Amoghasiddhi Kadampa Buddhist Centre
Date: Sunday 27th to Thursday 31st August
Times and Costs: See below

Liberating Prayer Retreat

Without Buddha’s kindness we would not know the real causes of happiness or the real causes of suffering.Buddha taught us how all happiness and suffering depend upon the mind. He showed us how to abandon those states of mind that cause suffering and cultivate those states of mind that cause happiness.In other words, he taught us perfect methods for overcoming suffering and attaining happiness. No one else taught us these methods. How kind Buddha is! It is for this reason that Kadampa Buddhists begin every practice by reciting this special prayer to Buddha composed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Please give me the light of your wisdom
To dispel the darkness of my mind
And to heal my mental continuum

One of the most central practices at Kadampa Centres around the world is the recitation and contemplation of the Liberating Prayer. This brief and beautiful praise to Buddha Shakyamuni, composed by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso directly for the people of this modern world, is a profound exploration of the nature of enlightenment that allows us to open up to and connect with the blessings of the Buddhas, thereby greatly inspiring us on our own path to enlightenment.

Kelsang Gyalpo will guide meditations and share insights based upon Geshe Kelsang’s commentaries that will allow us to go deeper in our contemplation’s on this beautiful, poetic, inspiring prayers.

Gen la Dekyong who is our General Spiritual Director had many one to one conversations with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and she would ask for time to time questions, the following extract is some of the advice given to Gen-la Dekyong.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ‘This is special view the liberating prayer is not an ordinary prayer other religions  may have simple prayers it is like a text. It has profound meaning. Definitely, it needs commentary by a teacher verbally. I can say very few people have understanding of the liberating prayer for example, how do you prove your body is like a wish fulfilling jewel, your body is a wish fulfilling jewel. How do you prove this? When people understand the real meaning, as we are using this with every puja and practice, it makes people happy. All lamrim teachings are included in this prayer. It is so special renunciation bodhichitta correct view of emptiness. It is a very condensed prayer, a very profound prayer. [and later, Venerable Geshe-la said ] it is a very special prayer. It contains the whole of lamrim of Sutra and Tantra”.

Information, booking & costs schedule

Everybody is welcome. This retreat is suitable for all levels of experience
Booking: Please pay on the day or book below
Cost: £3.00 per session/ £5 for the whole day / £20 for the full retreat Free to members


9.00 am to 10.15 am Session 1

10.15 am to 11.15 pm Break

11.15 pm to 12.30 pm Session 2

12.30 to 1.15pm Lunch

1.15 pm to 2.00pm Heart Jewel Prayers

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm Break

4.00 pm to 5.15 pm Session 3

7.00 pm to 8.15 pm Session 4

Liberating Prayer Retreat

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