JLC is part of a global family of Buddhist practitioners who regularly gather together to enjoy spiritual breaks and holidays. Events can be attended for part of a day or the whole thing. Find out more below and by following the links to the individual event pages:
International Festivals welcome people from all around the globe. The Spring and Summer Festivals are held here in the UK at the beautiful Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cumbria, just three hours drive from JLC! There are often lifts available so get in touch if that would be helpful. More information can be found by following the links below.
Celebrations in the UK 2018-19
UK Dharma Celebration - Easter Weekend 2019
Courses with Gen-la Dekyong
Bathing in the Light of Manjushri’s Wisdom Blessings
This weekend course includes the empowerment of Buddha Manjushri with commentary to the following wisdom advice from Venerable Geshe-la’s heart:
'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.'
What happens at a Festival or Celebration?
Festivals and celebrations offer an opportunity for us to enjoy a spiritual holiday. The daily timetable typically consists of teaching, meditation sessions and chanted prayers. You can attend as much or as little as you wish and there are cafes and stalls offering food, snacks and drinks with places to sit and enjoy them with friends. Click on the videos to get a flavour of the festival experience.
Volunteering at Festivals
One of the best things about NKT events is that they are organised and run by the people who attend them. If you wish to get involved there are opportunities to help with a range of activities during the festivals - its a good way to meet others and to help make the festival run smoothly. You can also arrange to go on working visits to help with the pre festival set up and post festival pull down - contact Steve Cowing at Manjushri KMC for details of how to arrange such a visit.