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Prayers for World Peace



teachings based on How to Transform Your Life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Sundays, 11:00-am-12:15pm
with Kadampa Buddhist Teachers
Kathleen Thurston, Julia Morales and Jonathan Walther
Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems, learn to help others, and we can make our human life meaningful.
Our Sunday drop-in meditation classes include guided meditations and a teaching on a Buddhist topic based on “How to Transform Your Life” by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. In these classes, we can learn and practice essential meditation techniques, reduce stress, and gradually learn how to reduce our own and others suffering.


Sundays 11:00am-12:15pm 


June 3: Special class on emptiness with visiting teacher Gen Kelsang Chokyan

June 10: Helping from our heart, without burn out with Kathleen Thurston
June 17: Preventing our own future suffering through self compassion with Kathleen Thurston
June 24: Learning to bear adversity with courage with Jonathan Walther


July 1: A new vision: Imagining freedom from suffering
July 8: A special meditation method for dealing with our difficulties
July 15: Meditation on giving love and happiness
July 22: Giving help to others, including animals
July 29: Using our breath to heal our body and mind

Classes ongoing!


Kathleen Thurston

Kathleen has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso since 2000, has taught Kadampa Buddhism in San Francisco and Marin for several years. She is appreciated for her warmth, clarity, and love of the Buddhist teachings.

Jonathan Walther

Jonathon is currently enrolled in the Foundation Program at KMC San Francisco.  He enjoys pujas, the wisdom teachings, and views teaching as a wonderful extension of his Kadampa studies. Jonathon teaches in Bernal Heights and at KMC SF.

Julia Morales

Julia is currently enrolled in the Foundation Program at KMC San Francisco and has travelled extensively for teachings and empowerments.  She is known for her enthusiasm, dedication, compassion and sharing spirit.

Ellen Matthews

Ellen is a retired lawyer and college teacher (philosophy) who has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 1998 and is  studying on the teacher training program.  She has retained a beginner’s love of the dharma all these years and enjoys relating this ancient, wise, and magical tradition to some current findings of brain science.


KMC San Francisco

3324 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 503-1187



50% discount for seniors 62+ and students

Drop in at any time during the series; no need to pre-register.  No one turned away for lack of funds

We are a non-profit organization funded by class fees and donations. Any profits go towards supporting the International Temples Project for World Peace.