Following in the Footsteps of Buddha
New Year's Weekend Retreat

Saturday, December 30 – Sunday, December 31
with Kadam Trina Gunther

2,500 years after the passing of Buddha, his message continues to resonate. Through adopting special ways of thinking we can improve our qualities of inner peace, love and patience, and cause our problems and unhappiness to cease. Attaining a truly peaceful mind and kind heart is the best gift we can give to ourself, our families, and the world.

In this weekend retreat we will learn who Buddha was and explore his liberating path, which is perfectly suited for modern life, through learning the meaning of the profound Liberating Prayer. Through guided meditation on these meanings we will create a heart connection with this transcendent enlightened being, through which we can receive great spiritual protection, healing and nourishment.

It will be followed by an opportunity to start 2024 by going for refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the ‘Three Jewels’ of Buddhism. Kadam Trina will give a New Year’s Eve Talk and grant the Refuge Vows.


Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso said, ‘The Liberating Prayer is not an ordinary prayer - it is like a text and has profound meaning. All Lamrim teachings - renunciation, bodhichitta, correct view of emptiness - are included in this prayer. I can say very few people have understanding of the Liberating Prayer. It definitely needs commentary by a Teacher. If we understand and contemplate its meaning - it is the best method to develop faith in Buddha and his teachings, which is our spiritual life and the root of all Dharma realizations.”


Saturday, Dec 30

9:00-10:30am - Session 1
11:00am-12:30pm - Session 2
1:30-3:00pm - Session 3

Sunday, Dec 31

                 9:00-10:30am - Session 4
                11:00am-12:30pm - Session 5
                1:30-3:00pm - Session 6

6:00-8:30pm - Alternative New Year’s Eve
(Separate Event - Click Here)


All registrations include a delicious vegetarian lunch!

Full Weekend

Saturday Only

Sunday Only

For members of Heruka KMC, this retreat can be live-streamed on zoom particularly for those who live at a formidable distance or have other mobility constraints. To receive the zoom link for this retreat, please contact Kelsang Evam at

With Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

Kadam Trina Gunther is a long-time practitioner of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. She has studied and practiced in Dharma centers under Gen-la Dekyong and Gen Rigpa, and she has worked as Education Program Coordinator at centers in Los Angeles and the UK. She is an inspiring example of a lay practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, and brings with her a wealth of practical experience of putting Buddha's teachings into practice amidst a busy daily life.

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