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26 January 2020

Celebrating Guru Heruka ~ part 1

This weekend, Kadampa centers around the world celebrated Guru Heruka with special events, retreats, courses and pujas. We will feature these over the next few days, beginning with the auspicious weekend at KMC Stockholm with Gen-la Dekyong.

After the beautiful opening ceremony the previous evening, Gen-la began Heruka Day at the new center with a day course transmitting the essential oral instruction of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's book The Mirror of Dharma with Additions.

Gen-la gave extraordinary, profound teachings on every aspect of the spiritual path together with practical instructions on how to meditate in a way that touches our heart.

We don't need more teachings, we need to practice the teachings we have already received.

She helped us to appreciate the value of Dharma - how we need it to be peaceful and happy - and she encouraged us to show the value of Dharma through our example and through our dedication to benefitting others. And in particular through activities to support this newly arisen centre - which are not ordinary activities but an integral part of our spiritual practice.

In this way we can encourage ourself and develop a practice that gives rise to an experience of deep happiness and forever changes us, others and the world around us.

Our refuge is not Dharma knowledge; it is Dharma experience.

In the evening many people stayed for Offering to the Spiritual Guide with Gen-la. There was so much joy and laughter bringing this new centre alive. A perfect beginning!

See after the photo gallery for what people said:

What people said
“I felt inspired that we can all become living Buddhas and that we need to take the time to understand the purpose of our meditations so that we can contemplate and find the object in our heart then meditate on it.”

“It was powerful. I’m very new to this tradition so some of these topics blew me away. Especially teachings on emptiness. I want to keep contemplating the sentence  ‘Yogi’s negate the self’ with a wish to understand”.

“I take from the Mirror of Dharma that it really needs to touch our heart. We can’t be parrots. We need to be honest with ourselves.”

"I’m not a Buddhist but I felt so fortunate to be able to be part of something that is a once-in-a-generation opportunity - opening a centre that will last for many future generations.”

“You could feel the love and joy - Gen-la just exudes love.”