May 21st Morning Course: Connecting with Buddha, Supreme Unchanging Friend

A Commentary to the Liberating Prayer

10.30am – 1.30pm

Regular/Concessions

A Commentary to the Liberating Prayer

Prayer is a way of making a connection with higher beings and  receiving their inspiring energy to transform and uplift our mind. The Liberating Prayer is addressed to Buddha Shakyumuni, the founder of Buddhism.  Through connecting with these words we can begin to develop our own potential for the deep and lasting peace of enlightenment.

About this Course:

If you have attended classes at Akanishta KBC, you may have wondered, what is the point in reciting Liberating Prayer and what is its meaning? 

Gen Losel will give an explanation and commentary to this powerful prayer through which we will come to understand the full meaning of what we are reciting – and the extraordinary transformative results we can gain from this practice!

May 27th – 29th  Guru Yoga Mandala Retreat

Whole Retreat/Pay Per Day

Both prices include the introductory teaching

Guru Yoga and Mandala offering retreat combines two of the four great preliminary guides that we need to practice if we want to gain Mahamudra realisations – the quick path to enlightenment.

We all wish for spiritual realisations, but these depend upon creating certain inner conditions such as purifying negativity, accumulating merit, and receiving blessings.

About this retreat: 

In this retreat we focus on the preliminary practices of accumulating merit and receiving blessings. Making mandala offerings is the gateway to accumulating the collection of merit and attaining an enlightened pure land and Guru yoga is the gateway to receiving powerful blessings of all the Buddhas of the ten directions through our Spiritual Guide.

Gen Kelsang Losel will guide the principal meditations in each session  so that you can become familiar with how to engage in this blessed and powerful practice.

Retreat Schedule: 

Thursday 26th
Introduction: 7pm

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th
Session Times:

Session 1: 9.30-11am
Session 2: 11.30 – 1pm
Session 3: 3 – 4.30pm

(Sunday Session 3 is Melodious Drum puja – 3-6.30pm)

June 4th  Offering Our Faith

A Celebration of the Birthday of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
at Akanishta KBC and all Kadampa Centres worldwide.

Free of Charge – Donations are Welcomed

On June 4, Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day, we will celebrate the 91st birthday of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Every day we remember the extraordinary kindness of Venerable Geshe-la, our Root Guru and Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.But on this auspicious day, Kadampa centres around the world, with minds of rejoicing and gratitude, we will offer him our faith through using the special prayer Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from his Faithful Disciples and collecting our Guru’s name mantra in a one-day retreat.

This event is suitable for everyone and is an opportunity to make or deepen your connection with the source of all the benefits we receive from attending Akanishta Kadampa Buddhist Centre which exists and flourishes through the kindness of Venerable Geshe-la.

Everyone is welcome to join in this event and after the second session there will be a ‘pot-luck’ lunch – bring something delicious to share!

Saturday 4th Session Times:

Session 1: 10-11.30am
Session 2: 12 – 1pm
Session 3: 3 –  4pm
Session 4:  5 – 6.30pm (Offering to the Spiritual Guide )

June 5th World Peace:  Together We Can Make it Happen

Prayers for World Peace

10.30am – 12pm

Come along on the first (or second) Sunday of each month and feel empowered to change yourself and change the world. The focus is on solutions to problems in daily life, including genuine optimism through the development of a peaceful heart.

About the Class:

This class includes a guided breathing meditation, a short teaching and beautiful chanted prayers for world peace.  No prior experience is necessary.

The talk explores one relevant topic from Buddha’s teachings, which focus on solutions to problems in daily life, inducing genuine altruism, optimism and increased happiness. After the class everyone is welcome to enjoy some refreshments and enjoy the peaceful environment of the Centre.

No need to book – just turn up – this is a free class and everyone is welcome – from kids to grannies!

“By genuinely  cherishing all living beings, we will always act with loving kindness, in a friendly and considerate way, and they will return our kindness. Others will not act unpleasantly towards us, and there will be no basis for conflict or disputes. People will come to like us, and our relationships will become more stable and satisfying”.  Eight Steps to Happiness, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

June 25th  Karma:  Creating a Confident Future

10.30am – 1.30pm

Regular/Concessions

Why me? That’s the question we often ask when we find ourselves immersed in problems. But do we have an actual answer to that question? Or do we just feel unlucky? Or that we’ve been dealt an unfair hand?

About this course:

Buddha’s teachings on the law of karma give us a clear and practical explanation on why things happen the way they do, and how we can begin to change our experiences for the better. Rather than just seeking happiness, we can learn to create it as a future experience and through understanding karma transform our difficulties right now.

Karma is simply a special instance of cause and effect, played out moment by moment in the minds of living beings. During this morning we will gain insight into this most important topic and put ourselves in the driver’s seat of our own life.

July 3rd World Peace:  Together We Can Make it Happen

Prayers for World Peace

10.30am – 12pm

Come along on the first (or second) Sunday of each month and feel empowered to change yourself and change the world. The focus is on solutions to problems in daily life, including genuine optimism through the development of a peaceful heart.

About the Class:

This class includes a guided breathing meditation, a short teaching and beautiful chanted prayers for world peace.  No prior experience is necessary.

The talk explores one relevant topic from Buddha’s teachings, which focus on solutions to problems in daily life, inducing genuine altruism, optimism and increased happiness. After the class everyone is welcome to enjoy some refreshments and enjoy the peaceful environment of the Centre.

No need to book – just turn up – this is a free class and everyone is welcome – from kids to grannies!

“By genuinely  cherishing all living beings, we will always act with loving kindness, in a friendly and considerate way, and they will return our kindness. Others will not act unpleasantly towards us, and there will be no basis for conflict or disputes. People will come to like us, and our relationships will become more stable and satisfying”.  Eight Steps to Happiness, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

16th July –  Pure Confidence

10.30am – 1.30pm

Regular/Concessions

Sometimes we lack confidence in ourselves because we compare ourselves with others who have accomplished things we may have no hope of achieving. If we look instead at our own real potential and strive to achieve it – we will never lack confidence or be disappointed in ourself!

About this course

Even though we may have many wishes, because we lack confidence we find it difficult to accomplish many of them. To fulfil our spiritual wishes to improve ourself and benefit others, we definitely need pure confidence. On this course we will learn how we can develop the inner strength we need to overcome our limitations and accomplish our spiritual goals.

 

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