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The UK Dharma Celebration (UKDC) is a special course on Buddhism and meditation that explains how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern living. The UKDC is a precious opportunity to study and practise the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.

Taught by the National Spiritual Director of the UK Kadam Bridget Heyes, the Celebration is a holiday with a difference – giving you a chance to break free from the hectic routines of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. The UKDC will leave you relaxed, inspired and spiritually re-energised.

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Practising Wisdom in Daily Life

At 2016’s UKDC over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (25–28th March), Kadam Bridget will give a traditional blessing, an empowerment of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, as well as a series of practical teachings explaining how to apply the wisdom of ultimate truth, emptiness, in our busy lives to solve our daily problems and find lasting inner peace and joy.

Everybody is welcome, and no previous experience is necessary.

The UKDC is held at Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre in Derbyshire – a beautiful and peaceful venue which is particularly stunning in the spring-time as the 36 acres of parkland come to life. Close to the M6 and M1 as well as to East Midlands Airport, Tara KMC is easily accessible from throughout the UK and internationally.

Teachers

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The UK Dharma Celebration is inspired by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso., the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a contemporary Buddhist meditation master renowned throughout the world for the path of wisdom and compassion he has introduced into modern society. This special path is helping thousands of people in every continent find meaning and hope in their lives.

Through over 30 years of teachings, 21 authoritative books and a global network of Temples and meditation centres that he has established, he has made the immensely practical teachings of Buddha available to us in a form we can easily understand and practise in our busy modern lives.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso teaches that all the problems we face in the world originate in the mind and that the only way to solve them and to find true happiness, both for ourselves individually and for society as a whole, is to learn to improve our mind.

Without improving our mind there is no way to solve our human problems.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Kadam Bridget Heyes

The Celebration will be taught by Kadam Bridget Heyes, the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director for the UK and Resident Teacher of Nagarjuna Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Northamptonshire. Kadam Bridget is a dedicated disciple of Venerable Geshe-la, known for her powerful teachings and her compassionate heart. Kadam Bridget has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for many years and shows an inspiring example for everyone on the spiritual path.

Programme

At 2016’s UKDC, our National Spiritual Director Kadam Bridget Heyes will give the blessing empowerment of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, as well as practical teachings on how to apply the wisdom of ultimate truth, emptiness, in our busy lives – to solve our daily problems and find lasting inner peace and joy.

As well as the blessing empowerment and teachings, the programme includes guided meditations, prayers and plenty of time to enjoy relaxing in the company of a good-hearted community in the beautiful, blessed surroundings of Tara KMC.

Everybody is welcome, and no previous experience is necessary.

Check back soon for the timetable of events.

Timetable of Events

Day Event Time
Friday 25th March Introduction 8.00pm
Saturday 26th March Meditation 9.00am
Empowerment 11.00am
Teaching 4.30pm
Chanted Prayers 8.30pm
Sunday 27th March Meditation 9.00am
Teaching 11.00am
Teaching 4.30pm
Chanted Prayers 8.30pm
Monday 28th March Meditation 9.00am
Teaching 11.00am

Location

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Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre at Ashe Hall is a beautiful and peaceful venue in the gentle, rolling countryside of South Derbyshire. The KMC has 38 acres of gardens and woods to enjoy, which are particularly stunning in the spring-time, as well as the very popular World Peace Café in the old Coach-house in the courtyard. Tara KMC is also home to the world’s first Kadampa Primary School. It’s the ideal place to get away from it all, relax and be inspired.

Close to the M6 and M1 as well as to East Midlands Airport, Tara KMC is easily accessible from throughout the UK and internationally.

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Find out more about Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre here.

Contact

Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre (KMC)
Ashe Hall
Ash Lane
Etwall
Derbyshire, UK
DE65 6HT

+44 (0)1283 732338
Reception is open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

info@ukdharmacelebration.org

 

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