In this year’s Florida Dharma Celebration held at Kadampa Meditation Center Florida, we will receive the blessing empowerment of Medicine Buddha from Gen Kelsang Jampa, our Eastern US National Spiritual Director.
Medicine Buddha is The Healing Buddha, or Buddha Doctor, whose function is to release living beings from outer and inner sickness. By relying upon Medicine Buddha sincerely, living beings in these impure times can be cured of heavy physical and mental disease, and find release from the internal pain of three poisons: attachment, anger, and ignorance. We can develop a special power of body, speech, and mind, which we can then use to help others through healing actions.
An empowerment is a beautiful blessing and guided meditation that enables us to create a special connection with an enlightened being. Join the Florida Kadampa Buddhist community for a weekend of guided meditations and instructions on the practice of Medicine Buddha which is a method to cure inner and outer sickness.
Open to everyone, the annual Florida Dharma Celebration is a joyous occasion when people gather from around this region to receive spiritual inspiration and wisdom. It provides us with an opportunity to relax and enjoy a meaningful spiritual vacation – receiving personal advice to improve our lives, meditating on transformative teachings, and spending time with friends in the tranquil environment of the Florida Kadampa Meditation Center – an oasis in the beautiful city of Sarasota.
Everyone, whether new to Buddhism or an experienced practitioner, is welcome. Beginners will gain practical methods to solve life’s problems, while students of many years will be further inspired on their spiritual path.
Florida Dharma Celebration Schedule
The Celebration will begin with an introduction on Friday evening at 7pm.
The provisional teaching schedule is below. Please note this is subject to change.
9 – 10am
9 – 10am
|Empowerment 11am – 1pm||Teaching 11am – 12:30pm|
|Lunch 1 – 2pm||Lunch 12:30 – 2pm|
|Room check in & registration 4 – 7pm||Teaching 3 – 4:30pm||Teaching 2:30 – 4:00pm|
|Cafe 5:30 – 6:30pm||Dinner 5:00 – 6pm||Clean-up 4:00 – 5:30pm|
|Intro 7 – 8:30pm||Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog
7 – 8 pm
The following prayer booklets will be used. If needed they will be available for purchase in the bookstore.
Prayers for Meditation (for teachings)
The Yoga of Great Mother Prajnaparamita (for the Sunday morning meditation)
Wishfulfilling Jewel (for Saturday evening)
Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche (for Saturday evening and last teaching on Sunday)