A Special Union – Festivals Kadampas

The festivals, as we recalled Gen-la Jampa in his first speech giving us the special message of Venerable Geshe-la, are essential for "maintaining the International Buddhist Kadampa Union" for the future generations. There are many levels of meaning for the term Union, but one of them is clearly that at the Festival, we act together as a collective, a union of practitioners from around the world. We meditate together, let's eat together, listen to the Dharma and create virtuous minds together, discuss, socialize and work together, together create virtue. We are, by being here now, creating the International Buddhist Kadampa Union for the present and for the future. Being at the Festival is powerful and creates powerful karma. And you feel it. A woman, attending her first Festival, said that she was amazed by the kindness of everyone, people from around the world!

The Festival expresses World Peace and creates World Peace at the same time. It's a good example for a world that really needs it.

Thus begins the day with a union of meditators, guided by Gen Ananda, meditating on the deep and expansive clarity of the mind. Then Gen-la Jampa continues to give us all a precious Dharma Jewel after the other while he fills his speech with published and unpublished quotations from Venerable Geshe-la, as well as Buddha, Shantideva, Atisha, Geshe Chekawa, Milarepa. Marvelous

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[Not available] 19659003] In the morning, Gen-la Jampa helps us to generate together the "joyful spirit" of renunciation (merry because we abandon the ocean of samsara and go towards the bliss of perfect freedom), and for to generate the determination to practice the Three Higher Formations as a method to accomplish this freedom. In both speeches, he encourages us to overcome distraction, especially by turning good and bad experiences into meditation objects. He says, quoting Geshe-la, "Kadampa practitioners who do this will have no distractions since all the distractions are turned into objects of meditation, such a person can attain enlightenment very quickly." [19659003]

In the afternoon, Gen-la Jampa helps us explore the mistakes of self-cherishing. Another gem of Venerable Geshe-la: "You must be tired of self-love. The plan of self-concern and activity do not work. To think that my happiness and my freedom are important, then to seek happiness and freedom in the ocean of suffering does not work! In this way, together, we generate the determination to stop our self-cherishing and cherish others.

In the evening, we gather in our temple of world peace to make a jewel with a gift of tsog. An international assembly uniting their minds in prayer and aspiration. There is no doubt that these prayers are reverberating throughout the world and in the future.

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