Courses, Events & Retreats

Meditation Courses


New Year's Eve Celebration

~ Begin 2020 with a Positive mind

31 December 2019, 9pm - 12:15 with Kadam John McBretney at Heruka KMC

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and start the New Year with a peaceful, positive mind and a loving heart. This special event is also a wonderful opportunity for making our resolutions for the New Year heartfelt and effective. Enjoy a delicious vegetarian buffet and non-alcoholic drinks in good company and be inspired by prayers and guided meditation. Bring your friends and family too. Everyone is welcome!

Tickets: £20 (Includes vegetarian buffet) Half price for members


New Year Retreat 2020

~ Guided by Kadam John McBretney at Heruka KMC

The Mirror of Dharma with Additions ~ Special Retreat on the Oral Instructions of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Friday 3 January: Introduction 7.15 - 8.45pm

4-10 January (Week 1): Training in Contemplation
The retreat will begin with training in the special instructions presented in the Introduction, including how to make progress in training in contemplation, followed by training in the three principal aspects of the path – renunciation, bodhichitta, and correct view of emptiness – according to Je Tsongkhapa.

11-17 January (Week 2): Training in Meditation
In week 2 the focus is on oral instructions to make our meditations effective and the special sequence of 15 meditations explained in Part Two of The Mirror of Dharma with Additions through which we can solve our daily problems of the delusions, make our human life happy and meaningful, and ultimately attain the fully enlightened state for the benefit of everyone.

£50 one week / £100 two weeks (includes Introduction)
£8 a day / £3 a session / £8 Introduction

All sessions are free for members
Vegetarian lunch £2.50 (applies to members and non-members), book at the Centre


Learn to Meditate

~ Half-day Course in Crouch End

Saturday 18 January, 10am - 1pm

Through meditation we can calm our mind, reduce stress and develop a more positive approach to life. On this course we will learn basic meditation techniques and how we can use these at home and in our daily life. By putting this into practice we will come to experience for ourself the inner peace and happiness that comes from meditation. Everyone welcome!

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)


Letting Go of Feeling Hurt

~ Half-day course with Kadam John McBretney at Heruka KMC

Saturday 25 January, 10am - 1pm

The key to letting go of feeling hurt is to stop identifying with the painful feelings. Instead of thinking ‘I am hurt, we can think ‘Painful feelings are temporarily arising in my mind’. Painful feelings will eventually subside, revealing the true nature of our mind which is clarity and peace. By identifying with this peace we can learn to look at unhappy feelings, seeing how they arise and cease, without being caught up in them. In this way we can find true inner freedom. Everyone welcome!

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)


The New Guide To Dakini Land

~ New book on Teacher Training Programme

Starting 19 Jan 2020

Everyone welcome to join!
Sundays: 10am - 12noon, 12.45pm - 2.15pm at Heruka KMC with Kadam John McBretney

This is a wonderful opportunity to study and practise Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s oral instructions of the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Vajrayogini. By integrating these practices into our daily life we can transform every moment of our life into the path to enlightenment. This is extremely rare good fortune to be able to become a Tantric enlightened being in the modern world within this life.

Kadam John is the Resident Teacher of Heruka KMC and has been studying, practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for more than 25 years. Kadam John has received oral teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche over a long time and he incorporates many inspiring aspects of these teachings into the study programmes that he teaches.

If you have any questions about TTP or wish to join please contact Heruka KMC’s Education Programme Coordinator on 020 8455 7563, or email epc@meditateinlondon.org


Meditations for a Kind Heart

~ Half-day Retreat at Heruka KMC

Saturday 22 February, 10am - 1pm

A kind heart is a special mental attitude that cherishes other people at least as much as we cherish ourselves. By engaging in the meditations introduced in this short guided retreat it will help us to develop greater peace of mind, happiness and to improve our relationships through the healing power of cherishing others. Everyone welcome!

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)

Everyone Welcome!

These courses are open to everyone and cover a wide range of practical, profound and inspiring topics. Each session includes guided meditation, a talk and a chance to ask questions.

"If we want to experience true, lasting happiness, we need to learn the secret of inner peace by meditating.” 

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso