A Vision of the Pure Land

festival review video

talk of the town

In July 2005, over 3,000 people gathered at the Temple for World Peace at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England.

We were there for the 2005 International Summer Festival of Kadampa Buddhism.

During the two weeks of the Festival we received the empowerment and commentary of Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion, and teachings on transference of consciousness, or powa, from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Geshe-la never ceases to amaze us with his ability to convey the most profound and meaningful aspects of the spiritual path in a way that is easy to understand and easy to put into practice.

So powerful were the blessings from the teachings, meditations, and retreats that the whole Festival became the practice. Everywhere you turned you saw happy people cherishing others in thought, word, and deed - a living example of a truly compassionate society.

It left us all feeling that it is possible for the world in which we live to become a Pure Land. If three thousand people can live together so happily, cherishing others so deeply, three million can — the whole world can!

And what a blessing to learn how to help others not only while they are alive but also while they are dying and in their future lives!

Thank you, Geshe-la for your immeasurable kindness and perfect example!

This site tells the story of the Festival in videos, pictures, and sound — all produced during the Festival by people attending it. Use the links at the top and bottom of each page to visit the various sections and enjoy a glimpse of the Pure Land!

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