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 2020
More details to follow
Courses with Gen-la Dekyong
Dec 31, 2019
A Good Start to the New Year
Begin 2020 with Meditation December 31 New Year’s Eve celebration with a talk and meditation. Start the New Year with inspiration, confidence and joy.
Talk and Meditation starts 8:30 pm
Dec 31 - Jan 1, 2020
Celebrate the New Year with a One Day Retreat for World Peace
24 hour Tara Chanting Retreat
A wonderful way to begin the New Year! In the Kadampa Temple for World Peace, we will make praises and requests to our common holy Mother, Arya Tara, every four hours following the powerful prayers Liberation from Sorrow. Through turning to her, our good fortune will grow like a waxing moon. No previous experience required – just a mind wishing for a better year ahead and a better world.
Feb 28 – Mar 3, 2020
How to Destroy the Cycle of Suffering
Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment and teachings on the Wheel of Life
Even if we contemplate deeply the most sublime paintings and works of art we cannot gain benefits that compare with the benefits of contemplating and meditating on the diagram of the Wheel of Life. This is because this diagram reveals the complete path to liberation and enlightenment.
With Dharma wisdom, if we contemplate and meditate on the meaning of this diagram we can gain many experiences and realizations of the stages of the path. We can destroy the cycle of suffering, enter into the path to liberation, abandon all delusions and learn to cherish others.
Retreat following Gen-la weekend course with Gen Tharpa
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.