30 July 2019

Summer Festival 2019

Day 4

Everyone equally and without exception

We pray sincerely,
"May i show a good example by keeping Dharma in my heart.”

Festival life

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Festival for Families - Festival for all

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The Juice Bar

Children's tent

On another day of extraordinary teachings on The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra from
Gen-la Dekyong, we are reminded of the universality of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's Dharma. As it says in the special prayer of request we recite at the beginning and end of Festivals, Guru Tsongkhapa gives holy Kadam Dharma to everyone equally and without exception.

My First Festival

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Jing Chen

Germany

"I'm with my whole family here. There are lots of children’s activities and so many children from different countries. Even without speaking the same language they can play together. It’s really wonderful."

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the warm welcome given to families at the Festival.

The Children's Tent is the epicenter of a range of fun activities throughout the day laid on by qualified Kadampa volunteers. Activities that make full use of the 70 acres of wooded grounds at Manjushri KMC.

There is also a video link in the main building where families with young children can watch the Teachings and join in the meditations. Children who wish can learn a lot about Dharma at the Festivals in very natural ways, not least through associating with so many children from different countries.

There are so many things for families to enjoy including guided tours of the Kadampa Art Studio, where the children get to see how the Buddha statues are made.

And let's not forget fun on the beach and walks along the coastal path to pick the early berries of fall.

There are now many older children who have been coming with their parents for years and who are happy to return each year for a holiday with a difference.

Listen to 5 minutes of wisdom

Staying in the presence of Je Tsongkhapa

What people are saying

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Eliza Osher

Mexico

"It’s so beautiful because I know my daughter is participating in healthy and heart-warming activities each day that are good for her and her spiritual growth. It feels so safe here, and that’s such a blessing. We can just put our bags down and exhale!"

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Gavin

Ireland

"I really like coming here. It’s not just the activities, but meeting loads of new people and learning a lot about Buddhism. It’s absolutely amazing so far."

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Martin

Hong Kong

"It’s my first time here and I’m making new friends and enjoying the activities like the forest games - playing wolf weasels and mice! Yesterday we did origami, making fishes. I love it here and next year I think I’ll come back. "