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26 June 2023

2023 Post Summer Festival Retreats

Have you booked yours?

The three International Festivals are precious opportunities to receive teachings and empowerments from the Gen-las, and this experience is greatly enhanced if we can spend some time after the Festival in retreat improving our understanding of the teachings and taking their meaning to heart.

Post-festival retreats are organised by Kadampa centers around the world after each of the three International Festivals. See below for details of retreats following the 2023 Summer Festival.

If you have not already done so, book now for the Festival.

Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Centre

Aug 13 – 18

Enter the Pure World of Keajra!  The Practice of the Vajrayogini Body Mandala

Gen-a Kelsang Khyenrab  is a retired General Spiritual Director of the NKT, Resident Teacher at Tara IKRC and the National Spiritual Director for Canada.

During this Post-Festival retreat and guided by Gen-la Khyenrab, you will have the great opportunity of familiarising yourself with the precious body mandala practice of Vajrayogini. Je Tsongkhapa said that the attainment of spontaneous great bliss depends upon our channels and drops being blessed by Heroes and Heroines. Meditating on the body mandala enables us to receive these blessings.

Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre, Derby

Aug 13 – 19

Vajrayogini Body Mandala Retreat

Gen Kelsang Sangden, Resident Teacher in Mexico City and is the National Spiritual Director for Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia & Chile

Through Vajrayogini Body Mandala practice, our inner winds will gather and dissolve within the central channel at our heart. This will cause us to experience the clear light of bliss, the actual quick path leading to Buddhahood. On this one week retreat, we will be compassionately and gently guided by Gen Kelsang Sangden who has deep experience of this practice over many years training.

Kailash International Retreat Centre, Torbel

Aug 13 – 17

How to effortlessly benefit others by attaining the Union of Heruka

with Gen Kelsang Rabten, Resident Teacher of KMC Leeds and National Spiritual Director of Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia

Following the Summer Festival at Manjushri KMC, Gen Kelsang Rabten will guide a retreat based on these teachings. Through qualified meditations we will have an opportunity to deepen and extend our compassion to all living beings and gain familiarity with the profound Tantric practices of Heruka Body Mandala and thereby draw closer to the state of the Union of Heruka.

Sunday, August 13 – Thursday, August 17

Kadampa Meditation Centre Spain, Malaga

Aug 13 – 20

KMC Spain – Temple for World Peace in Málaga

The Magic of Self-generation, The Practice of The Yoga of Buddha Heruka

With Kadam Morten Clausen, the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the NKT and Resident Teacher at the KMC NY.

Based on teachings from the Summer Festival at Manjushri KMC, Kadam Morten will guide a seven days retreat focused on the Yoga of Buddha Heruka. Occasionally, we will use New Essence of Vajrayana, so we can practice Instantaneous Self-generation, three bringings, and offerings to self-generation. The main emphasis will be on training in divine pride and clear appearance. This will be suitable for all levels of practitioner.

KMC Madrid in La Sierra

Aug 14 – 19

KADAM LAMRIM, The complete path to enlightenment

with Gen Kelsang Chogka, Spain and Portugal Spiritual National Director and Resident Teacher in KMC Malaga.
Based on teachings from the Summer Festival at Manjushri KMC, Gen Chokga will guide a 6 days retreat.

International Kadampa Retreat Centre, Menorca

Aug 14 – 27

The Pure Land of Lamrim

With Gen Kelsang Ganden, Resident Teacher of Kadampa Heruka Buddhist Center in Alicante (Spain)

Based on the teachings of the Summer Festival at Manjushri KMC, Gen Ganden will lead a five-day retreat, based on the practice of Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment, the heart of Kadampa Buddhism, which is a special presentation of the Buddha’s teachings that are integrated easily into modern daily life.

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The Pure Land of Keajra

With Guen Kelsang Dargyey, resident teacher at the IKRC of Menorca (Spain)

Based on the teachings of the Summer Festival at Manjushri KMC, Guen Dargyey will lead this five-day retreat, based on the practices of the tantric deities Heruka and Vajrayogini, the heart of Supreme Yoga Tantra. With these practices we can quickly reach the state of Buddha, since they are the fast path to enlightenment. They are also the method of bringing the ultimate state of Buddhahood to the path and purifying our body, environment, enjoyments, and activities.

Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Pocklington

Aug 13 – 19

Drawing Closer to Guru Heruka: The Meditations of Heruka Body Mandala

with Gen Kelsang Ananda, the National Spiritual Director for NKT-IKBU in Germany, Romania and Slovenia.

This Post-International Summer Festival retreat will provide a wonderful opportunity to discover or dive deeper into the blessed practice of Heruka Body Mandala. Learn how to relax and enjoy this special practice with guidance and inspiration from Gen Kelsang Ananda in the blessed environment of Madhyamaka KMC.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Deuachen, Portugal

Aug 16 – 20

First Steps to Happiness – The Essence of the Lamrim Teachings

with Gen Kelsang Drime, Resident Teacher at KMC Brazil

Following the NKT International Summer Festival, Gen Kelsang Drime will come to Kadampa Temple in Sintra, Portugal to guide a retreat based on the teachings and commentaries given.

The teachings of Gen Kelsang Drime will be in Portuguese.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Montreal

Sep 1 – 4

The New Essence of Vajrayana

With Gen Kelsang Chögyan, Resident Teacher of KMC Montreal

Out of his great kindness, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche understood that practitioners of this modern world needed a Heruka body mandala sadhana that would not have many words, but still be easy to understand and practise. He therefore prepared New Essence of Vajrayana, the very essence of Heruka body mandala, based on instructions from previous great Teachers. In this retreat, Gen Chögyan will be guiding us through the essential meditations of this practice, so we can gain familiarity with each and every step of this precious sadhana, which was made for us.

A Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment is necessary to attend this retreat.

Kadampa Meditation Center Mexico, Mexico City

Aug 18 – 20

Post International Summer Festival retreat 2023

With Gen Kelsang Namdrol, resident teacher of KMC Colombia

In this guided weekend retreat, we will have the opportunity to meditate on the teachings received at the 2023 International Summer Festival on the Kadam Lamrim Stages of Sutra and Tantra.

Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre, Thornby Hall

Aug 14 – 17

The Lamrim of Tantra

with Gen Kelsang Lhachog, Resident Teacher at KMC Manchester

A relaxing weekend based on the teachings from the International NKT-IKBU Summer Festival. Suitable for all levels of experience with Highest Yoga Tantra empowerment,. This is a perfect opportunity for those who couldn’t attend the festival to receive the benefit of these fresh instructions, or for those who attended to deepen their experience. In  a beautiful, natural environment.

Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado

Aug 25 – 28

Practicing the Union of Sutra and Tantra

With Kadam Lucy James, Resident Teacher of KMC Colorado

Location: Highlands Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center
1306 Business Highway 7 POB 66, Allenspark, CO 80510

Based on the teachings of the Summer Festival at Manjushri KMC with the Gen-las, Kadam Lucy will guide a 3-day retreat on the practice of Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment, and how to integrate this into the practice of Tantra.

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