Special Events


New Year Course: With the empowerment of Amitayus

Dec 29 – Jan 1


Join us for this New Year Course and Retreat to pause and reflect on how to make the most of your life. Spend three days in a beautiful and peaceful environment with teachings and guided meditations by the Buddhist monk and international Kadampa teacher, Gen Kelsang Togden. This is a meaningful way to spend your New Year: 29th Dec 2017 – 1 Jan 2018. This course starts with an introduction on Friday evening and finishes at lunchtime on Monday (New Year’s Day).

We know that there is nothing more important to us than our life. In Buddhism, there is a Buddha who protects our long life, wisdom and good fortune. This is Buddha Amitayus. During this event we will receive an empowerment — the special blessings from Buddha Amitayus — to strengthen our life force so that we can enjoy a long life, and increase our inner wealth and our inner wisdom so that we can use our life in the most beneficial way.

There will be a special New Year Celebration on New Year’s Eve included in this course to see in the New Year with candle-lit midnight prayers in the magical setting of Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre in Pocklington (near York).

Everyone is welcome! You don’t need to have experience of meditation to enjoy the benefits of this special course and retreat.


Email: info@madhyamaka.org

 Fri 29 Dec

7:30-9pm Introduction (Gen Togden)

Sat 30 Dec

9-9:45am Meditation (K. Chogma)
11am-1pm Amitayus Empowerment (Gen Togden)
4:30-6pm Commentary 1 (Gen Togden)
7:30-8:45 Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog

Sun 31 Dec

9-10am Amitayus Practice (K. Chogma)
11am-12:30pm Commentary 2 (Gen Togden)
3-4pm Amitayus Practice (K. Chogma)
4:30-6pm High Tea (in the Cafe)
8pm-12:15am New Year’s Eve Celebration

Mon 1 Jan

10-11:30am Brunch
11:30am-1pm Making the Most of our Life (Gen Togden)

New year celebration

New Year’s Eve Celebration


Every New Year’s Eve people from all walks of life gather at Madhyamaka KMC to reflect on the past year and make positive and meaningful decisions for the year to come. The evening usually consists of teetotal punch and snacks on arrival, a short talk and guided meditation led by the Resident Teacher, a magnificent vegetarian hot and cold buffet, and candle-lit prayers to see in the new year.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

8pm Hot punch

8:30 – 9:45pm Buffet

9:45 – 10:30pm Teaching

10:30 – 11pm Refreshments

11pm – 12:15am Guided meditation and candle-lit midnight prayers





Northern Dharma Celebration 2018 – Madhyamaka KMC – Sept 14 – 16
Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment with teachings on the Kadampa Way of Life

Enjoy a meaningful weekend of meditation and teachings to help increase your inner wisdom. The Northern Dharma Celebration is an annual event held in a peaceful and beautiful setting in Pocklington, near York. You will have the opportunity to relax, reflect and meditate in the company of like-minded people. By taking part in this weekend you will deepen your understanding of yourself and how to live a more meaningful life with wisdom.

The principal teacher this weekend will be Kadam Bridget Heyes, the UK National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition.

She is a senior disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, our founder and world-renowned Buddhist author. Kadam Bridget has been practising meditation and Kadampa Buddhism for over 25 years. She is known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart, and deep understanding of Buddha’s wisdom advice. Kadam Bridget’s teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way that are easy to practise and integrate into daily life. As a mother of two, she has a special insight into how to bring Buddhism alive to meet the demands of a busy modern life. Kadam Bridget shows an inspiring example for everyone on the spiritual path.


Gueshe la :)

The founder

This Dharma Celebration is founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. He has published a series of remarkable books on Buddhism and meditation, trained hundreds of qualified teachers, and is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism.





Kadam BridgetThe teacher

Kadam Bridget Heyes, UK National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU, shows a perfect example of of a wise and compassionate modern Buddhist.

She is a senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been practising and teaching meditation and Kadampa Buddhism for over 20 years. Her down-to-earth teachings and joyful example are an inspiration to all.

Kilnwick Percy HallMadhyamaka KMC was the first centre founded by renowned Buddhist Teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been located at Kilnwick Percy Hall since 1986.

Now an internationally-renowned Kadampa Meditation Centre, thousands of people attend courses, meditation classes and events throughout the year, as well as visit the gift shop, Bed and Breakfast, World Peace Cafe and historic building and grounds.

With 47 acres of grounds, including a beautiful lake, walled gardens, woodlands and parkland, it’s an ideal place to come for a stroll or a picnic. There are regular guided history tours of the building and grounds.

International Temples ProjectVenerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of NKT, has dedicated his life to helping the people of this world find true happiness by developing inner peace, or peace of mind, through meditation and other practices.
He has designed an international education programme that provides everyone regardless of nationality, age or gender with the opportunity to learn simple techniques for developing the capacity of their mind and eventually attaining the permanent inner peace of enlightenment. To date, this programme has been implemented in over forty countries.
Geshe Kelsang’s compassionate intention is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit. The ITP fosters the international development of a wide range of contemporary Buddhist institutions. These presently include Temples for World Peace, Kadampa Meditation Centres (KMCs), International Retreat Centres (IRCs), Kadampa Buddhist Centres (KBCs), World Peace Cafés, the International Schools Project, and Tharpa Publications. All these institutions provide a public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.
All International and National Festivals as well as Dharma Celebrations are hosted by KMCs and KBCs and many are held in the Temples for World Peace. The proceeds from all these courses are dedicated to public benefit through the ITP, so simply by attending them you are helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.

Prices and booking
Course fee:

Bookings must be accompanied by a minimum 25% non-refundable nontransferable deposit.
Schedule to follow shortly.

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