Over the New Year period 200 Kadampa Buddhists from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific gathered for the annual Australasian Festival at KMC Australia in Melbourne. We knew we were in for an extraordinary Festival when Gen-la Khyenrab began with an introduction to the union of conventional and ultimate truths!
The Central Canadian Dharma Celebration was held just after the New Year at Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada in downtown Toronto. People treavelled from as far away as Ottawa and London to attend; and there were even two attendees from British Columbia. Over the weekend, we received the Blessing Empowerment of 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara and teachings on compassion by our National Spiritual Director and KMC Canada Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Thekchen.