Spring Festival 2023 Day 1 Part 2
May 27, 2023
For the ordained Sangha of the New Kadampa Tradition, the Spring Festival pilgrimage always begins a day early with the ordination ceremony.
Kadampas from all over the Northeast descended upon the Temple for World Peace in Glen Spey for their annual Dharma Celebration.
This year, Kadam Morten Clausen, the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU, granted the blessing empowerment of Buddha Manjushri and taught the practice of self-generation.
Last weekend people from all over Chile gathered to receive Dorje Shugden empowerment and teachings from Gen Kelsang Sangden, National Spiritual Director for Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia & Chile.
This weekend, the Southern UK Dharma Celebration taught by Kadam Bridget Heyes, UK National Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, was hosted at KMC London.
At this year’s New Zealand Dharma Celebration, Gen Kelsang Rabten granted the empowerment of Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification and gave teachings on how to purify negative karma by relying on Vajrasattva. The celebration was hosted by Kadampa Meditation Centre Auckland.
Last weekend on the West coast of Europe, in the charming city of Sintra, the Portugal National Festival organised by Kadampa Meditation Center Deuachen was held at the forth Kadampa Temple for World Peace.
Gen-la Kelsang Thubten granted the empowerment of Buddha Prajnaparamita during the festival and provided commentary to the Yoga of Great Mother practice and meditations on emptiness from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s book The New Heart of Wisdom. The importance of engaging in the meditation on emptiness was emphasized throughout the festival.
“Whenever I turn to the Liberating Prayer it is like a wisdom realignment”. The Liberating Prayer, composed by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, is recited at the beginning of teachings, meditations, and prayers in Kadampa Buddhist Centers throughout the world. To this day this prayer has inspired thousands of meditators globally.
The Mid-Atlantic Dharma Celebration 2023 was held at KMC Maryland. Kadam Morten, National Spiritual Director for Eastern USA granted the blessing empowerment of Buddha Amitayus and gave inspiring teachings on this practice.
This year’s Austrian Dharma celebration held April 14 – 16th 2023 with Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang, National Spiritual Director for Italy, Austria and Switzerland, was an unforgettable weekend with participants from all over Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Last weekend Gen Kelsang Dragpa, the National Spiritual Director of the Nordic region, granted the empowerment of Buddha Prajnaparamita and gave commentary to the practice at this year’s Swiss Dharma Celebration.