Becoming a Friend of the World

Saturday, April 20th 

10:30 am - 4:30 pm

with Buddhist monk and Resident Teacher, Kelsang Tabkay

$25 pre-registration; $30 at door (Free for all membership levels)

 (lunch included for first 40 retreaters registered; membership discounts apply)

“Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform Your Life

Through understanding and practicing Buddha’s teachings on bodhichitta, the mind of enlightenment, we can develop a powerfully joyful and loving heart which we can use to heal our own suffering and the suffering of others around us. 

In this special day course, we will hear profound but practical teachings on this supremely altruistic mind, how to develop it inside in our heart through meditation and daily practice, and how to become a friend to the world who affects everyone they meet in the best possible way.

Finally, a special Bodhisattva Vow ceremony will be offered in which people will have the opportunity to become a member of the Mahayana Buddhist family, becoming like a son or daughter of Buddha. This vow will ensure the swift attainment of enlightenment for whoever takes it. It is said whoever takes the Bodhisattva Vow and keeps it purely will constantly be creating positive energy day and night, even while asleep.

This course is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike and will lead us to developing our good heart of love and compassion.


10:30am-12:00 pm: Teaching and Meditation on How to be a Bodhisattva (Friend of the World)

2:00-3:15: Teaching on Six Steps to Happiness and the Bodhisattva Vow

3:30-4:30: Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony (optional)

About the Teacher

Kelsang Tabkay is an American Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix.


He has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years. Tabkay presents Buddhism and meditation in an accessible and clear way, dedicating himself to bringing peace into the hearts of others. 

Venue Location: 
Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix
614 East Townley Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix  is a non-profit organization established to bring inner peace to our busy, hectic lives. Through practicing the methods taught, everyone can discover lasting happiness from within.


614 East Townley Ave

Phoenix AZ 85020



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