Kadampa Buddhism

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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, Germany, Hong Kong, and even the UK! As we enthused about our flourishing Centers and Dharma activities, it was clear the Festival was already unfolding right here on the train … and that it truly is international!

Arriving at the Festival grounds, it is wonderful to see the golden vajras of the Temple and behind them the spires of Conishead Priory, home of Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. Here we are in the mother centre of the New Kadampa Tradition, our spiritual home, where Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso gave so many of his teachings.

While we have been busy travelling here, many people have been busy preparing for our arrival. Immediately we are greeted by stewards and friendly registrars, directed to the dining tent where servers hand us the food prepared by the cooks. Later we deliver the plates to the washing up crew, Temple stewards guide us to our seats etc. etc. We are truly in the web of kindness of our International Sangha, everyone altogether serving each other. With people from so many different countries gathering together, it’s clear how important and powerful are these International Festivals. Simply by attending our mind is lifted to not just an appreciation of, but an actual experience of ‘Kadampa world’ … and hence to an understanding that the good karma and virtue we create here will literally be felt around the world.

In his evening teaching, in our Kadampa Temple for World Peace, Gen-la Khyenrab skilfully encouraged us to meditate on death, renunciation and bodhichitta. People from all over the world, together in our World Peace temple, developing the wish to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings in all worlds…. Big minds and powerful actions indeed! And this is just the first day.

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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

Summer Festival Week 2 – Additional Accommodation

Summer Festival Week 2 – Additional Accommodation

Additional offsite accommodation has been reserved at the YMCA National Centre, Lakeside for the nights of Thursday 30 July – Saturday 8 August (9 nights) – must be booked for whole period. Approximately 25 minute drive from MKMC, accommodation is mainly in twin rooms with a few singles (ensuite and shared options are available). Shuttle… Continue Reading

Kids at the Festival – Feature Video

Kids at the Festival – Feature Video

Kadampa Festivals are meaningful spiritual holidays suitable for the whole family.

A volunteer-led programme of family activities suitable for children, teens and adults alike is organised daily. Check out this video to find out more about these activities. Continue Reading

Happy NKT Day 2015!

Happy NKT Day 2015!

The first Saturday in April is set aside to commemorate the founding of NKT-IKBU by Venerable Geshe Kelsang in 1991. Learn more about NKT Day… New NKT Center Search To celebrate this NKT day we would like to announce the release of a brand new NKT center search. Search over 1200 centers and branches in 40… Continue Reading

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