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05 August 2019

Summer Festival 2019

Day 10

The books of Modern Kadampa Buddhism

“Our books, the NKT Dharma books, have the same function and nature as the Ganden Emanation Scripture, which is the nature of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri’s omniscient wisdom.”

Festival life


In the Festival bookstore


Deeply touched by the books


What I get from Geshe-la's books

Normally we think of a book as a paper or digital product containing words composed of letters, but the more the Festival progresses the more we understand that our precious Dhama books are something much more precious, and much more profound.

In reality our Dharma books are realizations in the mind of the holy Spiritual Guide that are expressed in speech and recorded as written words.

My First Festival

Jair Gomez Liliana Grande Mexico

Jaír Goméz & Liliana Grande


“I could not have imagined how incredible it is to be here. I now understand how fortunate we are to have these teachings, and they have gone deeper than before.” - Jaír

“It’s totally different to what I imagined - I’ve met so many vibrant people here from so many different walks of life. As Geshe-la has told us, we come to the festivals to practice Dharma, to meet people, to make great friends, and above all to deepen our experience of Dharma so that it touches our hearts. So thank you so much to Geshe-la for giving us this opportunity!” - Liliana

As we begin to understand the profound nature of the books we start to relate to them in a different way, reading them slowly and thoughtfully over and over, memorising their meaning, and handling them with due reverence and respect.

As the embodiment of the Spiritual Guide's profound speech, the books for us are the Spiritual Guide himself.

Throughout the Festival site we see people absorbed in Venerable Geshe-la's books, reading memorising, discussing. It could be said that they are the very lifeline of the Festival.

Look at the work of Tharpa Publications and the full impact of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's books becomes apparent. With over a million books distributed worldwide in 17 different languages, Venerable Geshe-la's books are clearly very popular.

No wonder the Tharpa store at the Festival is so popular!

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What people are saying

Kelsang Sukha France

Kelsang Sukha


“We need to consider Dharma books as our Spiritual Guide and I really believe they function like this. They are leading us on the correct path to enlightenment, so they are a wishfulfilling jewel.”

Kika Green UK

Kika Green


These are very special books. They have helped me to become less stressed and to cope better with difficult situations. In fact, they help me in with pretty much everything in my daily life"

Yann Jacqueline France

Yann Jacqueline


"When I read Venerable Geshe-la's books, I can read them ten times, or a hundred times, but each time I discover something new. They are never boring !"


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