At 2017’s UKDC over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (14–17th April), Kadam Bridget will give the traditional blessing empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva, the Buddha of purification, as well as a series of practical teachings explaining how to rely on him in our busy lives to purify and let go of past mistakes and move forward into a positive future of lasting inner peace and joy.
When things go wrong in our life and we encounter difficult situations, we tend to regard the situation itself as our problem, but in reality whatever problems we experience come from the side of the mind. If we were to respond to difficult situations with a positive or peaceful mind they would not be problems for us; indeed, we may even come to regard them as challenges or opportunities for growth and development. Problems arise only if we respond to difficulties with a negative state of mind.
Normally when things go wrong in our life we seek protection in external thing, but these things cannot protect us from the real problems in our life, which exist within our mind. Buddhist Refuge is the practice of seeking protection where it can really be found: in Buddha, the source of all wisdom and blessings, in Dharma, his spiritual instructions and in Sangha our spiritual friends.
Meditation makes our mind peaceful, and when our mind is peaceful we are happy all the time, even if our external conditions are difficult. Through this understanding we can appreciate the importance of meditation... [read more]