The day finally arrived for the beginning of a deeply meaningful and joyful rally at the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center – the 2018 International Spring Festival. More than 1,600 people from 40 countries arrive at the cradle of modern Kadampa Buddhism in this world, where the venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has lived and taught for over 30 years.
As cars and buses bring more and more people into this blessed environment, you can hear laughter and warm greetings among spiritual friends. Wherever you look, you see people holding the last book of Venerable Geshe La, The Dharma Mirror, revealing how to find the true meaning of human life. How lucky we are!
With smiling faces and growing anticipation, everyone makes their way inside the magnificent Kadampa Temple for World Peace to receive the first teaching of Gen-la Thubten
on the book of the Venerable Geshe La, New Heart of Wisdom. He explained that wisdom is a virtuous intelligent mind that works to dispel the inner darkness of ignorance. Through this we have understood the great opportunity that we now have to increase the light of our wisdom and free ourselves from problems and suffering.
 Gen-la encouraged us by showing his own joy in this precious Dharma and declared that the festival's slogan was: "Now is the time to finally give up ignorance!" This is possible for us because we have met the Buddha of wisdom in the practice of the perfection of wisdom in general and the highest perfection of wisdom in particular.
To help us with this special practice of wisdom, tomorrow we will meet Prajnaparamita and receive his powerful blessings. What a wonderful start to our spiritual vacation.