Festival Diaries 2022

Festival Diaries 2022

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Before the Festival

Only a few days before the start of the Canadian Festival! Packing the shop and making the tormas at the KMC Montreal KMC, everyone is preparing with joy and enthusiasm for the Canadian Festival!Looking forward to seeing you all at this national event!

Public Talk • May 11, 2022

200 people are introduced to Buddha’s teachings “Four Truths for Life” at the Ontario Science Centre
Public Talk: Four Truths for Life – Solving the World’s Problems with Compassion & Wisdom, with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

In this wonderful public talk, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab shared a practical commentary on the Four Noble Truths. Just as Buddha Shakyamuni turned the wheel of Dharma for the first time, he transmitted clear methods to develop the capacity of our mind, quoting the sublime instructions from the book “How to Solve Our Human Problems” by Venerable Geshe-la. An eloquent teaching on delusions to examine together how to solve the problems of our world thanks to Buddha’s teachings. 

The conference concluded with a message of hope for world peace, inspiring everyone to deepen the benefits of meditation and develop a calm and peaceful mind, which will benefit everyone in our modern world.

‘I just loved his humor, everything seemed digestible. I like the fact that it is Modern Buddhism, not culturally traditional. I am also new to this, so for me that was a perfect beginners’ talk about Buddhism and meditation.’ shares Geanie, a student living in Toronto, who recently graduated.

Day 1 • May 13, 2022

The Canadian festival is going to be magical!

Meet some of the volunteers who are preparing it!

How do you make a Pure Land appear? With joy! From all over Canada, everyone worked together in harmony! People from Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Calgary, etc.  volunteers who live thousands of kilometers away from each other, joyfully gathered together to create the causes for the flourishing of Kadam Dharma in Canada. It is a “Journey to the Pure Land” that is being prepared for us, and we are all invited. It is with joy and kindness that Kadampa practitioners from all walks of life contributed to appear a Pure Land, the vision of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

For more information on Meditation Modern Buddhism, visit: meditateintoronto.org

May the Canadian Festival begin!

‘Welcome everybody to the Canadian Festival 2022. Everybody welcome.’

‘Probably you know that Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche has inspired these festivals through his example: to meet, to gather regularly, to meet old friends, maybe to meet new ones.’

With these warm words our National Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab began the introduction of the festival.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab encouraged us to practice loving kindness, not in an abstract way, but by taking every opportunity this festival offers to sincerely cherish others, starting with everyone around us.

He transmitted a moving commentary on Geshe Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind, inspiring us to sincerely practice this timeless wisdom to find lasting happiness in our modern lives, and gradually become like a jewel: a person able to reduce the negative energy in our world.

A real banquet of delights awaits us at this festival!

Day 2 • May 14, 2022

“I will cherish all living beings without exception because this precious mind of love is the supreme method for solving all problems and fulfilling all wishes.” With these sublime instructions, Gen Kelsang Chogyan guided us in the morning meditation to prepare us to receive the empowerment of Buddha Amitayus. 

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab granted the magnificent empowerment of Buddha Amitayus, helping us to increase our life span, wisdom and merit, or good fortune. ‘We have much Dharma knowledge but we need Buddha’s blessings, this is our main practice. We ask ourself ‘How is my faith functioning today? How do we know our faith is functioning? We are strong, courageous, resilient, protected by our own peace of mind.’

Our National Spiritual Director challenged us to recognize that samsara is the experience of a self-centered mind, so that we can develop a sincere determination to destroy our self-cherishing to be able to truly help others by becoming Sangha for each other: supreme spiritual friends. 

This festival is the perfect opportunity to practice the precious instructions from The New Eight Steps to Happiness now.

Day 3 • May 15, 2022

How do we become a Kadampa practitioner? By transforming adversities into our spiritual path.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab concluded the teachings of this festival by reminding us why we need Kadampa Buddhism. To show to the people of this world the value of Kadampa teachings. These teachings are suitable for everybody: Buddhists or non-Buddhists, religious or not. What we need is practitioners showing a good example in our world.

Wishing love gives us tremendous strength. We learn to strengthen our practice, and to make it more stable, by transforming adversities, we can extract teachings from everything and reflect: “What am I learning from this situation?”

We would like to thank our National Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, from the depths of our hearts for the profound teachings filled with compassion and wisdom that he transmitted to us at this festival.

May we become good examples for everyone, remembering that “a Bodhisattva who accepts suffering patiently will always be happy”, so that every moment of our lives will have great meaning.

Day 4 • May 16, 2022

The importance of gathering

“All the happiness there is in this world arises from wishing others to be happy”

How fortunate we are to have been able to gather together for this first Canadian Festival in person in three years!This annual reunion offered us the opportunity to share, support and inspire each other.

It is thanks to Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s vision that we have all come together, no matter where we are from, with the same wish to sincerely practice Buddha’s teachings to benefit others.

May we remain as one mind, one direction, one path, one dedication, together with our Spiritual Guide.

Day 5 • May 17, 2022

Taking the teachings to heart

It is time to be on retreat

Gen Kelsang Suma kicked off the retreat reminding us of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s recent advice from the Mirror of Dharma: “We are like someone who is pretending. Because the determination that we generated during the meditation does not come from our heart, the moment we arise from meditation we forget our determination. […] I request you please reverse this sad situation.”

She gently guided us first to generate gratitude recognizing all the kindness we have received and that we are receiving from others during this festival. We then generated great compassion and wishing love. Gen Kelsang Suma encouraged us to carry the practice during the meditation break, continuously recognizing our self-cherishing when it arises in our mind, and focusing on cherishing others every moment of this festival.