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Courage in times of uncertainty

Sat 27 June - Sun 28 June, 2020

With internationally renowned meditation teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab.
This special event will be streamed online and available for 48 hours after the event.

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The Power of Compassion ~ Yoga of Buddha Vajrapani Retreat

29 - 31 May, 2020

With Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney

This guided retreat will include practical meditations that are powerful and life-changing. During the retreat we will train in great compassion and spiritual power in conjunction with the Yoga of Buddha Vajrapani following the practices given during the International Kadampa Spring Festival, May 2020.

The contemplations and meditations will lead us to states of mind that give tremendous energy, peace and joy, enabling us to solve our daily life problems. Eventually, as our experience of compassion grows into universal compassion for all living beings, our compassion will draw us all to the supreme happiness of enlightenment.

The practice is short, profound and very powerful. Everyone is welcome.



Courage In Times Of Uncertainty

Sat 27 June - Sun 28 June, 2020

The internationally renowned meditation teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, will give practical methods to transform our lives – including even the most challenging and difficult situations – into inspiring examples for others. He will explain how to develop real inner courage and strength to sustain both ourselves and others through practising ancient wisdom from Buddha.

In his book, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says, ‘We need to transform whatever circumstances we meet, whether good or bad, into the spiritual path by channelling all our actions in a virtuous direction. This practice is extremely important. Those who engage in it successfully will never have to experience anxiety or discouragement but will be able to remain calm and peaceful in all situations.

Teachings available to view for 48 hours after the event.


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.


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, lasing 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