2018 NKT-IKBU International

Fall Festival

OCT 5 - 11   ·   Deuachen Kadampa Meditation Centre, Portugal



Blessing empowerment of Buddha Amitayus and teachings on The New Eight Steps to Happiness

With Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

‘Je Tsongkhapa said that for those who wish to experience pure happiness, the greatest obstacles to the fulfilment of their wishes are death and ignorance. Death destroys our opportunity to take the essence of our precious human life, and ignorance destroys our opportunity to develop a pure experience of Dharma. To overcome these obstacles, we need to increase our lifespan and our wisdom, and the principal method for doing this is the yoga of Buddha Amitayus.’

- From the Introduction to Yoga of Buddha Amitayus sadhana

At this Festival Gen-la Khyenrab will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha Amitayus. Through relying on Buddha Amitayus we can lengthen our own and others’ lifespan, attain the profound wisdom of clear light, and accumulate a vast wealth of merit, or good fortune.

Gen-la Khyenrab will also explain the essential practices of training the mind based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s book The New Eight Steps to Happiness. These practices focus in particular on how we can develop authentic love and compassion, and transform the problems and difficulties of everyday life into valuable spiritual insights. By using the timeless wisdom revealed in this book, we can find meaning and lasting happiness in our busy modern lives.

‘In the text on which this book is based, Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa has condensed the very essence of Buddhadharma into eight short verses. Through contemplating the meaning of these verses we will see that they contain a step-by-step path to complete inner peace and happiness. If we sincerely put these teachings into practice we will gradually subdue our destructive and self-centred habits of mind and replace them with the positive minds of unconditional love and compassion.'

'Through putting the instructions given in this book into practice we will develop and maintain a peaceful mind all the time so that we will be happy all the time. This is the real meaning of seeking happiness from a different source.'

- Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, The New Eight Steps to Happiness