Join us on Labor Day Weekend

 For a Meditation Retreat

Free Your Mind: Experiencing the True Nature of the Self

August 31-September 3, 2018

Immerse yourself in the blissful and transformative meditations ultimate truth, emptiness, during this weekend retreat located in the Texas hill country.

Join us for this meaningful experience over Labor Day weekend.

Meditations from How to Transform Your Life will be guided by KMC Teachers in Texas: Our Resident Teacher in Austin, Gen Norden, and the Resident Teacher in Dallas, Gen Menla.

Gen Menla
Pre-Registration for this event is required.  This event fills up fast!

Fees (per person):

Dorm accommodations (3-4 people per room; includes retreat fees, accommodations and meals): $290, $305 after August 8
Double Room accommodations (2 people per room, includes retreat fees, accommodations and meals): $305 early, $320 after August 8
Retreat only/Day Rate (accommodations not included): $185 (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.**

Onsite accommodations are limited.  If there are none left click here for hotels near by.

**Labor day weekend is a very popular time to get away.  Make sure you reserve your hotel room as far in advance as possible**

If you are interested in attending per session, please inquire at info@meditationinaustin.org

Everyone Welcome !

Here’s some pics from previous years retreats. We have had a wonderful time here and we hope you can join us 😄

KMC Austin meditation retreat


KMC Austin meditation retreat


KMC Austin meditation retreat


KMC Austin meditation retreat


Meditation Retreats (also called Away Retreats) are a precious opportunity to step away from the busyness of everyday life, immerse ourselves in beauty, and enjoy Buddha’s teachings, meditations and spiritual friends.

Held at the Lotus Ranch, this rural retreat center is located in the rolling hills outside Wimberley, Texas, half way between Austin and San Antonio. Accommodations and vegetarian meals are included.


About the Lotus Ranch

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


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Lotus Ranch
525 Fischer Trail
Wimberley, TX 78676

lotus ranch meditation retreat map



Every year NKT-IKBU organizes world wide Kadampa festivals on Buddhism and meditation that explain how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern living. These include International Festivals, and National Festivals. These Buddhist Festivals and Dharma Celebrations provide a precious opportunity to study and practise the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of NKT.

The events vary in length from two days to two weeks, but whatever their duration they all offer a vacation with a difference – a chance to break free from the hectic routines of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. You will come away not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually re-energised.


International Spring Festival – May 25 – 30 2018, England

Buddha Prajnaparamita Empowerment and commentary with Gen-la Kelsang Thubten



International Summer Festival – July 27 – Aug 11 2018, England

Week 1 – Kadam Lamrim teachings with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa Week 2 – Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments and commentary with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong



International Fall Festival 2018, Portugal

Buddha Amitayus Empowerment and teachings on New Eight Steps to Happiness with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

Dates and Venue to be confirmed 




Our New Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Norden is a senior ordained teacher of Modern Buddhism. She was requested by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche to teach 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. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to enjoy the precious dharma of Modern Buddhism with such an experienced practitioner.


The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful.

If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness; but if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions. If we train in meditation, our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually, we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.

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