Dharma Celebration. The Healing Power of Wisdom. Manjushri Empowerment and teachings on Emptiness with Kadam Bridget Heyes.

The Dharma celebration enables everyone North, South, East, and West of the Island of Ireland to meet up, listen to Buddha’s teachings and meditate together.

Friday 13 – Sunday 15 May 2022 | Ards Friary, Donegal

Attend in person, stay for the weekend, just come for sessions or tune in from home.


At this retreat, Kadam Bridget Heyes will grant the special Empowerment of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri and give teachings on the Healing nature of Buddha’s most profound Wisdom teachings on Emptiness.

When wisdom is in our hearts, our mind is very clear, confident, and free from disturbing thoughts. Since all negative minds are based on the opposite of wisdom – confusion – everyone needs to develop wisdom.

There is one type of wisdom that through its realisation will permanently heal us from mental pain, the source of all our unhappiness. This wisdom, called ‘Emptiness’, is the profound realisation that everyone in our world exists as a mere appearance to our mind, like a dream.

The retreat is open to everyone. It will begin with the Blessing Empowerment of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri. This is a special Buddhist meditation practice whereby, through guided meditation and visualisation we can connect to our own potential for inner peace, as well as receiving positive energy, inspiration, and authentic joy onto our hearts.

Then Kadam Bridget will explain the practice of Wisdom Buddha Manjushri and how to connect to him.


Kadam Bridget Heyes
NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director of the UK and Ireland

Kadam Bridget is known for her clear teachings, compassionate heart, and deep understanding of Buddhist wisdom. A Buddhist teacher and senior student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 25 years, she is the National Spiritual Director of Kadampa Buddhism for the UK and Ireland.


Fri 13 May
19:30 – 21:00 Introduction

Sat 14 May
09:00 – 10:00 Guided Meditation
11:00 – 13:00 Empowerment
16:30 – 18:00 Teaching
20:00 – 21:00 Puja/Chanted Prayers

Sun 15 May
09:00 – 10:00 Guided Meditation
11:00 – 12:30 Teaching


All Inclusive Accommodation
Single Room £200
Small Double (for two people) £360

Please note: Ards Friary do not have ensuite rooms available.

Pricing Breakdown

Weekend Sessions £50

Meals, tea & coffee throughout
Fri £15
Sat £30
Sun £15
All meals £60
Sessions and meals only £110

Online only. Zoom and Video Catch-up £40

Single £45
Double £70


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