The 2018 Summer Festival welcomes more than three thousand five hundred and fifty people from fifty-two countries.
"Welcome!" – Kadam Bridget told us at the beginning of the afternoon of the presentation of the Festival.
"Welcome to the 26th International Summer Festival"
] And he welcomed us. And it is this welcome that you feel upon your arrival at the Kadampa Manjushri Meditation Center. The sun shines, the smiles surface everywhere and a heat, internal and external, germinates everywhere. When you are greeted by new and old friends from previous Kadampa events, you feel the kindness that permeates everything. It's an affectionate reminder that you can open your heart fully, you are at home.
Kadam Bridget offered us a quote from Venerable Geshe Kelsang from a previous festival:
"Modern people are very intelligent, but they lack something.
(What? – asks Bridget – what do you miss?)
"They lack Dharma."
So, Kadam Bridget offered us a lot of good advice interspersed with excellent quotes , personal examples and amusing anecdotes about how not to miss the Dharma offered here at the Festival.
"Listen well because you never know when this Dharma can come into your mind … when you need it."
Personal. & # 39;
& # 39; During the Festival, teachings are everywhere. Leave everything and be all your masters!
It also reminded us to be careful when we are here, that we take the time to digest the Dharma that we receive and find moments to simply enjoy serenity.
Oh, and he also encouraged us to volunteer!
Kadam Bridget shared many practical tips and concluded To conclude the festival, we will feel "more secure spiritually , with greater confidence.
Let's go back to Geshela's statement that modern people lack Dharma:
"It would be wonderful if everyone listened and practiced Dharma and thus avoided wasting their precious human life and filling their lives with meaning.
This is precisely our opportunity here, now, during the festival.
] Everyone is welcome first appeared [1 9459036] Kadampa Festivals .