Courses, Events & Retreats

Meditation Courses


The New Guide To Dakini Land

~ New book on Teacher Training Programme

Starting 19 Jan 2020

Everyone welcome to join!
Sundays: 10am - 12noon, 12.45pm - 2.15pm at Heruka KMC with Kadam John McBretney

This is a wonderful opportunity to study and practise Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s oral instructions of the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Vajrayogini. By integrating these practices into our daily life we can transform every moment of our life into the path to enlightenment. This is extremely rare good fortune to be able to become a Tantric enlightened being in the modern world within this life.

Kadam John is the Resident Teacher of Heruka KMC and has been studying, practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for more than 25 years. Kadam John has received oral teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche over a long time and he incorporates many inspiring aspects of these teachings into the study programmes that he teaches.

If you have any questions about TTP or wish to join please contact Heruka KMC’s Education Programme Coordinator on 020 8455 7563 or email


Letting Go Of Feeling Hurt

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

Sat 25 January, 10am - 1pm

The key to letting go of feeling hurt is to stop identifying with the painful feelings. Instead of thinking ‘I am hurt, we can think ‘Painful feelings are temporarily arising in my mind’. Painful feelings will eventually subside, revealing the true nature of our mind which is clarity and peace. By identifying with this peace we can learn to look at unhappy feelings, seeing how they arise and cease, without being caught up in them. In this way we can find true inner freedom. Everyone welcome!

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)

Amitayus - Tharpa Artwork

Amitayus Retreat

~ With Kadam John McBretney at Heruka KMC

Sat 1 Feb - Sun 2 Feb

Kadam John will guide the meditation practice of the Yoga of Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Long Life. This beautiful practice helps us to lengthen our own and others' lifespan and increase our wisdom and good fortune. With this practice, we can find meaning and happiness in our busy daily lives. It is traditional to engage in this practice early each year for the auspiciousness of the whole year. Each session consists of chanted prayers, meditations and silent mantra recitation.

Long life pills that have been blessed throughout the retreat will be distributed after the last session on the last day.

Everyone is welcome to come to one or more of the following daily sessions:

• Session 1: 10.00 - 11.15am
• Session 2: 11.45am - 1.00pm
• Session 3: 2.15 - 3.30pm

£16 for the whole weekend / £8 a day / £3 a session

All sessions are free for members


Building Inner Confidence & Self-Esteem

~ Day course with Kadam John McBretney at Heruka KMC

Sat 15 February, 10am - 4pm

On this course we will see how Buddhist wisdom offers us a different way of viewing ourself and relating to the extraordinary hidden potential we all have rather than our limitations. Building this inner confidence will naturally lead us to improve our good qualities and develop positive, happy states of mind, as well as enabling us to be a positive influence on those around us. Everyone welcome!

£35 (Includes vegetarian lunch and refreshments | Free for members)


Meditations For A Kind Heart

~ Half-day retreat at Heruka KMC

Sat 22 February, 10am - 1pm

A kind heart is a special mental attitude that cherishes other people at least as much as we cherish ourselves. By engaging in the meditations introduced in this short guided retreat it will help us to develop greater peace of mind, happiness and to improve our relationships through the healing power of cherishing others. Everyone welcome!

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)


Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment

~ Special weekend course with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Friday 28 February - Tuesday 3 March

How to Destroy the Cycle of Suffering

Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment and teachings on the Wheel of Life

Even if we contemplate deeply the most sublime paintings and works of art we cannot gain benefits that compare with the benefits of contemplating and meditating on the diagram of the Wheel of Life. This is because this diagram reveals the complete path to liberation and enlightenment.

With Dharma wisdom, if we contemplate and meditate on the meaning of this diagram we can gain many experiences and realizations of the stages of the path. We can destroy the cycle of suffering, enter into the path to liberation, abandon all delusions and learn to cherish others.


Wake Up Smiling

~ Half-day course at Heruka KMC

Sat 14 March, 10am - 1pm

Wouldn't it be great if we could simply choose not to be unhappy? On this course we can learn how to make a determined choice to follow thoughts and ideas that lead to happiness and learn how not just be led by strong negative emotional habits. In this way we can wake up with happiness everyday and know that we can always do this! Everyone is welcome.

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)


Finding Peace in a Troubled World

~ Southern Dharma Celebration 2020. Vajrasattva Empowerment

Friday 27 March - Sunday 29 March

With the world in turmoil, there is now an increasing need for methods find inner peace, purify our mind and improve our capacity to help others. Out of his compassion Buddha specifically taught the practice of Vajrasattva to help people purify their minds thus eliminating the causes of their suffering and establishing the inner peace that is the true source of happiness. During this special weekend, international meditation teacher, Kadam Bridget Heyes will grant the empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva, which is like guided meditation, and give practical teachings on how we can find peace amidst our trouble world.

Everyone is welcome.

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Healing Our Mind through Meditation

~ Vajrasattva Purification Retreat at Heruka KMC

Fri 3 April – Sun 5 April

Buddha taught that everything is created by mind. Just as our dream world is created by our subtle, dream mind, so our waking world is created by our gross, waking mind. The quality of our world depends on the quality of our mind. By purifying and healing our mind with the most powerful purification practice - the practice of Vajrasattva following the Oral Instructions - we can purify our negative karma and come to experience everything as uncontaminated with the blissful joy of a pure mind.

Everyone is welcome to come to one or more of the following daily sessions:

• Intro 7.15 to 8.45pm

• Session 1: 9-10.15pm
• Session 2: 11-12.15pm
• Wishfulfilling Jewel puja (optional): 12.30-1.15pm
• Session 3: 3-4.15pm
• Session 4: 5-6.30pm

• Session 1: 9-10.15pm
• Session 2: 11-12.30pm

Whole retreat £25, Introduction £8, Each session £4
All sessions are free for members
Vegetarian lunch £2.50 (members and non-members), book at the Centre

Comfortable shared, single and ensuite rooms may be available at Heruka KMC during this retreat. For more information and availability please email Droljang on or call 0208 455 7563.


Meditations for Relaxation

~ Half-day course at Heruka KMC

Sat 25 April, 10am - 1pm

On this short guided retreat you will learn three simple meditations to make your mind calm and peaceful. We know that when the mind is not peaceful, it is very difficult to be happy and relaxed - even if we are living in the very best conditions. When our mind is peaceful, we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience happiness and relaxation. This retreat is suitable for everyone. Everyone is welcome.

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)


Meditations for a Clear Mind

~ Half-day course at Heruka KMC

Sat 13 June, 10am - 1pm

Enjoy a short break from daily life and learn some very beneficial meditations on this half-day retreat. The meditations that are taught can be practised by anyone and with regular practice they help us to experience mental clarity and inner peace by meditating on our mind itself. Everyone is welcome.

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)

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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