Day 1 ~ The Festival begins
Welcome to the 2020 International Spring Festival Online!
Through the great kindness of our Founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, over 5,000 people from every corner of the globe will tune in today to take part in the very first online International Kadampa Festival.
Tonight, Friday at 7.30pm UK time, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, retired General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU will introduce the Festival with a special message from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, in which Venerable Geshe-la will give precious advice on how to derive the most benefit from this auspicious event.
Why not take a few minutes now to listen to the Festival podcast below in which Gen Rabten guides us through what to look forward to at the Festival and how to make the most of this special time together.
Tomorrow, Saturday, Gen-la Khyenrab will grant the blessing empowerment of Vajrapani, the Buddha of spiritual power, followed by teachings on the practice and developing and improving compassion.
During the teachings, the meditations will be guided by Gen Kelsang Rabten and after the teachings there will be a brief retreat led by Gen Losang Kelsang.
We hope you enjoy this delicious Dharma feast!
shop for world peace
Like the Festival itself, this year the Festival shop is also online. Run by Tharpa at Manjushri KMC, it provides all the books and sadhanas you will need for the Festival and beyond.
This year you will also be able to purchase the new miniature statues of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and Buddha Vajrapani, as well as new Kadampa bells, and many other items. And don't forget your 2020 Festival T-shirt!
All proceeds from the Festival Shop go towards building Temples for World Peace.
As you can see, the chapel hall at Manjushri has been transformed into a warehouse from which all your orders will be fulfilled.
international kadampa family online
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Kelsang Ani, Australia
Kelsang Damcho, Mexico
I am looking forward to receiving the powerful blessings and inspiring advice of the Festival. Now that we cannot go there it feels like Manjushri is coming to us.
My name is Gilles and I attend Kadampa Meditation Center France.
Seeing the world around me, I am so eager to grow in compassion, and I know that Vajrapani will be able to pacify many obstacles if we rely on him. I hope we can all connect with this wisdom at this Spring Festival!
I’m excited to go to Spring Festival to receive profound teachings and also to fulfill my Gurus wish of continue coming together for festivals.
The Festivals have always surprised me - they have taught me things that I did not even imagine existed. So I am really looking forward to this year's Spring Festival.
For sure we will receive great inspiration to help us move forward on our spiritual path
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WHY WE NEED TO CONNECT WITH BUDDHA VAJRAPANI
Just as we need to remove stones and weeds from the soil if we wish cultivate external crops, so if we want to develop compassion in our heart we need to remove from it all the obstacles such as attachment, anger and ignorance.that prevent us from growing our compassion,
This is why we need the protection of Buddha Vajrapani, because he helps us to remove all these obstacles by bestowing upon us special spiritual power to do this.Our world needs more compassion. Our world needs the blessings and the spiritual power of Vajrapani.
Kadam Antonio, Portugal
THIS WORLD NEEDS COMPASSION
This world needs our compassion because so many people are hurting. Every step of our way involves some small discomfort somewhere, and no matter where we stand we can see someone among our friends or family suffering - someone stressed out, someone let down by a friend, someone struggling to keep their life on track, someone dying, others grieving.
Without understanding what compassion really is, even our wish to help them can be hard to bear. We just don’t know what to do or where to turn. We want their suffering to stop but we get distracted by the impact on ourself, and it’s so easy to feel hopeless and helpless.
It’s natural to get upset. We can feel hemmed in by problems (our own or other people’s), and witnessing suffering can tip people into anger. And then more suffering comes.
We dearly need to find true compassion, and grow it – so we can make sense of our world, and so our pure wishes can ease samsara’s pain.
Kelsang Dana, Australia