Courses, Events & Retreats

Meditation Courses

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Dealing with Loss and Change

~ Day course with Kadam John McBretney at Heruka KMC

Sat 7 December, 10am - 4pm

The people and things we hold onto and worry about are in a state of constant change. By contemplating Buddha’s teachings on life, death and rebirth we can discover

how to live within the experience of the truth of impermanence. In this way we can learn to reduce our mental clinging and begin to relax, let go and enjoy life to the full in the midst of change.

£35 (Includes vegetarian lunch and refreshments | Free for members)

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A Life Without Stress

~ Half-day course at Heruka KMC

Sat 14 December, 10am - 1pm

Stress and irritation are endemic in our busy, fast paced life. We tend to think that situations or people in our life are the causes of our stress or unhappiness,

so we then spend a lot of time mentally trying to figure out how to fix those situations or people, which often just makes our mind busier. Buddha taught that all our unhappiness, stress and irritation comes from our mind – specifically from our unrealistic expectations and our exaggerated views of ourself, people around us and the world in general. By learning to identify the actual causes of stress and unhappy thoughts we can begin to understand how to become free from them. On this course we will explore special ways of thinking and meditations that heal the mind of the source of these problems.

Fee: £25 (Includes refreshments) | Free for members


Teachings on Tantra: The Blissful Path

~ At Heruka KMC with Kadam John McBretney

Sun 15 Dec. Teaching 10.30am to 12.30pm. Followed by Christmas vegetarian potluck lunch from 12.45pm

Everyone is welcome to the potluck lunch. You can bring your favourite vegetarian dish – entrée, salad, dessert, bread, drinks, whatever you like.

Please book your space in advance so that we know how many people to expect. Friends and family are welcome!

Teaching: £10 | Free for members
Lunch: free


New Year's Eve Celebration

~ Begin 2020 with a Positive mind

31 December 2019, 9pm - Midnight 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!

Fee: £20 (includes vegetarian buffet) | Half price for members

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The Mirror of Dharma with Additions

~ Winter Retreat 2020 with Kadam John McBretney

Special Retreat on the Oral Instructions of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Friday 3 January: Introduction

4-10 January (Week 1): Training in Contemplation
In week 1 the retreat focuses on training in contemplation as explained in Part One of The Mirror of Dharma with Additions. 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.

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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

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

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