Modern Buddhism

In-depth meditation classes

In recent years our knowledge of modern technology has increased considerably, and as a result we have witnessed remarkable material progress, but there has not been a corresponding increase in human happiness. There is no less suffering in the world today, and there are no fewer problems. When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the side of the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as opportunities for growth and development.

These classes explore Buddhist teachings that help us to develop and experience a deep inner peace by learning to control our mind so that we can remain happy whatever is happening in our life. The classes are presented in a way that is suitable for our modern world. Each week will focus on a different aspect of Buddhist teachings and show how the teaching can lead to deeper and deeper levels of happiness. The teachings in this class are based on the book Modern Buddhism, which is the perfect companion for those attending the classes. Each week is self-contained with a different topic being taught each week. The class contains two guided meditations, brief chanted prayers, a talk and practical advice on how to carry the instruction into our daily life.

The teacher of this class is Gen Kelsang Rabten. Gen Kelsang Rabten is the National Spiritual Director for Kadampa Buddhism in Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. He has trained under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for more than twenty-five years. His deep faith in Buddha’s teachings and the sincerity of his practice inspire many people to embark on a meaningful and rich spiritual life.

Class Information


This class is held at our Spring Hill Centre on Thursday evenings from 7.30 – 9pm. Class dates are: 22 · 29 August · 5 · 12 · 19 September · 17 · 24 · 31 October · 7 · 14 · 21 · 28 November · 5 · 12 December


The classes are located at Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane, 109 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill


The cost of the classes is $15. There is no need to book. EFTPOS facilities are available.

The teachings in this class will be based on the book Modern Buddhism by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The book is available for purchase in our bookshop or alternatively it is available as a free download from