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YOUR PATH TO HAPPINESS STARTS HERE - YOUR PATH TO HAPPINESS STARTS HEREIt is just two weeks until booking for the Summer Festival goes live and all three 2019 International Festivals are open for booking.Within Modern Kadampa Buddhism worldwide, there are many annual Festivals and Dharma Celebrations, but supreme among them are the International Festivals. And there are just three of these each year.It is only at the International Festivals that we have a glimpse of the extraordinary vision and sublime wish of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche - of an international society living in outer peace that has arisen from inner peace.And we start to get a feeling for the magnitude of this sublime project to which Venerable Geshe-la has dedicated his entire life.Enjoy this video and see what others have to say about International Festivals.

YOUR PATH TO HAPPINESS STARTS HERE

YOUR PATH TO HAPPINESS STARTS HEREIt is just two...

DEEP FAITH, EXQUISITE OFFERINGS, GREAT JOY - DEEP FAITH, EXQUISITE OFFERINGS, GREAT JOYWhat an extraordinary time this has been for the 430 people who attended the Mexican Festival 2019. Just a few days in duration but a long journey for the mind.As Guen-la said in her introduction when we attend one of these Festivals our mind changes profoundly, even if on the outside everything remains relatively normal.Having received the profound blessings of Venerable Guru Manjushri these fortunate ones left with something very special in their hearts, something that will nourish them and guide them on their spiritual journey ahead.How fortunate they are.When we look at these photos of the last two days of the Festival they seem to be encapsulated by the words, 'deep faith, exquisite offerings and great joy'. May all living beings enjoy the same good fortune.Thank you Guen-la for these wonderful days.

DEEP FAITH, EXQUISITE OFFERINGS, GREAT JOY

DEEP FAITH, EXQUISITE OFFERINGS, GREAT JOYWhat a...

THE BENEFITS OF FESTIVALS & DHARMA CELEBRATIONS - THE BENEFITS OF FESTIVALS & DHARMA CELEBRATIONSGuen-la Kelsang Kunsang has many good qualities - and one of them is her ability to teach Kadam Dharma in different languages.Here we can enjoy the first few minutes of her introduction to the Mexican Festival, where she is teaching in Spanish.Guen-la strongly encouraged us to continuously attend the Festivals and Dharma Celebrations, and especially the International Festivals.Nothing extraordinary will happen on the outside, she said, but our mind will be profoundly changed by attending these events, and we will go home a better person.

THE BENEFITS OF FESTIVALS & DHARMA CELEBRATIONS

THE BENEFITS OF FESTIVALS & DHARMA CELEBRATIONSG...

THE JOYFUL WISDOM OF MANJUSHRI - THE JOYFUL WISDOM OF MANJUSHRIMEXICO KADAMPA FESTIVAL 2019
What a wonderful weekend in Mexico City with Guen-la Kelsang Kunsang, retired Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU.From the north, south, east and west of Mexico hundreds of practitioners gathered to receive teachings on the perfection of wisdom and the special blessings of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri from her. In total 430 people came from 10 Mexican centers, Perú, Colombia, Uruguay and the US.As soon as we arrived on the first day we felt the pervasive happiness and joy of so many people gathered for such a special occasion.DEARLY LOVED TEACHER
For many this was a heartfelt reunion with a dearly loved Teacher who for many years was the Resident Teacher at KMC Mexico and our National Spiritual Director. Guen-la Kunsang is now a retired Deputy Spiritual Director who is National Spiritual Director of Switzerland, Austria and Italy and the Resident Teacher of KMC Edinburgh in Scotland.ELIMINATING INNER DARKNESS
Guen-la reminded us that the function of wisdom is to eliminate the inner darkness of ignorance. We need wisdom to recognize where to find happiness and what its real causes are, and we need wisdom to understand why there is no happiness when it is absent.THE WISDOM OF VENERABLE GUESHE-LA’S SPEECH
Guen-la reminded us of Venerable Gueshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's words: ‘The things I usually see, do not exist at all.’‘There is not enough money in the world to buy this wisdom,’ Guen-la reminded us. ‘We should consider ourselves extremely fortunate to enjoy this beautiful and deep Dharma.’The cause of all our suffering is the ignorance of self-grasping. All our suffering, problems, and difficulties arise from this ignorance.CREATING A PURE COMMUNITY
The times between sessions were valuable opportunities to create a pure community, where we recognize the possibility of living in harmony, full of meaning and happiness in the modern world.
Meaningful conversations, working for Dharma or simply enjoying a sunset, all helped us connect with our good heart.How lucky we are!

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THE JOYFUL WISDOM OF MANJUSHRIMEXICO KADAMPA FES...

EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT & ENTHUSIASM IN THE ART STUDIOS - Kadampa Art Studio (KAS) is always a hotbed of virtuous activity, but recently it seems to have reached another level with so many people - staff and volunteers - working extremely hard to prepare everything to adorn the Arizona Temple inside and out.The Temple at IKRC Grand Canyon is huge and literally hundreds of adornments have to be prepared, from the vajras, deer and Dharma wheels on the roof, the gold-leafed auspicious symbols on the outer walls, and the Confession Buddhas, goddesses, auspicious symbols and Five Family Buddhas on the inner walls.UNDAUNTED
Undaunted, the KAS team apply themselves with great enthusiasm to producing these objects to the highest standards - making originals, making molds, casting, finishing, painting and gold leafing hundreds of adornments, not to mention the three great statues and lotuses for the main shrine in Arizona,They are greatly assisted by another amazing team working in the Art Studio at Nagarjuna KMC, who at the moment are focused on gilding and painting sets of the Five Family Buddhas for Arizona.And as if that is not enough, the team at Manjushri are busy preparing and despatching the adornments for KMC Washington DC at the same time.CROWNING VAJRA
The crowning vajra for the Arizona Temple roof is now finished and will be shipped by air on Monday in readiness for the lantern tower to be installed. This is the vajra that is especially designed to enclose the lightning conductor.At KAS the decorative finials for the lantern tower are next off the production line and they, along with many other items, will be shipped in the next few days.EIGHTEEN CRATES
There will be 18 crates in the next shipment, which will contain:- The main Tara statue and lotus
- The main Avalokiteshvara statue and lotus
- The Dorje Shugden Five Lineages statues
- 4 Vajras
- 27 large auspicious symbols plaques
- 18 Confession Buddhas plaques
- 8 Five Buddha Family Plaques
- 8 Goddesses
- 22 auspicious symbols corner pieces
- 1 Dharma Wheel
- 1 Deer
= 8 finialsAmazing work by two amazing teams fulfilling the vision of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT & ENTHUSIASM IN THE ART STUDIOS

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THE SMILES OF SINTRA - THE SMILES OF SINTRAIt was a full house at Templo de Sintra early March140 people gathered at Centro de Meditação Kadampa Deuachen to receive a blissful empowerment and teachings of Prajnaparamita from the Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Rigden.It was a Temple full of smiles and laughter. Smiles born from the joyful Dharma of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche they were receiving from Gen Rigden.When our heart is touched by pure Dharma, a smile spontaneously appears - and we naturally maintain a happy, smiling face to benefit others.Enjoy the video and raise a smile.

THE SMILES OF SINTRA

THE SMILES OF SINTRAIt was a full house at Templ...

TEMPLEWATCH 9 - TEMPLEWATCH 9HUNDRED-YEAR SNOW, LANTERN TOWER APPEARING, GEN-LA RETURNSA hundred-year snow fell and blanketed the site. Though it slowed construction work for a while, it reminded us of what a special place IKRC Grand Canyon is for retreatWhen the snow falls, silence falls and everything outside becomes peaceful. When the Temple is completed and the retreat center is thriving thousands and thousands of people will find deep inner peace in this special place.TEMPLE PROGRESS
Despite the snow, great progress has been made by the construction teams who have been busy completing:- Framework on each level of outside of temple
- Parapet wall cap
- Facia for gold trim
- Window casings
- Octagon columns below each roof line & on top of each roof level for vajras to sit
- Interior ceiling & walls
- Plumbing in ritual prep and mechanical roomsART UPDATE
Meanwhile, here is the latest update from the Art Studio:'The big snow could not keep the artists away from the studio. The large Dharma Wheel is nearly completed by 5 dedicated volunteers.'Returning volunteers gilded another deer and the auspicious symbols look stunning. Pieces of the lantern await gilding as do 5 remaining vajras.'Visitors from as far away as France are here to help. And more volunteers from the US, Mexico and Brazil are headed our way to help complete the gilding by the end of May.'We’re busy, but very happy!'GEN-LA RETURNS
After many weeks away Gen-la Jampa returned to IKRC. He wasted no time in meeting with and encouraging the community, giving public talks, greeting local people at the open house and giving sublime teachings to both visitors and residents.A powerful reminder of Venerable Geshe-la’s purpose in establishing this very special place.Thank you Geshe-la.

TEMPLEWATCH 9

TEMPLEWATCH 9HUNDRED-YEAR SNOW, LANTERN TOWER AP...

FIRST 2019 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL GOES LIVE! - BOOKING FOR THE SPRING FESTIVAL OPENS MARCH 9 AT 1:00 PM UK TIMEPlease be sure to read this important webpage before booking: https://kadampafestivals.org/spring/bookMAKE BOOKING EASY
If you have not already done so, save time by creating/updating your booking account now at: https://kadampabookings.org/loginMORE INFORMATION AND UPDATES
We will keep you posted with regular information and updates.
See you at the Festival!

FIRST 2019 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL GOES LIVE!

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DISPELLING THE DARKNESS OF OUR MIND - DAY 3 - LIVING BUDDHA IS ACTUALLY LIBERATING USThe lilting melodies of Treasury of Wisdom, the sadhana for Manjushri, pervaded the day, both in the morning meditation and in the retreat sessions later in the day. This practice is so uplifting, enjoyable and peaceful.For the last teaching of the weekend Gen-la once again encouraged us to memorize Venerable Geshe-la’s powerful words and in this way put Dharma in our mind so it becomes our inner spiritual Guide:‘The things that I normally see in dreams do not exist.
This proves that the things that I normally see when awake do not exist,
Since both of these things are equally mistaken appearance.
I will never grasp at the things that I normally see,
But just be satisfied with their mere name.
By doing this I will liberate myself permanently
From the sufferings of this life and countless future lives.
In this way I will be able
To benefit each and every living being every day.’For the rest of the story and some stunning photos, visit the news blog at: https://kadampa.org/2019/03/dispelling-the-darkness-of-our-mind-day-3

DISPELLING THE DARKNESS OF OUR MIND - DAY 3

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2019 Florida Dharma Celebration photos have been shared on the New Kadampa Tradition Facebook page. Now everyone can see what a special place sits within Sarasota, FL. Hope you can come visit us soon! 💛A BEAUTIFUL VISION OF WHO WE CAN BE FLORIDA DHARMA CELEBRATION 2019It was a magical weekend when over 200 people from Jacksonville, Orlando, Safety Harbor, Tampa, Sarasota, Ft Myers, Miami, and Ft Lauderdale gathered at KMC Florida in Sarasota to participate in the Florida Dharma Celebration 2019 with Kadam Morten Clausen the Eastern US National Spiritual Director.The theme this year was ‘A Beautiful Vision of Who We Can Be: Empowering our Spiritual Life through the Practice of Tantra with the Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Vajrapani.’ Kadam Morten gave teachings on the practice known as ‘correct imagination’, the method for actualizing our extraordinary potential swiftly as revealed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Through this, we explored the practice of Tantra and how we can use it to empower our spiritual life - in particular how Tantra teaches us how everything in our life, our relationships, jobs, and enjoyments can be integrated into a powerful and joyful process of inner development, drawing us ever closer to actualizing our true nature. KMC Florida Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Chodor gave the Friday Night Introduction to start off the festivities and KMC Ft Lauderdale Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Norbu led the morning meditations preparing us for the empowerment and teachings.The Florida weather was perfect for enjoying quiet time, a stroll in the gardens, and quality time with fellow sangha. As always, these inspiring and powerful weekends cannot happen without the care, support and help of everyone who joined us. Thank you for making this weekend extra special! ... See MoreSee Less

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