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How to Stay Positive when Feeling Overwhelmed

Half-day course with Kadam John McBretney

Sat 11 July, 10am - 1pm

Find out how to relax and enjoy life by using Buddha’s wisdom to change the way we deal with impossible situations and people and the seemingly unmanageable circumstances of our life itself.

If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind. Therefore, if we want to be happy all the time and to be free from problems, we must develop and maintain a peaceful mind. Sufferings, problems, worries, unhappiness and pain all exist within our mind; they are all unpleasant feelings, which are part of the mind.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. How to Transform Your Life

Learn how to stay positive and peaceful, free from anxiety, frustration and stress, when overwhelmed by things going wrong.



2020 NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival

The Joy of a Kadampa Life

24 July - 8 August, 2020

WEEK 1: Buddha Amitayus Empowerment and teachings on The New Eight Steps to Happiness with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong.

WEEK 2: Buddha Green Tara Empowerment and teachings on Advice from Atisha’s Heart with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

The 2020 Online Summer Festival
is a special opportunity to receive teachings and engage in meditations of Kadampa Buddhism online over a two-week period.

You can choose to join in week 1, week 2 or both weeks. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, nationality or experience.

It is a truly international event with thousands of people participating from all over the world who all share a common wish to improve themselves and their world through inner development.

Modern Kadampa Buddhism
Organised by NKT-IKBU, the Festival provides an inspiring introduction to the methods of modern Kadampa Buddhism.

You will learn how to integrate the compassion and wisdom of Buddha into your daily life, empowering you to transform yourself, your life and your world.

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The Power of Loving Kindness

14 - 16 August, 2020

With Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney

A wonderful opportunity to join the on-line meditation retreat on the teachings of The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche from the 2020 International NKT Summer Festival.

Kadam John McBretney will guide profound and practical meditations for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights and for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both ourself and others.

The retreat is suitable for both complete beginners and advanced practitioners, and will enable everyone to improve and deepen their experience of happiness using Buddha’s wisdom and compassion.


In-depth study programme

The New Heart of Wisdom on Foundation Programme (FP)

Wednesdays 7 - 9pm, with Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney

The Benefits of studying The New Heart of Wisdom

  • Receive profound teachings from Buddha’s heart
  • Understand the relationship between our mind and our world
  • Learn a special method for overcoming difficulties in daily life
  • Remove obstacles to realising our full potential

This book reveals the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings – the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras. The author shows how all our problems and suffering come from our ignorance of the nature of things, and how we can abandon this ignorance and come to enjoy pure, lasting happiness through a special wisdom associated with compassion for all living beings.

If you would like to buy The New Heart of Wisdom, please visit the Tharpa UK website.

If you have any questions about FP or wish to join please contact Heruka KMC’s Education Programme Coordinator: epc@meditateinlondon.org

FAQs about meditation courses

Everyone is welcome

"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