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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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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)

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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.

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Wake Up Smiling

~ Half-day course with Kadam John McBretney 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)

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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 with Kadam John McBretney 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:

Friday
• Introduction: 7.15 to 8.45pm

Saturday
• Session one: 9 - 10.15am
• Session two: 11 - 12.15pm
• Wishfulfilling Jewel puja (optional): 12.30 - 1.15pm
• Session three: 3 - 4.15pm
• Session four: 5 - 6.30pm

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

Prices
Whole retreat £25, Introduction £8, Each session £4
All sessions are free for members

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

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The New Heart of Wisdom

~ New book on Foundation Programme (FP)

Starting Wednesday 22 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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Special Fasting & Purification retreat

~ In conjunction with 1000-armed Avalokiteshvara

Sat 18 Apr - Sun 19 Apr 2020

This special fasting and purification practice is very powerful for purifying negative karma of body, speech, and mind, and for pacifying strong delusions such as desirous attachment and hatred. It is also a special method for receiving blessings and improving our experience of love, compassion, and bodhichitta.

Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney, will grant precepts on both days at the centre at 6.30am.

Retreat sessions

  • Mahayana Precepts: 6.30am - 7.15am*
  • Session 1: 8.00am - 9.15am
  • Session 2: 10.30am - 11.45am
  • Session 3: 3.30pm - 4.45pm
  • Sat 18 Apr and Sun 19 Apr:
    Wishfulfilling Jewel prayers 12.00 - 12.45pm

*Note: Anyone wishing to join any sessions of the retreat is required to take precepts on the day.

On Sat 18 Apr precepts lunch available.

Prices
One session: £3
One day: £8
Whole weekend: £16
Free for standard and benefactor members

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Meditations for Relaxation

~ Half-day retreat 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)

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Emptiness – the Ultimate Kindness

~ Liberate yourself from the iron chains of self-grasping

Saturday 2nd May, 10.00am - 4.00pm

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.

with Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney

£25 (Includes refreshments | Free for members)

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Freedom from Anxiety, Worry and Stress

~ Half-day course at Heruka KMC

Saturday 16th May, 10.00am - 1.00pm

Anxiety, worry and stress are increasingly common in today’s hectic world 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.

Price: £25 (Includes refreshments)

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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

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)

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How To Uplift Our Mind And Be Inspired

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

Saturday 27 June, 10.00am - 1.00pm

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)

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Choose Happiness

~ Half-day course at Heruka KMC 

Saturday 18 July, 10.00am - 1.00pm

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)

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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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