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Summer Festival 2015: Day 4

Summer Festival 2015: Day 4

Kadam Bridget sets the tone for the day with a heart enriching meditation on relying on the Spiritual Guide.

Gen-la Kunsang is full of encouragement on this final day of teaching. Describing a new Tharpa Publications card depicting the principal Kadam Lamrim Lineage Gurus, such as Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa, she recommends we contemplate it so as to increase our faith. But, she adds, our faith isn’t passive: Venerable Geshe-la’s plan is that we ourselves become lineage Gurus.

She continues with her encouragement:

Every day rejoice in our good qualities, develop gratitude towards our Spiritual Guide and our precious lineage, take the precious nectar of Kadam Lamrim, and become truly human (instead of a bad-tempered monster!)

And, of course, rejoice in others virtues and good qualities. “Our Buddha nature wants to be free,” she says. “It’s just waiting to sprout.” She says that through focussing on our present peace we will naturally want to experience this peace all the time. How? Through Kadam Lamrim.

In the final teaching Gen-la says, If a mother saw her child drowning she wouldn’t just think, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if my child didn’t drown’. Instead she jumps right in to save the child.

At the Festival, we learn to jump right in … right in to the Bodhisattva’s path to enlightenment. Just being here is powerful encouragement to fulfil our spiritual potential It’s a full on immersion in the Bodhisattva’s way of life, the 6 perfections, as explained today by Gen-la. Naturally we end up giving, being kind and patient, giving joyful effort, training in concentration and wisdom.

And because the International Kadampa Festival has arisen through the universal compassion of our Spiritual Guide, the wish to benefit the whole world and all living beings permeates everywhere. The Festival feels like a launch pad to enlightenment.

At the end of the teaching, we realise that, amazingly, Gen-la has taken us through the whole Lamrim and set us up perfectly to receive the empowerments. How wonderful! Thank you Gen-la! We conclude, with deep gratitude, with the long life prayer for Venerable Geshe Kelsang.

Tomorrow we enter into retreat.

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Summer Festival 2015: Day 3

Summer Festival 2015: Day 3

As Gen-la Kunsang reminds us today, death can come at anytime …and in the Lake District so can the rain! Festival goers get out their raincoats, umbrellas and rubber boats, and scarves and hats come out to ward off the cold. But the smiles on everyone’s face are as warm as ever, and the Festival… Continue Reading

Summer Festival 2015: Day 2

Summer Festival 2015: Day 2

The perfect start to the day: a simple meditation on the breath, guided by Kadam Bridget, that allows us all to settle deeply into a peaceful experience at our heart. After all the travelling and sorting out accommodations etc it is just the ticket. It is a beautiful clear, sunny day here in the Lake… Continue Reading

Summer Festival 2015: Day 1 – Introduction

Summer Festival 2015: Day 1 – Introduction

Arriving for the Festival is always an amazing experience. If it’s your first visit, you are stunned by the grandeur and sheer size of Conishead Priory, home of Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, and the beauty of the temple and the grounds. If you are festival veteran, it’s a fiesta of greetings, as you reconnect with… Continue Reading

Ordination Day – Summer Festival 2015

Ordination Day – Summer Festival 2015

The Temple was filled with a sea of yellow as ordained Sangha from all over the world came to attend the 2015 ordination ceremony. Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang granted ordination to 21 Kadampas from Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and US. The smiles were irrepressible from the group who delighted in… Continue Reading

Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day

Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day

The anniversary of Buddha’s first teaching in this world, which is called ‘Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day’, is celebrated on June 4 by Kadampa Buddhist throughout the world. It is an extremely auspicious day during which the karmic effect of our actions is greatly multiplied.

This day also marks the birthday of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of NKT-IKBU, who was born on Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day in 1931. Continue Reading

Spring Festival 2015 – Intro to Kadampa World (Video and photos)

Spring Festival 2015 – Intro to Kadampa World (Video and photos)

In his Introduction to the International Spring Festival 2015, Gen-la Khyenrab declared “the Festival is the best way to find out what’s happening in the Kadampa world.” How true. Journeying to the Festival on the train from Manchester to Ulverston, I found myself in conversation with Kadampa practitioners and teachers from the USA, Spain, Italy,… Continue Reading

Preparing for Spring Festival

Preparing for Spring Festival

Spring Festival 2015 is only 10 days away.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab be granting the blessing Empowerment of Medicine Buddha and giving Teachings at this year’s Spring Festival. Please enjoy this video Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab giving an Introduction to last years’ Summer Festival. Continue Reading

1000 Dorje Shugden statues arrive at Manjushri KMC

1000 Dorje Shugden statues arrive at Manjushri KMC

1000 Dorje Shugden statues arrived at Manjushri KMC this morning, in time for the Spring Festival. A willing group of volunteers eagerly awaited its arrival, unloading the container in record time! Gen-la Dekyong was there to help, and opened the first box, sharing her delight at the arrival of the Wisdom Protector. Thank you Venerable… Continue Reading

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