Open to everyone, the Australian Dharma Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a spiritual break with like-minded people from around Australia. During the celebration Gen Kelsang Rabten will grant the empowerment of Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara, and give teachings on how to develop our compassionate heart.

Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas. By making a close connection with him and engaging in his meditation practices we will continually receive this Buddha’s special blessings and thereby experience inner peace, a peaceful mind, all the time. We will also make rapid progress in our Dharma practice and gain the ability to control our anger, attachment, and self-grasping ignorance.

During this national Kadampa gathering, Gen Rabten will explain how to develop the deep peace of compassion in our own mind. When our mind becomes pervaded by the purity of compassion, the impure world that we normally see starts to disappear, and we begin to perceive a new, pure world; our aspirations become pure, thereby giving us a tireless energy to benefit others; and our peace of mind becomes unshakeable. Finally, by perfecting our compassion and conjoining it with wisdom, we will have discovered the true meaning of life and the method for fulfilling our own and others’ deepest wishes.