In October we have a rare opportunity to receive Manjushri empowerment and teachings on Venerable Geshe-la’s remarkable new book “How to Understand the Mind” from Gen-la Khyenrab at the International Fall Festival.
More detailed information about the Festival including program, fees and accommodation is now available online at kadampafestivals.org/fall
Today we celebrate the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma by Buddha Shakyamuni, when he gave teachings on the Four Noble Truths to his close disciples at Sarnath. Through the kindness of Buddha, holy Dharma appeared in this world, benefiting generation after generation, providing hope for those with no refuge, and guidance for those seeking liberation from suffering and full enlightenment of Buddhahood. Through the power of our virtuous activities and our prayers, may holy Dharma always remain in this world.
Today we also celebrate the birthday of our dearly loved Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. We dedicate all merit to Venerable Geshe-la’s continued long life, good health and the success of all his activities. Out of immeasurable kindness he has revealed the path to liberation and enlightenment, so we now have the opportunity to experience real happiness and freedom from suffering. By taking his advice to heart may we be able to fulfil his perfect vision of bringing Dharma to every country throughout the world.
In the morning at breakfast, and in the Festival cafes, Sangha friends from around the world were still enthusiastically discussing the beautiful teachings received the day before. We were all eagerly awaiting the remaining teachings on how to rely upon our Wisdom Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.
The Temple was filled with golden light this morning. The sunlight streaming through the lantern tower illuminated swathes of yellow robes in the front rows creating a radiant glow in front of Gen-la.
Empowerment day! A palpable feeling of anticipation and excitement pervades the dining marquee as people gather for breakfast. The sun is shining and the birdsong in the woods provides a perfect background to the animated conversations.