Sep 19, 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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Day 6 - Thank you
What a truly wonderful festival it has been. There was something magical and profound about how Gen-la Dekyong's teachings gradually built refuge in our minds. The refuge vows ceremony marked the pinnacle of the festival, providing an opportunity to express and refine the special dedications and promises arising in our hearts.
It really was a spiritual holiday - a respite from ordinary life and concerns. In the pure world of the festival, we had qualified teachers, sincere fellow practitioners, and work for Dharma, all united. In this environment, our spiritual life and aspirations could grow, and we found ourselves transcending our limited sense of self. Now, as we return to our homes across the globe, we carry with us blessings and pure intentions.
Our thanks to you, Venerable Geshe-la, for everything you have given and continue to give. It's extraordinary to witness the festivals becoming stronger with each passing year. As Gen-la Dekyong helped us understand, you are truly with us, and we will never forget you!
The Source of all Happiness and Goodness - Spring Festival 2023 Review
May we repay your kindness by remembering the deep meaning of the Liberating Prayer and reciting it with genuine faith. In this way, by keeping our minds focused on refuge, we hope to contribute to your vision of spreading Dharma throughout the world.
I enjoyed to contemplate that as Buddha Shakyamuni chose to help especially the people of this world in general, Venerable Geshe-la chose to especially help us, the people of the modern world.
May we dedicate ourselves to help as many people as possible to meet and benefit from his special Kadam Dharma.– Kadam OLIVIER
Thank you Venerable Geshe-la
This is our first festival. It has given me a deeper connection to Buddha. Just the experience of coming from our small centre and meeting the bigger Kadampa community has been very special. People are very kind. I’m very grateful for the experience and for all the different teachings. I’m excited for what comes next for my journey with Buddhism.– Stuart