The Australian Dharma Celebration is a spiritual holiday where like-minded
people from across the country gather to receive special blessings and teachings
from our National Spiritual Director, Gen Kelsang Rabten. During this celebration,
Gen Rabten will grant the blessing empowerment of Medicine Buddha and give
teachings on Kadam Lamrim: the stages of the path to enlightenment.
Medicine Buddha is a Buddha doctor whose function is to cure our inner
and outer sickness; in particular, our delusions of uncontrolled desire, anger and
self-grasping ignorance. In this empowerment, we will create a special inner
connection with the enlightened mind of Medicine Buddha through engaging in a
series of simple yet profound guided meditations. In this way, Medicine Buddha’s
blessings will touch our heart and empower us to realise all of the stages of the path
to enlightenment and enjoy the bliss that comes from these realisations.
After the empowerment, Gen Rabten will explain how it is possible to heal
ourself and others by practising the special sequence of Kadam Lamrim meditations
presented in modern Kadampa Buddhism. By taking the medicine of Kadam Lamrim,
we will draw closer to our potential, and all of our pain, worries and suffering will
become a distant memory. Eventually, we ourself will become a Medicine Buddha
and have the power to guide all living beings, including our family and friends, to the
permanent happiness of enlightenment.