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Retreat on Our Precious Human Life, and Death

Friday 25 - Saturday 26 September, 2020

With Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney

During this retreat we will meditate on the great value, preciousness and rarity of our human life. This will induce in our mind a feeling of great joy, and a wish not to waste our life in meaningless activities, but to use it to free ourself permanently from suffering and problems, and to accomplish real, lasting happiness.

We will meditate on death in order to realise that this precious human life will soon be over, and we have only a limited time to make it meaningful. This will enable us to focus our life on what is most important – our spiritual development – through which we will eliminate discouragement, anxiety and stress, and make our mind peaceful, pure and really happy. Gaining experience of these two meditations is essential for our spiritual growth.

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 teachings.

Friday 25 September
Introduction: 7 - 8.30pm

Saturday 26 September
Session 1: 10 - 11am
Session 2: 12 - 1pm
Session 3: 3 - 4pm
Session 4: 5 - 6.15pm


Medicine Buddha

2020 NKT-IKBU International Fall Festival

Healing the mind ~ The supreme medicine of faith & wisdom

23 - 29 October, 2020

The International Fall Festival 2020 will be presented online from Manjushri KMC, 23 - 29 October.

Everyone is welcome to take part in this Festival whether an experienced practitioner of Buddhism or a complete beginner.

Powerful Teacher
The Teacher will be Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU. Gen-la is a powerful Teacher of many years standing who is well-known for her ability to convey the essential teachings of Buddha in a clear and accessible way ideally suited for people of this modern age.

Empowerment and teachings
Gen-la will grant the empowerment of Medicine Buddha and give heart advice on the Medicine Buddha sadhana and Medicine Buddha Prayer.

Medicine Buddha is a Buddha doctor who shows us how to heal sickness of both body and mind - a perfect practice for our time.

Most especially, Gen-la will teach how to develop the power to heal ourself and others through the supreme medicine of faith and wisdom.


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