Every year the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) organises a world wide programme of special courses on Buddhism and meditation that explain how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern living. The programme includes International Festivals, National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations.
These Festivals and Dharma Celebrations provide a precious opportunity to study and practise the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the NKT.
The events vary in length from two days to two weeks, but whatever their duration they all offer a vacation with a difference – a chance to break free from the hectic routines of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. You will come away not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually re-energised.
Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment & the Oral Instructions of Mahamudra with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
29 Dec 2017 – 3 Jan 2018
The 2018 Australian Festival is a 6-day event which will draw people from throughout Australia to receive an empowerment and teachings from Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition.
Held at Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne, this event is a special opportunity to start 2018 with blessings, spiritual guidance, and happiness. For those new to Buddhism, the teachings and meditations at the festival will provide a deeper insight into the meaning and practical application of Buddha’s teachings.
Link to website, http://www.australianfestival.org.au/
Held at Tharpaland International Retreat Centre (near Berlin)
Tharpaland International Retreat Centre (Tharpaland IRC) is one of currently three International Retreat Centres of modern Buddhism.
Although less than an hour from the heart of Berlin city and it’s international airports, Tharpaland’s natural beauty, peacefulness and quietude, feel completely removed from the busyness and distractions of city life. Set in beautiful parkland with forest walks and a lake, it provides ideal conditions for busy modern people to engage in retreat.
At this festival, Gen-la Dekyong will explain the essential practices of training the mind (Lojong) based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s book Universal Compassion. The practices of training the mind are exceptionally powerful methods for overcoming our delusions, especially our self-cherishing, and for gaining deep realizations of conventional and ultimate bodhichitta. In this way, we can attain the real meaning of our human life – enlightenment.
Link to website for booking and more info: http://kadampafestivals.org/fall