Abiding in the Heart

Post Festival Retreat

Saturday August 31 & Sunday Sept 1
from 10am on Saturday to 1pm on Sunday

Kadampa Meditation Centre Fraser Valley
Unit 106 – 31581 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

Teacher Gen Kelsang Sanden

About the retreat

In this special weekend retreat, Gen Sanden will bring back inspiration from the teachings and meditations at the NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival in the UK. The subject is Mahamudra meditation and the retreat will enable us to take these precious instructions to heart.

The Mahamudra meditations taught by Buddha are simple yet powerful methods for accessing the space-like clarity of our mind. These techniques help us to maintain the peace and bliss of a pure mind, even in the face of life’s ordinary worries and frustrations. Step by step, meditating on the pure nature of our mind leads to the recognition of our subtle mind, and then to the manifestation of liberating wisdom (bliss!).  Effective Mahamudra meditation eventually reveals the true nature of reality and the swiftest path to full enlightenment.

This retreat – one of many being offered simultaneously around the world – will help deepen the experience of those who attended the Summer Festival as well as give an opportunity to those who couldn’t travel there to connect to the life changing experience of that event! 

Everyone is welcome to this retreat.


Gen Kelsang Sanden is a Canadian Buddhist monk, and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver.  He has been a long time student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. He is well loved for his compassion, sense of humour and the clarity of his teachings.

Gen Sanden taught at KMC Fraser Valley since its inception; we are looking forward to welcoming him back for this weekend retreat.

Provisional Timetable

Saturday August 31

9:30am – 10am     arrival and registration

10am – 11:15am     teaching and meditation
11:45am – 1pm     teaching and meditation

1pm – 2:15pm        lunch

2:15pm – 3:30pm      teaching and meditation

Sunday September 1

10am – 11:15am     teaching and meditation
11:45am – 1pm     teaching and meditation

Cost & registration

$65 including lunch and refreshments

$40 for Centre Card holders


  • $35 per night in comfortable 4-share rooms at KMCFV. Includes self-serve breakfast.
  • Discounted rate at a local hotel – details here


Please pre-register to help with our planning. There are various ways you can do this:

  • in person at a meditation class
  • by phone: 604.853.3738
  • by email: registrar@kmcfv.ca
  • online using the link below. (If you are a Centre Card holder please use only the above 3 options)
Information & parking

If you have questions please email or phone:


604 853 3738

There is parking onsite.