Annual Away Retreat with KMC Arizona and KMC Phoenix 

at the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon 

March 26 - 29 

This retreat will be based on the liberating insights into reality from Venerable Geshe Keslang Gyatso Rinpoche's latest book, The Mirror of Dharma. By meditating on Buddha's teachings on reality, or emptiness, we can learn to free ourselves from our most stubborn bad habits, practically benefit others and immerse ourselves in a state of lasting peace.   This retreat will be a meaningful vacation from the distractions of daily life at the newly developed temple for world peace in Willams Arizona.


Each session will include a brief teaching, preparatory prayers and a guided meditation.

“Through practising Buddha’s teachings we can develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time, so that we will be happy all the time; regardless of whether our external conditions are good or bad, if we maintain a peaceful mind all the time we will be happy all the time.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The Mirror of Dharma With Additions.

Retreat Schedule is at the bottom of this page

Pricing for Retreat Course:

Thursday - Sunday - $95

Friday  - Sunday -  $85

Saturday - Sunday $65

Per Day  - $45

Per Session - $10.00

About the Teachers

Gen Kelsang Lingpur is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Arizona in Tucson. She has been a student and disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for 23 years. Gen Lingpur has been ordained as Buddhist nun for many years and has taught for the New Kadampa Tradition in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Mexico. Having benefited greatly herself from the study of Buddha Dharma, she is happy to give back by sharing her love of Buddha’s teachings. With a down-to-earth style, Gen Lingpur helps us to look at our situation in a new light, and to transform negative minds into positive ones.

Gen Kelsang Tabkay is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix. He has been a student of contemporary Buddhist Master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for 13 years, having received empowerments and lineage blessings directly from him. Gen Tabkay presents Buddhism and meditation in an accessible and clear way, dedicating himself to bringing peace into the hearts of others. He was previously the Education Program Coordinator and Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina.

About the Venue

In 2017, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso established International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon (IKRC Grand Canyon) for the local, national and international benefit and in the fall of 2019, it opened to the public. 

The retreat center, previously a 70-room hotel, is located in the beautiful mountainous region of Northern Arizona, and is less than an hour from the Grand Canyon.

This part of the US is known for its extraordinary beauty and is visited by millions of people each year from all over the world.

Very accessible and located on almost 40 acres, IKRC Grand Canyon borders the Kaibab National Forest, which is filled with fragrant ponderosa pine trees and abundant wildlife.

From the retreat center's cafe there is a direct view of Humphrey’s Peak, the highest mountain in Arizona.

Retreat Schedule:


Thursday, March 26th

7:30pm – Introduction to the retreat

Friday, March 27

9:00-10:30am ~ Session 1

11:15-12:45pm ~ Session 2

4:00-5:30pm ~ Session 3

7:30-9:00 pm ~ Session 4

Saturday March 28th

9:00-10:30am ~ Session 1

11:15-12:45pm ~ Session 2

4:00-5:30pm ~ Session 3

7:30-9:00pm ~ Q and A and meditation


Sunday, March 29th

9:00-10:30am ~ Session 1

11:15-12:45pm ~ Session 2


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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