Sep 23, 2023
International Spring Festival 2023 diaries
The Source of Happiness and Goodness
May 26 - 31 2023
A Special Commentary to The Liberating Prayer & International Refuge Vow Ceremony
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HOW WONDERFUL TO BE BACK IN THE FIRST KADAMPA TEMPLE
Day 1 ~ EVENING
OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
The temple is full of joyful chatter, then the quiet lull that comes before Gen-la Dekyong enters and the prayers begin, bringing us all together. At the front of the temple is a special shrine with a powerful, meditative Buddha Shakyamuni presiding over the festival. Everything feels very blessed, joyful and light.
The teachings start with a timeless message from our Spiritual Guide about the importance of attending festivals to maintain our tradition from generation to generation and a heartfelt welcome from Gen-la Dekyong. Gen-la’s teachings on faith are very clear, both logical and at the same time emotive and inspiring.
She encourages us to think in faithful ways so that powerful blessings pour from our Root Guru’s heart to our heart and so that we can make a deep connection with Buddha Shakyamuni. As faith in Buddha is the root of our spiritual life and all realisations, Gen-la takes time to help us understand how to develop and maintain this faith.
Of key importance is realising that temporary liberation from particular sufferings is not good enough and that Buddha is actually liberating us by revealing the liberating path of wisdom that leads to permanent freedom from all suffering. We look forward to learning more tomorrow!