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Awakening the Heart: Meditations on Wisdom and Love

  • Lotus Ranch 525 Fischer Trail Wimberley, TX, 78676 United States (map)


Immerse yourself in the transformative meditations on loving-kindness and the wisdom of ultimate truth, emptiness, during this weekend retreat located in the Texas Hill Country. Meditations from How to Transform Your Life will be guided by our KMC Resident Teachers from Dallas, Houston and Austin. Join us for this meaningful experience over Labor Day weekend!

Held at the Lotus Ranch, this rural retreat center is located in the rolling hills in Wimberley, Texas, outside Austin. Accommodations and vegetarian meals are included. There are also many nice local bed and breakfasts in and near Wimberly.

On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice.
— Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


Gen Kelsang Menla was ordained as a Kadampa Buddhist monk in 2001 and has taught Kadampa Buddhism since that time. Gen Menla has also completed temple renovation projects in Baltimore, Albuquerque and our own temple here in Dallas. He brings a warm heart and joyful attitude to sharing Buddha’s teachings and the practice of meditation.


Gen Kelsang Norden, a senior ordained teacher requested by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso to teach modern Buddhism at Kadampa Meditation Center in Houston.  Ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1994, Gen Norden has been teaching Buddhism and meditation in the US and the UK for over 20 years.

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Kelsang Dechok is a senior ordained teacher of Modern Buddhism. She was requested by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche to teach at Kadampa Meditation Center in Austin. She has studied and taught in both the US and the UK for many years.


Introduction: 7-8:30pm

Saturday & Sunday
Session 1: 9-10:15am
Session 2:  11:15am-12:30pm
Lunch Break
Session 3: 4:30-5:45pm
Dinner Break
Session 4: 7:30-8:30pm

Session 1: 9-10:15am
Session 2: 11am-12:15pm
12:30 Lunch & Checkout

About the Location

The Lotus Ranch is a beautiful 40 acre retreat facility located in Wimberley, Texas, approximately half-way between Austin and San Antonio. Lotus Ranch has over 2 miles of walking trails with 2 ponds and natural gardens provide the perfect space for peaceful walks and contemplation between meditation sessions.

Onsite housing is limited at Lotus Ranch. Please register early for rooms. In Wimberly there are many comfortable Bed and Breakfasts and hotels in the area, as well.

Registration and Accommodations

Fees (per person):

Dorm accommodations (3-4 people per room; includes retreat fees, accommodations and meals):
$270, $285 after August 8

Double Room accommodations (2 people per room, includes retreat fees, accommodations and meals):
$285 early, $300 after August 8

Retreat only/Day Rate (accommodations not included): $165 (includes meals)
Friday intro: $20**
Saturday: $50**
Sunday: $50**
Monday: $25**
**These single day rates do not include meals; if you would like to purchase meals, they will be an additional $5.

If you are interested in attending per session, please inquire at

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Learn to Relax: A Mini Retreat