Teachings at the Spring Festival

May 26 – 31

Becoming a good-natured person with a good heart

Blessing empowerment of Buddha Maitreya and teachings on loving kindness with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

At this Festival, Gen-la Kelsang Jampa will explain how we can develop and maintain a good heart through the practice of loving kindness. He will begin by granting the blessing empowerment of Buddha Maitreya, the manifestation of the loving kindness of all Buddhas.

‘Maitreya is the manifestation of all the Buddhas’ realization of loving kindness; the loving kindness of all Buddhas appears in the aspect of Buddha Maitreya to lead living beings to the sincere practice of loving kindness. The function of this Buddha is to bestow the realization of loving kindness, and the realizations of affectionate love, wishing love, cherishing love, and the supreme good heart of bodhichitta.’

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Spring Festival 2009

If we rely upon Buddha Maitreya with faith we will receive his special care in this and all future lives. He will bestow upon us all the realizations of Kadam Lamrim, and especially the realization of loving kindness.

‘By making the determination to rely on Buddha Maitreya with faith we will receive this enlightened being’s special care in this life and in all our countless future lives. We now have a best friend for our future lives. When we die and after our death this precious best friend, this spiritual friend, will look after us. When we die we will have to leave everything behind, including all our friends, parents and surroundings – no one and nothing can help us. Only this kind of spiritual friend who is an enlightened being will care for us. At that time we will receive the Buddhas’ special care. In particular, through relying on Buddha Maitreya with faith he will bestow on us the realizations of the stages of the path, or Kadam Lamrim, through which we can solve our own and others’ problems, and fulfil our own and others’ wishes.’

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Spring Festival 2009