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The Magic of Meditation

~ Oral Transmissions of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Sat 19 October, 10am - 4pm

This is a special opportunity to receive oral transmissions of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's latest book, The Mirror of Dharma, following the NKT-IKBU international Fall Festival at the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA. The course will include new advice about how we can make our meditations effective by filling the treasury of our mind with the jewels of Dharma.
Everybody welcome.

£35 (Includes vegetarian lunch)


Tantra – Harness the Hidden Power of Your Mind

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

Sat 26 October, 10am - 1pm

Tantra is a special purification method, and if we put it into practice we will very quickly attain enlightenment. Our world does not exist from its own side; like a dream world, it is a mere appearance to our mind – a mere projection of our mind. Because of this, when our mind is impure our world is impure, and when our mind becomes pure through purification practice our world becomes pure. When we completely purify our mind through Tantric practice, our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities also become completely pure – this is the state of enlightenment. Attaining enlightenment is therefore very simple; all we need to do is apply effort to purifying our mind. Everyone welcome!

£25 (Includes refreshments)

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Relax and De-sress

~ Half-day Course with Kadam John McBretney in Blackheath

Sat 2 November, 10am - 1pm

Stress, frustration and anger are common experiences in modern life. These painful states of mind can easily arise when we encounter challenging situations and difficult people. If anger is not recognised early on it becomes a poison that destroys our happiness and can interfere with our relationships.

This revealing half-day course will introduce several methods for recognising, reducing and finally removing this destructive habit from our mind, helping us to experience the peace and freedom that we all long for.

£25 for 'Relax and De-stress' (2 Nov in Blackheath)
£40 for both 'Relax and De-stress' (2 Nov in Blackheath) and 'Overcoming Worry and Anxiety' (23 Nov in Greenwich)
(Free for members)

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Prajnaparamita Empowerment

~ Buddha's Perfection of Wisdom with Kadam John McBretney at Heruka KMC

Sat 16 November, 10.30am to 4.30pm

This empowerment is a special ceremony and guided meditation in which we receive the inspiring blessings of the Great Mother Prajnaparamita, a female enlightened being who is the embodiment of Buddha’s perfection of wisdom. Receiving her blessings functions to heal our mind and to awaken our pure potential, our Buddha nature. In this way we can permanently solve our own and others’ problems, accomplish pure, everlasting happiness and make our human life truly meaningful. Everyone is welcome.

£40 (includes vegetarian lunch)

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Overcoming Worry and Anxiety

~ Half-day Course with Kadam John McBretney in Greenwich

Sat 23 November, 10am - 1pm

Anxiety, worry, fear and disappointment are states of mind that are nearly universal experiences in our busy modern life. They rob us of our ability to enjoy and experience peace of mind. Through Buddhist meditation we can learn to respond to life’s challenges with a peaceful and positive attitude. As a result all our ordinary problems will fall away and we can face life with joy, stability and profound inner peace.

£25 for 'Overcoming Worry and Anxiety' (23 Nov in Greenwich)
£40 for both 'Overcoming Worry and Anxiety' (23 Nov in Greenwich) and 'Relax and De-stress' (2 Nov in Blackheath)
(Free for members)

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How to Be Kind to Yourself 

~ Half-day course at Heruka KMC

Sat 23 November, 10am - 1pm

Buddha said that we are our own protector and that we are our own enemy. It is therefore important to learn how we are often harming ourself by thinking in ways that make us feel depressed or angry, and how we can instead start thinking in ways that uplifts our mind and makes us feel happy about ourself and others. In this way we are truly kind to ourself and we help others too.

£25 (Includes refreshments)

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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)

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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.

£25 (Includes refreshments)

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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