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.
Kadampa Buddhist Temples are united in their common purpose – to bring Kadam Dharma into the modern world and especially into our daily life. This week, delight in the Opening Ceremony of Kailash IRC as it opens its doors to offer retreat facilities to the international community of Buddhist practitioners. Take a look at the developments of KMC Brazil and KMC Canada as their building work nears completion; and join the preliminary preparations at Tharpaland IRC as the community there prepares for the forthcoming three month retreat schedule.