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Keeping Calm When Things Go Wrong

Saturday 24 February 2024

At Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Golders Green

With Guest Teacher, Gen Kelsang Zoma

When things go wrong, we often try to appear calm on the surface, while on the inside we are actually upset, disappointed, irritated, or even angry.

In this half-day course Gen Zoma will teach you how to move beyond frustration by understanding exactly where our problems come from and what to do when things don’t go as planned. In this way we can move forward with a light heart, with real confidence in our ability to handle whatever comes our way.

Everybody welcome!

Event Schedule

  • Registration: 9.30am - 10am
  • Session 1: 10am - 11.15am
  • Break: 11.15am - 11.45am
  • Session 2: 11.45am - 1.15pm

Teacher - Gen Kelsang Zoma

Gen Zoma is a Buddhist nun, and Resident Teacher of KMC London. She has been studying and practising meditation and Buddhism under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 25 years. She is dedicated to helping others discover the benefits of meditation and the teachings of Buddha. Through Gen Zoma’s warm and light hearted example, she shows us how to apply these teachings in our daily lives to improve our happiness, wisdom and well-being bringing benefit to ourselves and others.

This is an in-person event suitable for everybody.

The event is free for members, lunch is £5 for everybody. Become a member.

£25.00
£5.00

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THE POWER OF LOVING KINDNESS RETREAT

Saturday 9 March 2024

At Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Golders Green

With Kadam Ai Peng McBretney

“Love is the real inner protection against suffering”.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Discover the power of the mind of loving kindness.

On this retreat we will look at how we can cultivate, grow and strengthen this beautiful and beneficial mind. When our mind has the nature of love we naturally feel happy and peaceful. With such a state of mind it is impossible to become disturbed or depressed or to develop anger or jealousy. If we have love for others now and we work to bring them happiness, we ourself will definitely experience happiness in the future.

Led by Kadam Ai Peng McBretney. Includes teachings and guided meditation, with time for Q&A.
Delicious lunch available.

Everybody welcome!

Event Schedule

  • Registration - 9.30am - 10am
  • Session 1 - 10am - 11.15am
  • Break - 11.15am - 11.45am
  • Session 2 - 11.45am - 1.15pm

Teacher - Kadam Ai Peng McBretney

Kadam Ai Peng McBretney, the Resident Teacher of Duldzin Dragpa Centre, has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Through her experience of putting Buddha’s advice into practice, she presents the teachings in a clear and practical way that inspires us to develop inner peace, happiness and wisdom.

This is an in-person event suitable for everybody.

The event is free for members, lunch is £5 for everybody. Become a member.

£25.00
£5.00

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Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment

With Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney

Saturday 23 March 2024, 10.30am to 4.30pm

All of us have within us the potential for universal love and great compassion and through receiving the blessings of Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara - the embodiment of the compassion of all enlightened beings - we can ripen our limitless potential.

During this very special Saturday event, Kadam John McBretney will grant the blessing empowerment of Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion. This empowerment blesses our body, speech and mind and ripens our potential for enlightenment. In the afternoon Kadam John will give a short commentary to the practice of Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, and will guide the practice.

Avalokiteshvara's thousand arms show how his compassion protects all living beings without exception. Through receiving his blessing and protection our own compassion will grow and we will become an enlightened being like him.

What Is An Empowerment?
An empowerment is a teaching and series of guided meditations through which we make a connection with Buddha. It bestows upon us special blessings that heal our mental continuum and awaken our Buddha nature. Everyone is welcome to attend. You do not need to be a Buddhist to gain great benefit from this blessing empowerment.

Timetable
Blessing empowerment: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Vegetarian lunch
Teaching and practice: 2.30 – 4.30pm

£45 for non-members, including lunch.
50% discount for Silver members, not including lunch.
100% discount (Free) for Platinum & Gold members, not including lunch.
Lunch for members £5.
Become a member.

£45.00

£5.00

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Avalokiteshvara Fasting & Purification Retreat ~ Nyungnay

With Kadam John McBretney

Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 April 2024

This special fasting and purification retreat is performed in conjunction with the meditation practice of thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. Engaging in this retreat is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech and mind and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving the blessings of Buddha and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta.

On both days Kadam John will grant Mahayana precepts at 6.30am where we take vows to abstain from certain actions for 24 hours. Everyone attending the retreat will need to take precepts at 6.30am. For Mahayana precepts we use the sadhana called A Pure Life, available from Tharpa UK.

On the first day it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. On the second day we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. On both days, we will do three sessions of meditation, combining prostrations with chanted meditation. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can still participate in the sessions on the second day by abstaining from all meals apart from lunch.

For each session we will engage in the Drop of Essential Nectar sadhana with time for visualizations and mantra recitation as explained in the sadhana. We have some copies of the sadhana to borrow, but you might like to consider buying your own.

Session times, both days
Mahayana Precepts: 6.30 to 7.15am
Session 1: 8am – 9.15am
Session 2: 10.30am – 11.45am
Session 3: 3.00pm – 4.15pm

This is an in-person event.

Free for members. Become a member.

£20.00
£5.00

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The Transformative Power of Tantra

Saturday 27 April 2024

At Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Golders Green

With Kadam John McBretney

All of us have the potential to experience lasting peace and happiness.  To accomplish this, we need to practice Tantra, the quick path to enlightenment. Buddha’s Tantric teachings are methods that harness the imagination born from wisdom to produce powerful and profound inner transformations.

We use our imagination to begin our journey, but then through continuous training our pure imagination becomes reality.   We will become a being beyond suffering and problems, and have the ability to lead everyone to that same state. How wonderful! Find out more by joining us on this course led by Kadam John McBretney.

You will discover:

  • What Tantra is and how it works
  • The meaning of deep lasting happiness
  • Ripening your inner potential

Includes teachings and guided meditation, with time for Q&A.
Delicious lunch available.

Everybody welcome!

Event Schedule

  • Registration - 9.30am - 10am
  • Session 1 - 10am - 11.15am
  • Break - 11.15am - 11.45am
  • Session 2 - 11.45am - 1.15pm

Teacher

Kadam John McBretney has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for 30 years under the guidance of his teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Through his experience of putting Buddha’s advice into practice, he presents the teachings in a clear and practical way that inspires us to develop inner peace, happiness and wisdom.

This is an in-person event suitable for everybody.

The event is free for members. Become a member.

£25.00
£5.00


FAQs about meditation courses

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"Happiness is a part of the mind that experiences inner peace, or peace of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions."

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

"When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.” 

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso