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Unwind, Relax and De-Stress

With Kadam John McBretney

Half-Day retreat, 10am to 1pm, Saturday 10 April 2021

On this half-day retreat Kadam John will explain and guide simple yet effective meditations to unwind, relax and de-stress. The retreat will include a special meditation that combines the breath with a simple silent mantra recitation. It is a powerful technique for experiencing inner peace, improving concentration and making our mind more positive and more controlled. This retreat is ideal for those new to meditation as well as for those more experienced practitioners. Everyone is welcome.

This relaxing half-day retreat gives us the perfect opportunity to become familiar with practical meditations to help us in our daily life. Kadam John McBretney is the Resident Teacher of Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre. He has been studying and practising meditation for more than 30 years under the guidance of his Teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

The retreat will include a combination of teachings and guided meditations with an opportunity to ask questions. Comfort breaks will be included throughout. Everyone is welcome to attend online

Timetable
Introduction & Meditation – 10am – 10.45am
Break – 10.45am – 11am
Teaching & Meditation – 11am – 11.45am
Break – 11.45am – 12noon
Teaching & Meditation – 12noon – 12.45pm

All sessions are free for members.

£18.00

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Nyungna Fasting Retreat

Special purification retreat with Eleven-faced Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion

Fri-Sat 16-17 April 2021

This special fasting and purification retreat is performed in conjunction with the meditation practice of thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara. Engaging in this retreat 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 the blessings of Buddha and improving our experience of love, compassion and bodhichitta.

On both days Kadam John will grant Mahayana precepts at 6.30am where we take vows to abstain from certain actions for 24 hours. Everyone attending the retreat will need to attend this 6.30am session. For Mahayana precepts we use the sadhana called A Pure Life, available from Tharpa UK.

On the first day it is customary to abstain from all meals apart from lunch. On the second day we engage in a complete fast, abstaining from all food and drink for 24 hours. On both days, we will do three sessions of meditation, combining prostrations with chanted meditation. Those who are unable to engage in a complete fast can still participate in the sessions on the second day by abstaining from all meals apart from lunch.

For each session we will engage in the Drop of Essential Nectar sadhana with time for visualizations and mantra recitation as explained in the sadhana. You will need a copy of the sadhana, which is available to order and download from Tharpa UK.

Session times both days
Mahayana Precepts: 6.30 to 7.15am
Session 1: 8am – 9.15am
Session 2: 10.30am – 11.45am
Session 3: 3.30pm – 4.45pm

All sessions are free for members.

£15.00

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Southern Dharma Celebration 2021

Finding inner strength with wisdom & Buddha Manjushri Empowerment

With UK Spiritual Director Kadam Bridget Heyes

Friday 23 April - Sunday 25 April 2021

During this annual event we will learn special methods explained by Buddha to cut through the darkness that obscures our mind.
Kadam Bridget will grant the empowerment of Buddha Manjushri and teach us new ways to relate to our world by sharing profound insights into the true nature of things.

Kadam Bridget is known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart and deep understanding of Buddha’s wisdom advice. Her teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way this is easy to practice and integrate into daily life.

The event will be live-streamed.

 

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Q&A on Dealing with Grief and Loneliness

With Kadam John McBretney

7pm to 7.45pm, Thursday 29 April 2021

Join this special live online Q&A session with our Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney. He will help clarify and provide answers to anonymously submitted questions on the topic of ‘Dealing with Grief and Loneliness'. Answers will be based on Buddhist wisdom to help guide us to find peace and happiness in our lives.

Please send any questions you may have to rt@heruka.org.

Q&A  7pm to 7.45pm

Free for members.

£5.00

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Calm, Clear Mind Retreat

With Thomas Tozer

Half-Day Retreat, 10am to 1pm, Saturday 1 May 2021

Take a break from your usual, busy routine and join us for this practical and meaningful Saturday retreat. The nature of our mind is clarity, like a clear sky, but it’s often clouded by busy, uncontrolled and sometimes negative thoughts.

Learn how to experience the inner peace and clarity of your own mind through simple and joyful meditations from the Buddhist tradition on this special meditation retreat

The event will be livestreamed.

Timetable
Introduction & Meditation – 10am – 10.45am
Break – 10.45am – 11am
Teaching & Meditation – 11am – 11.45am
Break – 11.45am – 12noon
Teaching & Meditation – 12noon – 12.45pm

All sessions are free for members.

£18.00

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Solutions for Anxiety

With Kadam John McBretney

10am to 1pm, Saturday 15 May 2021

Many people suffer from feelings of anxiety or hopelessness, or are simply overwhelmed by the stress and demands of everyday life. In this half-day course Kadam John will explore meditation methods and ways of thinking taught by Buddha that will help us to let go of our worry and anxiety, and deal with our negative emotions more confidently and effectively. Everybody is welcome – no need for any previous experience of meditation.

Learn exactly why we get worried and anxious, and receive practical advice to enable us overcome these debilitating feelings in our daily life. There will be opportunities to ask questions. Kadam John McBretney is the Resident Teacher of Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre. He has been studying and practising meditation for more than 30 years.

The event will be livestreamed.

Timetable
Session 1 – 10am – 11.15am
Break – 11.15am – 11.45am
Session 2 – 11.45am – 1pm

All sessions are free for members.

£18.00

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Q&A on Finding Solutions to Difficult People and Situations

With Kadam John McBretney

7pm to 7.45pm, Thursday 27 May 2021

Join this special live online Q&A session with our Resident Teacher, Kadam John McBretney. He will help clarify and provide answers to anonymously submitted questions on the topic of ‘Finding Solutions to Difficult People and Situations'. Answers will be based on Buddhist wisdom to help guide us to find peace and happiness in our lives.

Please send any questions you may have to rt@heruka.org.

Q&A  7pm to 7.45pm

Free for members.

£5.00

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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."

The event will be live-streamed.

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Post-Spring Festival Retreat

Request to the Lord of All Lineages

With Kadam John McBretney

Fri 4 to Sun 6 June 2021

Following the International Spring Festival, Kadam John will guide a rare retreat on the special 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."

Kadam John McBretney is the Resident Teacher of Heruka Kadampa Meditation Centre. He has been studying and practising meditation for more than 30 years under the guidance of his Teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

The retreat will use the prayer booklet, “Hundreds of Deities of the Joyful Land according to Highest Yoga Tantra.” The event will be livestreamed.

Timetable
Introduction Friday 4 June 2021
7.15pm to 8.30pm
Retreat Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 June 2021
Session 1: 9-10.15am
Session 2: 11.15-12.30pm
Session 3: 2.30-3.45pm
Session 4: 4.15-5.30pm

All sessions are free for members.

£25.00

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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.

 


FAQs about meditation courses

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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