Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says that Kadampa centers do not belong to any individuals but to all living beings. And legal and constitutional safeguards are in place to ensure this will always be the case. This means the centers are very precious. Venerable Geshe-la says that whenever we engage in an action to benefit our center we are in fact benefitting all living beings. Through such actions we accumulate vast merit, purify negativities and receive powerful blessings.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche inaugurated the annual International Kadampa Festivals to provide the international community with an opportunity to gather three times a year. He explained that these gatherings are essential for the growth and development of the International Kadampa Buddhist Union.
In a sign that things are starting to return to normal, Kadampa centers around the world are organising special events to welcome members of the public to enjoy the center in informal settings such as ‘Food for thought’, ‘Sunday Out’ and ‘Open House’. These occasions give people an opportunity to see round the center, try some meditation and enjoy a specially prepared meal or a visit to the World Peace Café. Here we share some wonderful photos from four recent events at centers in Europe.