Gen Norden, Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center in Austin, visits Seattle in June. She is offering teachings and retreat sessions throughout the weekend – come to one or all!
Friday, June 8, 7:00-8:30pm
Finding the Real Meaning of Human Life
In recent years we have witnessed remarkable material progress, yet we may feel as though we lack the perspective, wisdom and confidence to enjoy a balanced and meaningful life. Even though Buddha’s teachings originated more than two millennia ago, this ancient wisdom still continues to illuminate the human condition in the twenty-first century. Gen Norden, who has been an ordained Buddhist nun for over 20 years, will share some of Buddha’s transformative insights into finding the happiness and inner peace that we are looking for.
$15 (free for supporters)
Saturday, June 9, 9:00am-12:15pm
The Heart Sutra – Morning Retreat
In Buddhist philosophy, wisdom is a state of mind beyond ordinary intelligence. Wisdom allows us to clearly understand the habits that cause suffering and the practices that move us toward inner strength and confidence. Buddha’s wisdom teachings also include extraordinary teachings on the ultimate nature of reality, that all phenomena are mere appearance dependent upon the mind. In this two-part Saturday retreat, Gen Norden will explain clearly how we can understand and meditate on this most profound wisdom in a way that is qualified and effective.
The first two sessions of the Saturday retreat will explore the essence of the Heart Sutra, Buddha’s famous teachings on wisdom. Through integrating these meditations into our spiritual practice, we can solve our daily problems and find true inner peace.
Saturday, June 9, 1:45pm-5:00pm
Profundity and Clarity – Afternoon Retreat
The afternoon sessions will expand upon the teachings from the morning retreat, going deeper into the wisdom realizing emptiness, the union of the two truths known as profundity and clarity. These teachings will show how, by integrating the essential teachings of the Heart Sutra into Tantric practice, we can ripen our Buddha nature and attain complete enlightenment.
Sunday, June 10, 10:00-11:30pm
Gen Norden will guest teach Meditations for World Peace!
How to Find the Real Meaning of Human Life
Friday, June 8
The Heart Sutra
Saturday, June 9
Morning Retreat – 9:00-10:15am and 11:00am-12:15pm
Profundity and Clarity
Afternoon Retreat – 1:45-3:00pm and 3:45-5:00pm
Meditations for World Peace
Sunday, June 10
Gen Kelsang Norden is a senior teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center in Austin. Ordained as a Buddhist nun by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1994, Gen Norden has been teaching modern Buddhism and meditation in the US and the UK for over 20 years. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to receive teachings of precious Kadam dharma with such an experienced practitioner.
“By training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity that enable us to control our mind regardless of the external circumstances” – The New Meditation Handbook
Kadampa Meditation Center Washington
6556 24th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117 (map)