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Online live streaming now available – weekly meditation classes are now available online through live-streaming so that you don't miss out. Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre and all of its branches are temporarily closed until further notice due to the current outbreak.

Courses, Events & Retreats

Meditation Courses

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The New Guide To Dakini Land

~ New book on Teacher Training Programme

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 epc@meditateinlondon.org

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The Mirror of Dharma

~ Half-day course with Resident Teacher Kadam John McBretney

Saturday 4 April, 10am - 1pm. Live streamed from Heruka KMC

An ordinary mirror just reflects a superficial appearance of our body, whereas the Mirror of Dharma shows us clearly why we experience problems, unhappiness and anxiety and shows us practical steps for overcoming these problems.

Dharma means the teachings of enlightened beings which function to heal and protect our minds from the root causes of all suffering and thereby help others to do the same. By practising Dharma, we can achieve the real meaning of human life.

On this course Kadam John will share practical advice from the book 'The Mirror Of Dharma', by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, on how we can solve our daily problems of uncontrolled desire, anger and ignorance and how to make our human life meaningful.

Price: £15  |  free with live streaming subscription or membership

£15

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The New Heart of Wisdom

~ New book on Foundation Programme (FP)

Starting Wednesday 29 April 2020

Everyone welcome to join!
Wednesdays: 7pm - 9.15pm at Heruka KMC with Kadam John McBretney

This is a wonderful opportunity to study and practise Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s New Heart of Wisdom. By revealing the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings – the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras – this book shows how we can attain pure, lasting happiness through developing special wisdom and universal compassion.

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 FP or wish to join please contact Heruka KMC’s Education Programme Coordinator on 020 8455 7563 or email epc@meditateinlondon.org

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Purify Our Mind, Purify Our World

~ Vajrasattva purification retreat with Kadam John McBretney

Saturday 18 April & Sunday 19 April. Live streamed from Heruka KMC

We spend all our time and energy trying to avoid problems by making changes to our external world – for example, trying right now to make the challenges we face more bearable. However, our unhappiness and difficulties are not caused by the external world but are the result of the negative karma we have created in the past through our own harmful actions.

By relying upon Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification, and practising a special meditation, we can purify all our negative karma. As a result, all our experiences of the world and of our life will be positive and pleasant, we will have a peaceful, pure mind, free from suffering, and will easily remove obstacles to our spiritual development.

The practice is short and simple but very powerful. Everyone welcome.

Saturday 18 April
Teaching on Vajrasattva practice, 10am – 11am
Session 1, 11.30am – 12.30
Session 2, 2pm – 3pm
Session 3, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 19 April
Session 4, 10am – 11am
Session 5, 11.30am – 12.30pm

If you would like to order or download the booklet of the practice to use during the retreat, please visit the Tharpa UK website.

Attend whatever sessions you wish.

Price for the whole event: £15  |  free with live streaming subscription or membership

£15

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Freedom from Anxiety, Worry and Stress

~ Half-day course live streamed from Heruka KMC

Date to be confirmed

Anxiety, worry and stress are very prevalent in the ongoing difficult situation we now find ourselves in and they can have a debilitating effect on our personal life, our work and our relationships. Buddhism teaches simple techniques to reduce and overcome these problems that can be practised by anyone whether Buddhist or non-Buddhist.

This course will be live streamed.

£15  |  free with live streaming subscription or membership

Due to the current outbreak this course has been suspended. A similar course will be provided through live streaming.

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Meditations for Relaxation

~ Half-day retreat at Heruka KMC

Date to be confirmed

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.

This course will be live streamed.

£15  |  free with live streaming subscription or membership

Due to the current outbreak this course has been suspended. A similar course will be provided through live streaming.

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Emptiness – the Ultimate Kindness

~ Liberate yourself from the iron chains of self-grasping

Date to be confirmed

Our principal and root delusion is self-grasping ignorance – an inner demon thatalways abides at our heart continually destroying our mental peace and happiness. Only by developing wisdom realizing emptiness – ultimate truth – can we free ourself and others permanently from self-grasping, the source of all the suffering in the world.

Due to the kindness of emptiness we can transform ourself quickly into a pure, enlightened being, continually enjoying a completely pure world with the union of great bliss and emptiness.

This course will be live streamed.

£15  |  free with live streaming subscription or membership

Due to the current outbreak this course has been suspended. A similar course will be provided through live streaming.

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Choose Happiness

~ Half-day meditation course with Kadam John McBretney

Sat 2 May, 10am - 1pm

Each and every one of us has the capacity to tap into an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Meditation presents the techniques for training the mind that we need in order to achieve this. By taking these methods to heart we can learn to choose happiness throughout our life.

At this half-day meditation course, open to everyone, Kadam John McBretney will explain the methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy, happiness and meaning our everyday reality.

Anyone can attend this meditation event; it will consist of practical talks, guided meditations and discussion and a chance to ask questions. It is suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience. Everyone is welcome.

This course will be live streamed.

£15   |   free with streaming subscription or membership

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Spring Festival with Vajrapani Empowerment

~ The Power of Compassion

MAY 22 - 27, 2020

Buddha Vajrapani Empowerment & Teachings on Compassion
with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab
Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, UK

Everyone Is Welcome To This Meaningful Holiday
The annual Spring Festival is a unique spiritual holiday that is ideal for people new to Kadampa Buddhism as well as those with previous experience.
Organised by NKT-IKBU at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in the English Lake District, it combines empowerment, teachings and meditations in an inspiring presentation of modern Kadampa Buddhism that will fire you up spiritually and leave you fully equipped to begin to transform your life into a meaningful path when you return home.

Spiritual power
At this year's Festival you will receive the empowerment of Vajrapani, the Buddha of spiritual power, and teachings on the power of compassion - how we can become a more and more caring person until we develop the actual power to help all living beings.

International
This is an international Festival where you will meet and meditate with people from all over the world, who all share a common wish to improve themselves and their world through inner development.

The programme leaves plenty of time to explore the natural beauty of the surrounding area and the nearby market town of Ulverston.
It is in every respect a meaningful holiday and you will leave refreshed, inspired, and empowered!

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Meditations for a Clear Mind

~ Half-day retreat at Heruka KMC

Date to be confirmed

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)

Due to the current outbreak this course has been suspended. A similar course will be provided through live streaming.

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How to Uplift our Mind and be Inspired

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

Date to be confirmed

Everyday we encounter many difficult situations that we do not like. Since there is no way to stop this, we can change the way we respond to unexpected problems. Through learning Buddha’s wisdom advice on transforming adversity and gradually integrating it into our daily lives we can radically change our life for the better, learn to accept difficult situations with confidence and experience being free from problems every day of our lives.

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)

Due to the current outbreak this course has been suspended. A similar course will be provided through live streaming.

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Choose Happiness

~ Half-day course at Heruka KMC 

Date to be confirmed

Everyone wants to be happy all the time, even during sleep, but very few people know how to achieve this. Some people even think it’s not possible – but it definitely is! We can simply learn to choose happiness – learning to make a firm decision that:
“Today, whatever happens, I choose to be happy through developing a positive state of mind.”
On this course we have the opportunity to learn Buddha’s scientifically-proven, positive ways of thinking about ourselves, other people, our jobs, our relationships and our life and in this way learn to develop the habits of happy people that will enable us to live a healthy, happy and meaningful life.

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)

Due to the current outbreak this course has been suspended. A similar course will be provided through live streaming.

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2020 NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival

~The Joy of a Kadampa Life

JUL 24 - AUG 8

THE BUDDHIST WAY OF LOVING KINDNESS

WEEK 1 Buddha Amitayus Empowerment
and teachings on The New Eight Steps to Happiness
with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong.

 


ESSENTIAL ADVICE FROM THE HEART

WEEK 2 Buddha Green Tara Empowerment
and teachings on Advice from Atisha’s Heart
with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

 

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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