Summer Festival 2019
Mixing Kadam Dharma with our heart
"In order to benefit countless mother beings, first we need to accomplish refuge."
What is retreat?
Why do retreat?
Day 2 of the retreat, Day 13 of the Festival! With just a couple of days remaining naturally our thoughts turn to returning home, and how we can keep the magic of the Festival alive in our hearts when the realities of our normal daily life re-emerge.
We are learning that the best way to carry the essence of the teachings home with us is to mix them deeply with our heart in retreat. And in this retreat Gen-la Kunsang is leading us gently but powerfully to this experience.
My First Festival
There is nothing in this world that compares with the feeling of holy Kadam Dharma becoming one with our mind. It's a gradual process that we experience session by session, day by day as the meaning of the Oral Instructions becomes part of the fabric of our mind. The blessing is unbelievably powerful and the transformative effect on the way we think, feel and behave extraordinary.
As we file out of the Temple at the end of each session the inner peace in the hearts of our fellow retreaters is palpable. It is such a privilege to be sharing this experience with so many sincere and good-hearted people from all over the world.
But in truth there are no words to describe the benefits of the special sequence of the International Festivals - empowerment, teachings retreat. You have to experience it for yourself, and once you do you will want to experience it over and over again.
And the next opportunity to enjoy this unique experience is at the 2019 International Fall Festival in Arizona in September.