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Buddhist Remedies for Emotional Pain - Loneliness, Fear, and Sadness

Saturday 19 December 2020

With Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney

Mental suffering is a terrible pandemic that cannot be cured by physical or mental isolation. Only the wisdom taught by Buddha can effect a lasting cure. This is because only Buddha correctly diagnoses the source of all pain, prescribes remedies, and administers essential medicine for the mind.

Through taking this medicine for the mind, anxiety, stress, disappointment and all other mental afflictions will gradually be reduced and finally eliminated, leaving the mind healthy, joyful and at peace with ourself, our family and our world. This course will explain how, no matter what our circumstances may be, happiness is possible for everyone.

Session one: 10 - 11.15am
Session two: 11.45 - 1pm




Welcome to the Future

With internationally renowned meditation teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Thubten

Thu 31 Dec - Sat 2 Jan 2021

At times like these when we might feel overwhelmed by events and with little or no control over our lives, it is very beneficial to understand and apply Buddha's teachings on how we create our own world.

At New Year, our thoughts turn to the future and what we can do to improve our life in the weeks and months ahead. On this course we will learn how we can begin to create a better future right now through meditation on the nature of reality.

Teaching from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's book, The Mirror of Dharma, Gen-la Thubten will lead us through some powerful life-changing meditations and show how we can integrate these experiences into our daily life.

What better way to start the New Year?

Thursday 31 Dec 2020
Teaching 1: 10.30am – 12.00pm
Teaching 2: 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Friday 1 Jan 2021
Teaching 3: 10.30am – 12.00pm
Teaching 4: 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 2 Jan 2021
Teaching 5: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Free for members of Heruka KMC and KMC London. Half-price with streaming subscription £20/m.

This special event will follow with the Mirror of Dharma guided retreat, 3 - 9 Jan 2021, with Kadam John McBretney.


New Year’s Eve Special Celebration and Prayers of the Buddha of Compassion

With Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney

31 December 2020, 10.45pm to midnight

Give peace, hope and goodness to the world through the powerful prayers and beautiful mantra of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.

Contemplation, prayer and guided meditations on wisdom and compassion: Happy New Year 2021!


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Mirror of Dharma Guided Retreat

With Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney

Sunday 3 to Saturday 9 Jan 2021

The retreat will give practical guidance on how to solve the daily problems of uncontrolled desire, anger and ignorance, and how to make human life meaningful following the extraordinary book, The Mirror of Dharma with Additions – Dharma means the teachings of enlightened beings.

The author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, is an internationally renowned meditation master and scholar. He explains practical instructions based on his deep experience gained from a lifetime spent in meditation through which, as he himself says, "We can see and find the sun of the supreme happiness of enlightenment from The Mirror of Dharma. How fortunate we are!"

The retreat teacher, Kadam John McBretney, has come under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang for 30 years. He will transmit and guide the author’s simple but profound oral instructions about how to contemplate and meditate successfully. Correct contemplation causes the instructions to touch our hearts so that we find the objects of meditation and thereby gain deep inner experiences that we can carry into our daily lives to make them relaxed, joyful and uplifting. Everybody is welcome.

This retreat follows the special event Welcome to the Future with Gen-la Kelsang Thubten, 31 Dec - 2 Jan 2021.

Daily, Sunday 3rd to Saturday 9th January 2021

Session 1: 9-10.15am
Session 2: 11.15-12.30pm
Session 3: 4-5.15pm
Session 4: 7-8.15pm

All sessions are free for members. Free with online streaming subscription £20/m.

Sessions will be based on The Mirror of Dharma book and prayers for each session will be "Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land according to Highest Yoga Tantra."




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