How to Protect Ourself and Others: Weekend Retreat

Guest teacher National Midwestern Spiritual Director Gen Kelsang Demo will lead this February 12-14 event, How to Protect Ourself and Others: Meditations and Teachings on Love.

Buddha taught that love is the great protector. Both we ourselves and others are protected by love from harmful actions and suffering, and a loving heart inspires us to treat others with consideration and kindness. In this special weekend event, we will learn practical methods to grow our mind of love, which will bring new energy and great benefit to all our relationships. Join us for the entire weekend, or feel free to try out any particular day. Everyone welcome!

Friday Night Lecture: Love vs. Attachment

Pure love brings only good results while attachment brings only problems. Come explore Buddha’s wisdom teachings on how to discern the difference between love and attachment, and learn methods to weaken our attachment while improving our mind of love. 

Saturday Meditation Retreat: Love is the Answer

In this three-session retreat we’ll engage in a sequence of meditations on affectionate love, cherishing love and wishing love. By familiarizing yourself with love in meditation, it becomes easier to maintain warm and friendly feelings towards others in daily life. See schedule below. Everyone welcome!

Special Sunday Class: Learning to Love

Authentic love is not something we ‘fall in,’ rather it is something we nurture in our hearts. It is not something we reserve for just one person, but instead is a powerful mind of cherishing that we can learn over time to extend to everyone.  Please feel very welcome to attend this practical and uplifting class. 

Registration Details

Cost: Register for the entire weekend for $35 ($30 members, $25 benefactors)
Friday only: $10; Saturday only: $25; Sunday only: $10
Discount codes should not be used for this event.

A livestream link is available 72 hours after the class for everyone who registers.

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3. Watch for the livestream link to be emailed 45-60 minutes before class starts. (If you do not receive the link, email [email protected].)

Hourly Schedule

Friday, February 12

7 PM - 8:15 PM
Friday night lecture

Saturday, February 13

10 AM - 11 AM
Session 1
12 PM - 1 PM
Session 2
2 PM - 3 PM
Session 3

Sunday, February 14

10 AM - 11:15 AM
Special Sunday class
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Friday - Sunday February 12 - 14 2021


$35 full weekend (nonmember rate); $10 Fri, $25 Sat, $10 Sun


  • Gen Kelsang Demo
    Gen Kelsang Demo

    Gen Kelsang Demo is the Midwestern US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center, Washington, DC. She has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 20 years and has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism since 1998.
    Gen Demo is deeply respected as a teacher and practitioner. She demonstrates a wealth of practical knowledge and provides clear and inspiring teachings for people of all levels of interest.