Kadampa Buddhism

The New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Health, happiness and harmony

Health, happiness and harmony

Today is the last day of the Festival and, as is customary, we concluded with a viewing of the video of The Life of Buddha. As Venerable Geshe-la says in his talk at the end, this is not an ordinary play but a correct direction we should take if we want to accomplish the real … Read more Continue Reading

Retreat – the icing on the cake

Retreat – the icing on the cake

Today we enjoyed the first full day of retreat on the Yoga of Buddha Amitayus. It is such a privilege to be able to spend time with so many sincere meditators taking the teachings to heart and mixing our mind with their meaning. The retreat is led by Gen Kelsang Chogka, the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual … Read more Continue Reading

Discovering the real meaning of inner peace

Discovering the real meaning of inner peace

‘Inspiring’, ‘Refreshing’, ‘Relaxing,’ ‘Profound’. We asked people what their experience of the Festival has been and these are just a few of the universally positive responses we received. The extraordinary empowerments, teachings and meditations have taken us to a place of profound inner peace. And the kindness, joy and inspiring company of everyone attending the … Read more Continue Reading

Creating a pure world through Kadam lojong

Creating a pure world through Kadam lojong

Today Gen-la began teaching Kadam lojong, which is part of Kadam lamrim, based on Venerable Geshe-la’s book,The New Eight Steps to Happiness. By relying on the practices of lojong, or training the mind, we can solve all our daily problems and complete the path to enlightenment. Gen-la emphasized that these are not two different processes … Read more Continue Reading

The oral instruction of the Yoga of Buddha Amitayus

The oral instruction of the Yoga of Buddha Amitayus

Today Gen-la gave a brief commentary to the precious practice of the Yoga of Buddha Amitayus, which Venerable Geshe-la himself composed many years ago before coming to the West. Gen-la said that Venerable Geshe-la told him that this practice is a precious oral instruction. This sadhana includes all the essential practices of generation and completion … Read more Continue Reading

Entering the magical path of Tantra

Entering the magical path of Tantra

This afternoon Gen-la Khyenrab demonstrated the liberating and creative power of meditation on emptiness as he guided us through the stages of the Amitayus empowerment. Once we realize that everything is merely appearance to mind, we can abandon ordinary, impure appearances and through the power of correct imagination generate ourself as a completely pure being … Read more Continue Reading

A beautiful dream begins

A beautiful dream begins

Last night Gen-la Khyenrab introduced the Fall Festival with a clear and practical explanation of Buddhist view, intention and practice. Gen-la emphasised the importance of developing sincere refuge in Buddha by contemplating his teachings again and again until our mind changes and we gain actual realisations. This is the key to pure Buddhist practice. In … Read more Continue Reading

An auspicious event at a very auspicious place

An auspicious event at a very auspicious place

Seeing this idyllic place thronging with enthusiastic festival goers we cannot help but remember that auspicious day in 2011 when Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche flew to Portugal to choose the site for the new Temple. And the magical day two years later when Venerable Geshe-la returned to open and bless the completed Temple, and … Read more Continue Reading

Travelling the globe for Kadam Dharma

Travelling the globe for Kadam Dharma

Hard on the heels of her extraordinary empowerments and teachings at the Summer Festival, Gen-la Dekyong’s trip to Switzerland, Germany and Australia is a powerful illustration of how hard this precious Teacher works to spread Kadam Dharma throughout the modern world. On the last leg of her tour, in Brisbane, Gen-la opened the new City … Read more Continue Reading

Festival countdown – Just 3 days to go

Festival countdown – Just 3 days to go

As you can see the final set up and cleaning is well under way thanks to the unflinching efforts of the local volunteers in Sintra. A big thanks to everyone who has helped over the last few weeks to make the Festival site so welcoming. Please enjoy these delightful photos taken by our intrepid 12-year … Read more Continue Reading

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