Kadampa Buddhism

The New Kadampa Tradition - International Buddhist Union
Founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Summer Festival 2015: Day 8

Summer Festival 2015: Day 8

Kadam Morten prepared us for the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments by guiding meditations on the Three Principal Paths, helping us to generate renunciation, bodhichitta and the correct view of emptiness following the instructions we received from Gen-la Dekyong previous night.

During session breaks every expanse of lawn throughout the Priory was covered with people relaxing, discussing and contemplating. It is heartwarming to be in such a harmonious and happy environment. People who felt like quiet contemplation sat comfortably alone next to large groups chatting – everyone joyful and peaceful.

In the afternoon, we began our spiritual journey into Dakini Land with the Heruka Empowerment Preparation. Gen-la clearly and beautifully guided us through the stages of preparing to enter the mandala and receive the empowerments.

Explaining that the Bodhisattva and Tantric vows are the foundation of Tantric attainments, Gen-la said if we want to make progress we need to give our mind a job to do by training in the intention to keep the commitments purely. This vow makes our life meaningful and with this intention we will be able to directly benefit each and every living being every day and this, she said, is why our commitments are our best friends and the real wishfulfilling jewels.

Gen-la told us how love is the real protector and encouraged us to encourage ourselves to transform our minds and become pure beings. At this Summer Festival with thousands of people practising love it becomes so much easier to imagine a pure world inhabited by pure beings.

At twilight the Temple was a truly magnificent sight, thousands of practitioners wholeheartedly singing protector prayers and making offerings, how wonderful!

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Summer Festival 2015: Day 7

Summer Festival 2015: Day 7

The Lake District showed off today with the most glorious sunny warm weather. On this postcard perfect day, Buddhists from all over the world relaxed and recharged and thousands more began to arrive for the second week of the Summer Festival. Many wandered out into the beautiful Cumbrian countryside with packed lunches whilst others descended… Continue Reading

Summer Festival 2015: Day 6

Summer Festival 2015: Day 6

Retreat day 1. It’s an amazing sight. More than 1500 people gather together in the temple meditating on Kadam lamrim. Where else does this happen in the world? It’s an amazing experience. The air of concentration pervades the temple. The silence during the sessions is breathtaking. Gen Rabten leads the retreat with great clarity. He… Continue Reading

Summer Festival 2015: Day 5

Summer Festival 2015: Day 5

Retreat day 1. It’s an amazing sight. More than 1500 people gather together in the temple meditating on Kadam lamrim. Where else does this happen in the world? It’s an amazing experience. The air of concentration pervades the temple. The silence during the sessions is breathtaking. Gen Rabten leads the retreat with great clarity. He… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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

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