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"Creating World Peace"
with Gen Kelsang Rigpa

April 19 - 21

In a world of so much fear and anxiety, and where inwardly we have such a hard time maintaining peace, it is clear we need enlightened help - swift help and powerful blessings on the minds of all of us. Because of Arya Tara’s strong connection with Atisha, the Founder of Kadam Lamrim, she promised to give special care, protection, and blessings to Atisha’s followers who sincerely practice Kadam Lamrim.

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Compassion & Fasting Retreat 2024

Introduction - April 3 at 6:30pm
Retreat - April 5 - 6

We celebrate Buddha’s Enlightenment Day with this special fasting and purification retreat, also known as Nyungnay. This is a very powerful spiritual practice for pacifying unpeaceful, suffering minds such as desirous attachment and hatred. By turning to the Buddha of Compassion with meditation, prayer, fasting, physical prostrations (those who are able), and reciting mantras - all motivated by the compassionate wish to help this troubled world we receive powerful blessings, help and purification.

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Meditation Changes Everything

So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we will be able to reduce this stress.

We will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of our usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with, we will naturally feel warm and well disposed towards other people, and our relationships with others will gradually improve.

We should train in this preliminary meditation until we gain some experience of it. However, if we want to attain permanent, unchanging inner peace, and if we want to become completely free from problems and suffering, we need to advance beyond simple breathing meditation to more practical forms of meditation, such as the cycle of twenty-one Lamrim meditations explained in

The New Meditation Handbook

by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso