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Retreats & Events
Quebec Dharma Celebration 2019
The Method to Overcome Obstacles
Empowerment of Buddha Prajnaparamita
April 26-28, 2019

In a world where stress, depression and dissatisfaction are increasingly common, we often experience a lot of unhappiness and numerous obstacles. If we take Buddha’s advice to heart and integrate his teachings into our life, we will be able to solve our problems and gradually attain a truly peaceful mind, limitless inner strength and eventually lasting happiness.

During the Saturday morning ceremony called an “empowerment”, we will receive the inspiring energy of female wisdon Buddha, Buddha Prajnaparamita. Her function is to eliminate obstacles and dissipate the darkness of our ignorance. Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab will then give teachings so we can learn to apply practical methods to overcome our obstacles. This event is open to all.

All the teachings with Gen-la Khyenrab will be given in English. The introductory talk and the morning guided meditations will be given in French. If you require English translation, make sure to book it by April 15 on your booking form.

Open to everyone • No pre-requisites • PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

 
Gen Lhoundroub invites you! Watch the video

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Teacher
Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is the National Spiritual Director in Canada and the Resident Teacher at KMC Canada in Toronto. Gen-la has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years. His profound and powerful teachings are appreciated throughout the world and his example shows his own experience of Dharma.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Gen Kelsang Lakpa is the Resident Teacher of the Toushita Buddhist Centre in Québec city. Through the blessings of his spiritual guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Gen Lakpa transmits Buddha’s teachings with humour, in a practical manner in accordance with our modern world. Gen Lakpa will give the Friday evening Introductory talk to the Celebration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Danielle Rousseau is the Resident Teacher of the Vajrayogini Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion. She studies and practices meditation & Buddhism for close to 20 years. She will guide the morning meditations during this Celebration (in French)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Venue
Kadampa Meditation Centre Montreal
835 Laurier E, Montréal

 

Fees & Registration

FEES

Inscription Fees
Full weekend (with lunches) $180
Full Weekend (without lunches) $160
Intro only (Friday April 26 • 7:30 to 9pm) $15
Saturday only: empowerment and teachings (with lunch) $90 (SOLD OUT)
Saturday only: empowerment and teachings (without lunch) $80
Sunday only: teachings* (with lunch) $75 (SOLD OUT)
Sunday only: teachings (without lunch) $65

**It is possible to only attend the Sunday morning special teaching with Gen-la Khyenrab “Overcoming Obstacles” from 11am-12:30pm : $12. No pre-registration required, just drop-in. Seating is on a “First come first serve” basis.

Schedule

Friday April 26
10:30am • Sojong with Gen Kelsang Chögyan (For ordained sangha only)

4pm • Registration opens
7:30 – 9pm • Introduction with Gen Kelsang Lakpa
Please note: there is no dinner offered Friday

Saturday April 27

9 – 10am • Meditation with Danielle Rousseau
11am – 1pm • Buddha Prajnaparamita Empowerment with Gen-la Khyenrab
1:30 – 2:15pm • Lunch (1st sitting)
2:15 – 3pm • Lunch (2nd sitting)
3:30 – 5pm • Commentary with Gen-la Khyenrab

Sunday April 28

9 – 10am • Meditation with Danielle Rousseau
11am – 12:30pm • Commentary with Gen-la Khyenrab
1 – 2:30pm • Lunch (1st sitting)
3 – 4:30pm • Commentary with Gen-la Khyenrab

All the teachings with Gen-la Khyenrab will be given in English. The introductory talk and the morning guided meditations will be given in French. If you require English translation, make sure to book it by April 15 on your booking form.

 

Accommodation

Onsite

Onsite dormitory accommodation is offered but in limited quantities and only for those attending the FULL Celebration. We recommend to reserve on the day the booking opens to avoid disappointment.

Dorm Fees: 63,25$/pers (including taxes) for 2 nights (September 14 & 15).

Linen and bath towel provided. Fees also include the breakfast on the next morning.

To make a reservation for dorm accommodation, directly contact us at 514-521-2529.

When you register, if your prefered accommodation is no longer available, contact us and request to be added to our waiting list.

Offsite

 

Children

Children are welcome to the Celebration. All children even babies must be registered. Please register each child separately. For legal and security reasons, 1 adult must be named for each child attending the Celebration. Children must be under caregiver’s supervision at all times. To register children, please call us at 514-521-2529.

Children’s fees

8 years and younger: free
9 – 15 years old: 50% off adult’s rate
16 years and over: Adult’s rate

During the teachings

A video link for families will be available outside the meditation room.

In the meditation room

Children wishing to attend the Empowerment Ceremony are welcome to do so if they can remain quiet and calm as to not disturb the concentration of others. Please do not bring babies and young children during the meditation sessions.

Accommodation for children

Since the number of spaces available is limited during this event, we are unable to offer accommodation for children under 16 years old.

 

Transport & Parking

The Celebration will take place at KMC Montreal located at 835 Laurier East, on the Plateau Mont-Royal in Montreal, between St-André and St-Hubert Streets.

Directions to Kadampa Meditation Centre Montreal:

From Megabus Bus Station • 997 Rue Saint-Antoine West

1) Public transport (subway) – $3.25
2) Take the subway at Bonaventure Station on the orange line in Montmorency direction
3) Get off at Laurier Station (Follow the ‘rue Laurier’ exit)
4) Turn left on Laurier Street
5) The centre is located at 835 Laurier East, at the corner of St-Andre Street

From the Central Station • 1717 rue Berri

1) Public transport (subway) – $3.25
2) Turn left on Berri Street
3) Turn right on Maisonneuve Street walk to St-Denis street
4) Take the subway at the Berri UQAM Station on the orange line in Montmorency direction
5) Get off at Laurier Station (Follow the ‘rue Laurier’ exit)
6) Turn left on Laurier Street
7) The centre is located at 835 Laurier East, at the corner of St-Andre Street

By car

Follow Google maps for directions (click here for the map of KMC Montreal).

Parking

KMC Montreal is located in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal. Parking can be tricky in the area and considering the number of people who will attend the Celebration, we strongly recommend to take public transport. KMC Montreal is a 3 min walk from the Laurier subway station on the orange line (see directions above)

Some parking options:

– Free Parking lot on Carrières Street between de la Roche Street and de Lanaudière Street, 15 min walk from the Rosemont subway station (orange line).

– Outside parking at the corner of Rosemont and St-Denis Streets (Next to Rosemont Subway station).

– Daily Vignette to park around the centre in the neighbouring streets. Click here for more info.

– Governor’s Hotel (1415 St-Hubert Street) has indoor parking for 19,50$ per day plus tax.