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How to Stop Overthinking

Saturday 18 May 2024, 10am to 1.15pm

At Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Golders Green

With Kadam John McBretney

Do you find it hard to quieten your mind and just let go? While we all need to think – to reflect, understand and make decisions – sometimes we can end up overthinking. Our thoughts become repetitive, negative, unclear or stuck.  We find it hard to ‘switch off’, which can be exhausting and unproductive.

Buddha’s insight into the nature and function of the mind can help. Certain meditations in particular can help us to balance our thoughts and feel calmer as we navigate our busy, modern world with all its stress and stimulation.

You will discover how to:

  • Identify unhelpful thoughts
  • Gain mental clarity and freedom
  • Protect your mind from stress, worry and anxiety

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


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.


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Post-Spring Festival Guided Retreat

Accomplishing the Great Power and Joy of the Wisdom Dharma Protector

At Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre

With Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney

8 - 9 June 2024

This meditation retreat will follow the empowerment and teachings given at the International Spring Festival 2024 by Gen-la Jampa.

We will make a special connection with the enlightened Buddha, Dorje Shugden, who is the Dharma Protector of our tradition. Through this connection Dorje Shugden will dispel obstacles to our spiritual practice and create the conditions necessary for us to attain spiritual realisations.

The retreat teacher, Kadam John McBretney, has been practising Kadampa Buddhism for 30 years.

This in-person retreat is suitable for all levels –  Everybody is welcome.

Lunch is available each day for £5.


Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June
Session 1: 9am - 10.15am
Session 2: 11.15am - 12.30pm
Session 3: 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Session 4: 4:45pm - 6.00pm

The retreat is free for members.


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Relaxing Retreat and Summer BBQ

Saturday 15 June 2024

Heruka KMC, Golders Green

Enjoy a relaxing retreat with simple and enjoyable guided meditations, suitable for all.

Then enjoy a relaxing afternoon with delicious vegetarian food in the beautiful Peace Cafe and tranquil grounds of Heruka KMC in the company of community, friends and family.

Great opportunity for friends and family to get to know Heruka Centre.

Everybody welcome!

Relaxing retreat, two sessions: 10am to 12.30pm

Summer BBQ: 1pm to 4pm

Retreat £12

BBQ Adults £10
BBQ under 16s £5
BBQ under 12s Free


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Thirty-five Confession Buddhas Purification Practice

Sunday 23 June 2024

10am to 2.30pm

At Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre, Golders Green

Special Event

In his precious text, The Bodhisattva Vow, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says,

"In our previous lives, while under the influence of deluded minds, we created a great deal of negative karma, and we also transgressed our commitments and incurred root and secondary downfalls. As a result, we now experience difficulties in developing faith and conviction in Dharma, and in making progress on the stages of the path to enlightenment. Since these transgressions and downfalls seriously obstruct our spiritual development, it is essential that we purify them."

One of the best methods for purifying negative karma and downfalls is known as The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls, also called the Thirty-five Confession Buddha Practice.

Kadam John McBretney will give an explanation of this special purification practice and lead us in the actual practice.

We will use the prayer booklet The Bodhisattva's Confession of Moral Downfalls

and the text The Bodhisattva Vow which includes the prayers above.

For more inform about this event please email

Everybody welcome!


  • Session 1 (Explanation of the Practice) - 10am - 12pm
  • Lunch - 12pm - 1pm
  • Session 2 (Actual Purification Practice) - 1pm - 2.15pm



Free for Silver, Gold & Platinum members. Become a member.

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