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Fri, Apr 28


Oak Park & Wicker Park

• Unlock Profound Joy

Let Love Be Your Fuel. Make Life Your Training Ground. A special weekend of teachings and meditations with Gen Kelsang Demo, Midwest US National Spiritual Director.

• Unlock Profound Joy
• Unlock Profound Joy

Time & Location

Apr 28, 2023, 7:00 PM – Apr 30, 2023, 2:00 PM

Oak Park & Wicker Park, 13 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304, USA


Learn how to unlock profound joy in your heart using love as your fuel and life as your training ground!

Join us for a weekend of meditations and teachings with a very special guest and our Midwest US National Spiritual Director, Gen Kelsang Demo. Gen Demo will be teaching a Friday Night Lecture in Wicker Park, and a weekend course in Oak Park. Registration is by day, with a special discount for the full event. Everyone is welcome!


What is a Bodhisattva: A Buddhist Perspective on Living a Life of Altruism

Friday, April 28, 7 - 8:30pm

in Wicker Park

Our world is desperately in need of people fueled by compassion who strive to make their lives meaningful through service to others. Buddha described the life of such a person in the Mahayana Sutras -- the life of a Bodhisattva. A Bodhisattva is a friend of the world who, motivated by compassion, seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings.

Join our Midwest National Spiritual Director Gen Demo to explore how the life of a Bodhisattva translates to our modern world. By training in compassion and learning how to integrate the Bodhisattva's actions of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom into busy daily life, we can make our life meaningful and unlock the profound joy of living a life of altruism. 

7:00 - 8:30pm: Friday Night Lecture

KMC Chicago - in Wicker Park


Becoming a Friend of the World: How to Practice the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

Saturday, April 29, 2 - 5pm, & Sunday, April 30, 10am - 2pm

in Oak Park

Buddha’s example of peace and compassion has made a lasting impression in the world and inspired many people to enter a spiritual path. By following in his footsteps we can discover a life of great meaning and genuine happiness, and be able to truly benefit others. 

During this weekend course, our Midwest National Spiritual Director Gen Demo will explain the six essential practices that form the Buddhist path to enlightenment and how to integrate these ancient practices into busy modern life. They are known as the six perfections -- the practices of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom, all motivated by the supreme good heart known as Bodhichitta. Come learn how to transform all your daily activities into the Bodhisattva’s path to enlightenment! 

Sessions will include practical teachings and meditations, and an opportunity to ask questions.

Saturday, April 29

2:00 - 3:15pm: Teaching & Meditation Session 1

3:45 - 5:00pm: Teaching & Meditation Session 2

Sunday, April 30

10:00 - 11:15am: Teaching & Meditation Session 1

11:15am - 12:45pm: Lunch (provided)

12:45 - 2:00pm: Teaching & Meditation Session 2


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 more than 25 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.


Full event: $65

Friday: $15

Saturday: $30

Sunday: $40 (includes lunch)

No member discounts. Not included with "$35 for 30 Days."

Refund policy


  • Full Weekend

    Fri in Wicker Park. Sat and Sun in Oak Park. Includes lunch on Sunday.

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  • Sunday only (in Oak Park)

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