Summer Festival 2015: Day 16

In accordance with the wishes of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso the festival concluded with a special presentation of the Life of Buddha on DVD. This play, inspired by Venerable Geshe-la and his teachings, visually captures the essence of Buddha Shakyamuni’s life. Based on the twelve principal deeds of Buddha, it shows in a clear and … Read more

Summer Festival 2015: Day 15

Final Retreat Day on Vajrayogini This is the final full day of the Summer Festival 2015. Tomorrow Saturday the Festival will conclude with the annual screening of The Life of Buddha. The Festival is winding down, slowly dissolving back into the emptiness from which it arose a mere two weeks ago.The taxis are lining up … Read more

Festival de verano 2015: Día 14

Segundo día de retiro de Vajrayoguini En las sesiones de hoy nos concentramos en el mandala corporal de Vajrayoguini. Guen Ananda ha ido presentando poquito a poco esta profunda práctica, haciendo que construyamos en cada sesión un mayor entendimiento de la misma. Esta práctica, tan sutil y extensa, puede parecer complicada, pero guen Ananda nos … Read more

Summer Festival 2015: Day 14

Second Retreat Day on Vajrayogini The focus for today’s sessions are the body mandala of Vajrayogini. Gen Ananda presents this profound practice a little bit at a time, building up our understanding with each session. This subtle and extensive practice can seem complicated, but Gen Ananda encourages us all to meditate on it in a … Read more

Summer Festival 2015: Day 13

First Day of Retreat on Vajrayogini Quick Path to Great Bliss After the power of the empowerments and the impact of the commentary, it’s time to shift gears. It’s time to create the space to absorb into the rich beauty of Vajrayogini’s sadhana and gain actual experience, actually taste the liberating quality of the practice. … Read more

Summer Festival 2015: Day 12

It was another gorgeous start to a day at Manjushri KMC: thousands of practitioners enjoying Quick Path to Great Bliss prayers together in the World Peace Temple. It is so powerful to be engaging in this practice together with so many other Kadampas. Throughout the day we received more precious commentary from Gen-la Dekyong on … Read more

Summer Festival 2015: Day 11

It was an extraordinary sight in the Temple early this morning, with thousands of people engaging in Quick Path to Great Bliss prayers. The melodious sound of thousands of voices singing together with faith pervaded the Priory and grounds! From then on the day kept getting better, with Gen-la Dekyong illuminating the instructions of Vajrayogini … Read more

Summer Festival 2015: Day 10

This morning as we entered the Temple to receive the Empowerment, eyes were drawn to the Vajrayogini Empowerment shrine where the offerings looked exquisite; an abundance of redcurrants, plump cherries, delicate petit fours and dark red flowers were laid out on satin cloth and gold lace. Gen-la Dekyong began the ceremony by explaining that Buddha … Read more

Summer Festival 2015: Day 9

Assembly of Good Fortune 3500 people from all over the world gathered together in the World Peace Temple, the largest gathering since Venerable Geshe-la last taught here in 2009. As General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Dekyong said it was truly an assembly of good fortune as together we received the rare and precious Empowerment of Heruka … Read more

Summer Festival 2015: Day 7

The Lake District showed off today with the most glorious sunny warm weather. On this postcard perfect day, Buddhists from all over the world relaxed and recharged and thousands more began to arrive for the second week of the Summer Festival. Many wandered out into the beautiful Cumbrian countryside with packed lunches whilst others descended … Read more