Special Events
Day Courses,
Public Talks,


“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


Day Course: The Wheel of Life

Saturday, Oct 16 • 11am - 2pm • $25 • FP & TTP Discounts Apply

with Resident Teacher, Gen Chogyop 

The Wheel of Life is a diagram drawn by Buddha that teaches the complete path to enlightenment. Included within it are Buddha’s teachings on The Four Noble Truths, telling us what we should know, abandon, practice and attain; it also illustrates the Twelve-Dependent Related Links, a chain-like series of cause and effect that reveals the way in which we are bound to samsaric rebirth.

This course will give a practical and contemplative tour of the Wheel of Life and show us how to use this diagram to inspire our meditations and guide us along the spiritual path.


Session 1 • 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Session 2 • 12:45 am – 2:00 pm

In person and live stream via ZOOM

Please register before the session begins.


International Fall Festival 2021: Green Tara Empowerment Viewing Party

Saturday, Oct 23 • 3:30pm - 6:30pm • No Cost

Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia is offering the opportunity to receive the International Fall Festival Green Tara Empowerment together as a community via livestream at the Center. We will have a shrine to Green Tara, so please feel free to bring an offering.  Please note, you must present your registration confirmation email for the International Fall Festival in order to attend. There is limited seating, so please RSVP early. Seating will be reserved on a first come first serve basis.

At the Fall Festival 2021, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, Spiritual Director of NKT, will grant the empowerment of Buddha Green Tara and give teachings on The Path to Heaven, the transference of consciousness (powa) practice of Arya Tara.

Kadampa Buddhists have a special relationship with Arya Tara because she promised Atisha she would protect his followers in the future. How fortunate therefore to receive the blessings of Tara directly from the Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition.


The Blessing Empowerment of White Tara

Saturday, Nov 6 •  10am – 5pm • $50 • FP & TTP Discounts Apply

with Resident Teacher, Gen Chogyop

In person at Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center in Lambertville, NJ

and livestream via ZOOM

During this very special event, Gen Kelsang Chogyop will grant the blessing empowerment of White Tara. White Tara is a female enlightened being whose function is to bestow long life, wisdom, and good fortune. Because Tara is also the manifestation of the wind element of all Buddhas we can receive her blessings quickly, and by relying on her with faith we can quickly receive her protection from contagious diseases, the dangers of fire, and other disasters.

The empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we make a deep connection with this inspiring Buddha and receive her healing, joyful and protective blessings.

The empowerment commentary will focus on the tantric meditation practice known as self-generation. These imaginative meditations help us to develop White Tara's special qualities swiftly. 


Please note: this event is in person in Lambertville, NJ ONLY. There is limited seating so please register early if you wish to attend in person. Those receiving the empowerment in Philadelphia will receive it at home via ZOOM (there will be no in person gathering in Philadelphia).


10 am – 12 pm • White Tara Empowerment

2  – 3:30 pm • Empowerment Commentary

4 – 4:45 pm • White Tara Practice


Removing Obstacles to Happiness: 

Vajrasattva Purification Retreat

Nov 15 – 18 • $5 • Free for FP & TTP Members

Self guided retreat sessions 

Everyone wants to be happy all the time, but often our past comes back to block our present happiness. Buddha taught the main obstacle to making progress in the spiritual path is negative karma and the main cause of our suffering is our negative actions from the past. In this retreat, we will remove obstacles from our mind quickly through relying upon Buddha Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification.


In this retreat we will develop sincere regret for our past negativity, rely on Buddha Vajrasattva as a supreme friend, recite his mantra as a way to remove negativity from our mind, and make a commitment to avoid negative actions in the future.  Through this practice our mind will feel refreshed, clean, and happy.


Session Times:

Monday 11/15 – Wednesday 11/17: 7:00am; 12:00pm; 5:15pm

Thursday 11/18: 7:00am; 12:00pm

In person and live stream via ZOOM

Please register before the session begins.


Friday Night Lecture: Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Friday, Nov 19 • 7:00 - 8:00pm • $10

In daily life we may feel that we are alone and isolated, struggling against an indifferent world.  If we tap into Buddha's wisdom, we will discover that in actuality we are interconnected in a web of kindness with all the living beings around us. This Friday Night Lecture will explore a new way of viewing ourself, our skills, our enjoyments and our world to cultivate peaceful feelings of closeness, connectedness and gratitude.

In person and live stream via ZOOM

Please register before the session begins.



Details & registration coming soon

A String & A Prayer: Mala Making Course

Saturday, Dec 4 • 11:00am - 2:00pm • $40 • Materials Included

with Kadampa Meditation Teachers, Vickie Clement & Eve Miller

Friday Night Lecture:

From Scrooge to Santa, The Power of Generosity

Friday, Dec 17 • 7:00 - 8:00pm • $10

with Kadampa Meditation Teacher, Sarah Bly