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The opportunity to have a new life - Please enjoy this short video of the opening of KMC Brisbane.

The opportunity to have a new life

Please enjoy this short video of the opening of KM...

BUDDHA’S RETURN FROM HEAVEN DAY - September 22 marks the celebration of Buddha’s return from heaven.On this day we celebrate Buddha’s return from the desire god realm called Land of the Thirty-three Heavens, so-called because it has thirty-three different types of god.Traditionally this day also marks the end of the summer retreat. Every year, during the summer months, Buddha engaged in a three-month retreat with his disciples to avoid harming insects and other animals during the rainy seasonOne year during the summer retreat, Buddha transported himself to the Land of the Thirty-three Heavens to visit his mother, who had taken rebirth there after she died. Buddha deeply wanted to repay his mother’s kindness by teaching her Dharma.The king of this realm is called Indra. The Indra who was king at that time was also Buddha’s disciple and he invited Buddha to go there and give teachings to the gods. So Buddha went to benefit his mother and also, at Indra’s request, to benefit the other gods living there. He stayed for three months teaching Dharma and then returned on this day.Powerful merit
This day is therefore very special. It is said that if we engage in any kind of virtuous action on this day it becomes especially powerful and our merit greatly increases. For example, if we offer one single light offering this action is multiplied to become millions of light offerings.Kadampa centers around the world organise special activities including courses, meditations and prayers on this day. Check with your local center if you would like to join in any of these activities.To find a center near you visit kadampa.org/map.

BUDDHA’S RETURN FROM HEAVEN DAY

September 22 marks the celebration of Buddha’s r...

Art for Arizona - Art for Arizona part 1A team of dedicated artists and volunteers at the Kadampa Art Studio at MKMC is presently preparing the many adornments for the new Temple under construction in Arizona.Everything is designed and cast at the Studio and then painstakingly sanded and filled.The adornments for the Temple roof - the vajras, Dharma wheels and deer - are then sprayed, crated and shipped to Arizona where another team will gild them with gold leaf.The objects for the inner walls of the Temple - the sets of goddesses and Thirty-five Confession Buddhas - are finished and painted at the Studio before shipping.We invite you to enjoy this one-minute video and the photos in the next post, Art for Arizona part 2, and marvel at the extraordinary dedication, concentration and attention to detail with which these precious objects are created.

Art for Arizona

Art for Arizona part 1A team of dedicated artist...

After the festival, time to absorb - After each of the three International Festivals, local Kadampa centers around the world organise follow-up retreats to give participants time to absorb the meaning of the teachings and empowerments they have just received.These retreats, which are led by senior Kadampa Teachers, are becoming increasingly popular with festival goers, who find this quiet time invaluable for taking the teachings to heart so they can apply them with confidence in their daily life.Held in beautiful locations, the post-festival retreats combine quiet absorption and experienced guidance with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area.More information and booking
Information on upcoming retreats can be found in the International Festivals section of kadampafestivals.org.Book for a retreat this Fall
For information and booking on specific retreats following this year's Fall Festival visit kadampafestivals.org/fall/post-fall-festival-retreatsDo your mind a favour and book a blissful retreat to follow your next Festival.

After the festival, time to absorb

After each of the three International Festivals, l...

Admiring Faith ~ Kadam Morten

Admiring Faith ~ Kadam Morten

Venerable Geshe-la - Our Founder
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Venerable Geshe-la - Our Founder ~ Gen-la Dekyong

The Characteristics of a Spiritual Guide ~ Gen-la Dekyong

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The Characteristics of a Spiritual Guide ~ Gen-la Dekyong

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Venerable Geshe-la's Kindness ~ Gen-la Dekyong

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Time Change This Sunday Morning
September 23 | 11am-12:30pmOur Sunday morning classes, Meditations for World Peace and Meditations for Kids, will be held from 11am-12:30pm this Sunday. We look forward to seeing you!----------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEXT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES, SEPT 30:
And for next week, Meditations for World Peace and Meditations for Kids will be back to 10-11:30am.

Time Change This Sunday MorningSeptember 23 | 11am-12:30pmOur Sunday morning classes, Meditations for World Peace and Meditations for Kids, will be held from 11am-12:30pm this Sunday. We look forward to seeing you!----------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEXT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES, SEPT 30:And for next week, Meditations for World Peace and Meditations for Kids will be back to 10-11:30am. ... See MoreSee Less

BUDDHA’S RETURN FROM HEAVEN DAY Celebration
Sept 22 | Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers | 7:30-9:30pm
Everyone welcome - this is a free eventSeptember 22 marks the celebration of Buddha’s Return from Heaven Day.The following explanation is an extract from a talk given by Geshe Kelsang on this day in 1991:‘On this day we celebrate Buddha’s return from the desire god realm called Land of the Thirty-three Heavens, where he had been to visit his mother who had been reborn there.Traditionally this day also marks the end of the summer retreat. Every year, during the summer months, Buddha did a three-month retreat with his disciples. His reason for doing this was to avoid harming insects and other animals.If we go out a lot during the summer months we will naturally kill more insects and other animals than at other times of the year. The nature of Buddhadharma is compassion – an unbiased compassion that is not just for human beings but for every living being, including animals.In fact, we should have stronger compassion for animals than for human beings because animals suffer more. Human beings have better conditions and are more fortunate than animals. Because animals have so much suffering and no freedom, out of compassion Buddhists should try not to kill or disturb them. So, for three months during the summer, Buddha advised his disciples to retreat, staying always inside and living carefully and conscientiously.One year during the annual summer retreat Buddha went to the Land of the Thirty-three Heavens. After his mother died she had taken rebirth in this god realm, so-called because it has thirty-three different types of god.The king of this realm is called Indra. The Indra who was king at that time was also Buddha’s disciple and he invited Buddha to go there. So Buddha went to benefit his mother and also, at Indra’s request, to benefit the other gods living there. He stayed three months, and then returned on this day.This day is therefore very special. It is said that if we engage in any kind of virtuous action on this day it becomes especially powerful and our merit greatly increases. For example, if we offer one single light offering this action is multiplied to become millions of light offerings.On this day we should especially remember Buddha’s kindness.We now have a special wisdom that understands that killing animals is a negative action, so we abandon killing. We now have a special wisdom that understands what love is and can distinguish between love and attachment, so we try to abandon attachment and increase our love. Thus, we have a wonderful opportunity to develop unbiased compassion for all living beings, and in this way we can gain the special realization of bodhichitta, which is the root of complete enlightenment.We now have the chance to abandon our self-grasping, which is the source of all suffering and problems. We have the wisdom that understands what self-grasping is, how it harms us and how to abandon it. All this knowledge and all our wisdom realizations come from the kindness of Buddha Shakyamuni.All Je Tsongkhapa’s books are commentaries to Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings. They help to clarify them and make it easier for us to understand them. Nowadays human beings are very intelligent and knowledgeable about how to develop and produce external things, but their understanding or wisdom about the profound Dharma of the inner spiritual path is very poor and weak. Je Tsongkhapa made it very easy for us to understand this. He clarified everything and made it easy for us to integrate all of Buddha’s teachings in a very practical way.Because Je Tsongkhapa’s books are commentaries to Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings, when we are studying Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings we are studying Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings, and when we are practicing Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings we are practicing Buddha’s teachings.All the books we study on the General Program, Foundation Program, and Teaching Training Program, are commentaries to Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings. They clarify Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings and explain how to practice and integrate them into our everyday life. They are a special presentation, but in reality they are all commentaries to Je Tsongkhapa’s books. We are therefore studying Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings – and in doing this we are studying Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings.In reality, every teaching we study and practise comes fundamentally from Buddha Shakyamuni; all our wisdom that understands Dharma comes from his kindness. Realizing this we should dedicate all the virtues we accumulate today to fulfilling his wish.What is Buddha’s wish? His main wish is that his teachings flourish throughout the world so that all living beings find release from the suffering ocean of samsara and attain permanent inner peace, permanent freedom, and eventually great enlightenment. Because the real method to find release from samsara is to practice Buddha’s teachings, unless they flourish in this world it is impossible to attain actual liberation.Buddha doesn’t need anything for himself because he has completed everything – he has fulfilled all his personal wishes. His sole remaining wish is that living beings attain liberation and enlightenment through practicing his teachings. In other words, his wish is for pure Buddhadharma to flourish throughout the world to free all living beings from every kind of problem and suffering.We should therefore dedicate all the virtues we accumulate today for this purpose.

BUDDHA’S RETURN FROM HEAVEN DAY CelebrationSept 22 | Offering to the Spiritual Guide Prayers | 7:30-9:30pmEveryone welcome - this is a free eventSeptember 22 marks the celebration of Buddha’s Return from Heaven Day.The following explanation is an extract from a talk given by Geshe Kelsang on this day in 1991:‘On this day we celebrate Buddha’s return from the desire god realm called Land of the Thirty-three Heavens, where he had been to visit his mother who had been reborn there.Traditionally this day also marks the end of the summer retreat. Every year, during the summer months, Buddha did a three-month retreat with his disciples. His reason for doing this was to avoid harming insects and other animals.If we go out a lot during the summer months we will naturally kill more insects and other animals than at other times of the year. The nature of Buddhadharma is compassion – an unbiased compassion that is not just for human beings but for every living being, including animals.In fact, we should have stronger compassion for animals than for human beings because animals suffer more. Human beings have better conditions and are more fortunate than animals. Because animals have so much suffering and no freedom, out of compassion Buddhists should try not to kill or disturb them. So, for three months during the summer, Buddha advised his disciples to retreat, staying always inside and living carefully and conscientiously.One year during the annual summer retreat Buddha went to the Land of the Thirty-three Heavens. After his mother died she had taken rebirth in this god realm, so-called because it has thirty-three different types of god.The king of this realm is called Indra. The Indra who was king at that time was also Buddha’s disciple and he invited Buddha to go there. So Buddha went to benefit his mother and also, at Indra’s request, to benefit the other gods living there. He stayed three months, and then returned on this day.This day is therefore very special. It is said that if we engage in any kind of virtuous action on this day it becomes especially powerful and our merit greatly increases. For example, if we offer one single light offering this action is multiplied to become millions of light offerings.On this day we should especially remember Buddha’s kindness.We now have a special wisdom that understands that killing animals is a negative action, so we abandon killing. We now have a special wisdom that understands what love is and can distinguish between love and attachment, so we try to abandon attachment and increase our love. Thus, we have a wonderful opportunity to develop unbiased compassion for all living beings, and in this way we can gain the special realization of bodhichitta, which is the root of complete enlightenment.We now have the chance to abandon our self-grasping, which is the source of all suffering and problems. We have the wisdom that understands what self-grasping is, how it harms us and how to abandon it. All this knowledge and all our wisdom realizations come from the kindness of Buddha Shakyamuni.All Je Tsongkhapa’s books are commentaries to Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings. They help to clarify them and make it easier for us to understand them. Nowadays human beings are very intelligent and knowledgeable about how to develop and produce external things, but their understanding or wisdom about the profound Dharma of the inner spiritual path is very poor and weak. Je Tsongkhapa made it very easy for us to understand this. He clarified everything and made it easy for us to integrate all of Buddha’s teachings in a very practical way.Because Je Tsongkhapa’s books are commentaries to Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings, when we are studying Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings we are studying Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings, and when we are practicing Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings we are practicing Buddha’s teachings.All the books we study on the General Program, Foundation Program, and Teaching Training Program, are commentaries to Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings. They clarify Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings and explain how to practice and integrate them into our everyday life. They are a special presentation, but in reality they are all commentaries to Je Tsongkhapa’s books. We are therefore studying Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings – and in doing this we are studying Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings.In reality, every teaching we study and practise comes fundamentally from Buddha Shakyamuni; all our wisdom that understands Dharma comes from his kindness. Realizing this we should dedicate all the virtues we accumulate today to fulfilling his wish.What is Buddha’s wish? His main wish is that his teachings flourish throughout the world so that all living beings find release from the suffering ocean of samsara and attain permanent inner peace, permanent freedom, and eventually great enlightenment. Because the real method to find release from samsara is to practice Buddha’s teachings, unless they flourish in this world it is impossible to attain actual liberation.Buddha doesn’t need anything for himself because he has completed everything – he has fulfilled all his personal wishes. His sole remaining wish is that living beings attain liberation and enlightenment through practicing his teachings. In other words, his wish is for pure Buddhadharma to flourish throughout the world to free all living beings from every kind of problem and suffering.We should therefore dedicate all the virtues we accumulate today for this purpose. ... See MoreSee Less

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Were ready for our weekend retreat on Giving Power to Your Daily Meditation Practice.Want to learn more, join us tonight for our Introduction Talk at 7pm.https://meditationinsarasota.org/events/give-power-practice-now/Image attachmentImage attachment

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The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful.

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