Breaking Free: Tools for Transformation

A weekend on the Four Noble Truths and The Wheel of Life with guest teacher Gen Kelsang Tabkay

This is an in-person event with livestream attendance available for members!

Please note that for this special event, a registration fee is required for both livestream and in-person attendance.

How does suffering and problems cease? Only by gaining realizations that protect us from inner poisons of anger, fear, and confusion. How can we actualize the Four Noble Truths in our daily life? Can we use this ancient advice to realize our own potential for lasting happiness, to create a deeper connection with others by developing empathy, and to be empowered to hope for positive changes in our lives? 

In this special weekend with visiting teacher, Gen Kelsang Tabkay,  through teachings and guided meditations we will explore the most profound teachings of Buddha – the Four Noble Truths and the Wheel of Life – which we can use as practical advice to solve our daily problems. During the weekend, Gen Tabkay will share how we can bring these Four Noble Truths and the deep meaning of the Wheel of Life into our daily life, discover its relevance to our day to day experiences, and to develop wisdom that will make our life deeply meaningful. 

The Four Noble Truths

In Sutra of the Four Noble Truths, Buddha says:

You should know sufferings.
You should abandon origins.
You should attain cessations.
You should practice the path.

These instructions are known as the “four noble truths.” They are called “noble truths” because they are superior and non-deceptive instructions. 

The Wheel of Life

Make effort to destroy the cycle of suffering 
Enter the path to liberation 
Abandon all delusions 
And learn to cherish others

”With Dharma wisdom, if we contemplate and meditate on the meaning of the diagram of the Wheel of Life we can gain many experiences and realizations of the stages of the path.” 

Joyful Path of Good Fortune 

Registration details

Full retreat $55 ($45 for members, $35 for benefactors) – includes Saturday lunch
Friday only: $15
Saturday only: $35 – includes lunch
Sunday only: $15

Hourly Schedule

Friday, June 9

7 - 8:30pm
Seeing Inside Our Problems

Saturday, June 10

10 - 11:30am
Session 1
The Benefits of Meditating on the Wheel of Life
12 - 1pm
Session 2
The Benefits of Meditating on the Wheel of Life
1 - 2:30pm
2:30 - 4pm
Session 3
The Benefits of Meditating on the Wheel of Life

Sunday, June 11

10 - 11:15am
Special Sunday class
Attaining Pure Joy and Protection
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Friday June 9 2023


7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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  • Gen Kelsang Tabkay
    Gen Kelsang Tabkay
    Resident Teacher, KMC Phoenix

    Gen Kelsang Tabkay is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix. He has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for many years. Gen Tabkay presents Buddhism and meditation in an accessible and clear way, dedicating himself to bringing peace into the hearts of others.