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Amitayus retreat

With Kadam John McBretney

Sat 20 and Sun 21 Feb 2021

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 second day.

Everyone is welcome to attend one or more sessions online:

Timetable for both days
Session 1: 10.00 - 11.15am
Session 2: 11.45am - 1.00pm
Session 3: 2.15 - 3.30pm

All sessions are free for members.





With Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney

Wednesdays 7 - 9pm, starting on Wed 24 Feb

A great opportunity to join Foundation Programme

Everyone is welcome to join Foundation Programme (FP) to study Part 2 of The New Heart of Wisdom by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Part 2 of The New Heart of Wisdom is an explanation of the hidden meaning of the Heart Sutra. It includes the Lamrim meditations, which are the stages of the path to liberation and enlightenment. These meditations enable us to progress from where we are now, with all our daily problems, to the supreme happiness of the enlightenment, the real meaning of human life.

For information about how to join Foundation Programme please contact Veronica: classes@meditateinlondon.org

Foundation Programme is free for members.

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



Teachings on Refuge, including Mahayana Refuge Ceremony

With General Spiritual Director Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Friday 26 - Sunday 28 February 2021

Through seeking refuge in the three precious wishfulfilling jewels Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, we can fulfil all our own wishes as well as the wishes of all living beings. If we really do not wish to experience problems and suffering we must realize emptiness, the selflessness of persons and phenomena. During this weekend course Genla Dekyong will share oral commentary received directly from Venerable Geshela to the verse by Marpa Lotsawa:

"In east India near the river Ganges
I met Venerable Maitripa, and through his great kindness
I realized that the things that I normally see do not exist.
Thus, all my experiences of problems and suffering have ceased."

There will be an opportunity to receive the special blessings of refuge by engaging in a Mahayana Refuge Ceremony and together create powerful causes for world peace.


Refuge retreat

With Kadam John McBretney

10am to 4.30pm, Sat 6 March 2021

Kadam John will guide meditations on going for refuge to the Three Precious Jewels - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Only through the practice of Buddhist refuge can we liberate ourself permanently from suffering and attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment, the real meaning of human life.
"This refuge cannot be found elsewhere." Oral instruction of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Each session consists of short, chanted prayers and guided meditation.

The sessions will be livestreamed at the times shown.

Session 1: 10.00 - 11.15am
Session 2: 11.45am - 12.45pm
Session 3: 2.00 - 3.00pm
Session 4: 3.30 - 4.30pm

All sessions are free for members.



International Spring Festival 2021

With Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, retired General Spiritual Director of NKT

Fri May 28 – Wed Jun 2

Gen-la Khyenrab will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and teachings on the sublime prayer, Request to the Lord of all Lineages.

All Buddha Shakyamuni's teachings of Sutra and Tantra are included in this special prayer, which is designed for easy memorisation and contemplation.

If we practice this prayer sincerely it will touch our heart and transform our mind into authentic wisdom, love, compassion and other spiritual realisations. Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says, "There is no greater meaning than engaging in this practice."


2021 NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival

The very essence of modern Kadampa Buddhism

July 30 - August 14

Week 1
The Heart Practice

Dorje Shugden Empowerment and Teachings on Lamrim
With Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, General Spiritual Director of NKT

The heart of Kadampa Buddhism is the practice of Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment, which is a special presentation of Buddha's teachings that is easily integrated into modern daily life.

By relying on the Wisdom Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we will quickly gain deep inner experience of Lamrim and transform our life into the very path to enlightenment.

Week 2
Awakening our Buddha Nature

Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini
with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says, "The gateway through which we enter Tantra is receiving a Tantric empowerment. An empowerment bestows upon us special blessings that heal our mental continuum and awaken our Buddha nature."

The empowerments and teachings in Week 2 will open the door to Highest Yoga Tantra, the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism and the quick path to enlightenment.

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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"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