acting. Through purifying our mind gradually we experience a wonderful lightness and inner freedom. We are free to live a life based on wisdom and love, to experience a truly joyful heart and to become the person we really wish to be.

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