Sunday 21st July at Tara IKRC

The Art of Making Tormas

Sunday 21st July
10am - 1pm

Tormas are traditional offerings, usually made of yellow and white marzipan and then painted with red food colouring, that are offered to the Buddhas in various ritual practices and prayers such as empowerments, retreats and chanted prayers. The Teacher, Kelsang Pagma, will share her wealth of experience in the art of making tormas, as well as explaining the meaning of torma offerings. Everyone will get the chance to practice.  You are welcome to bring your own marzipan!

Inner Peace

Sunday 21st July
10:30am - 11:45am
The number one thing we think when we begin to practice Dharma and meditation later in life is: “Boy, I wish I had started doing this when I was younger!”. Learning to control our own mind and develop a meditation practice early in life is immeasurably beneficial.

We invite your children to make a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement to help them realise their full potential.

Suitable for ages 5 to 12 years.

With Gen Kelsang Tonglam - National Spiritual Director of Kadampa Buddhism for East Asia and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Hong Kong and Kadampa Meditation Centre Taiwan.

Post Summer Festival Retreat

Sunday 11th August - Saturday 17th August
An opportunity to take the teachings of NKT International Summer Festival deep into our hearts with profound meditations and commentary on the teachings from the festival

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Each class of the term is self-contained, so you are welcome to join at any point. Each class is followed by complimentary refreshments and the opportunity to ask questions. We also have many books and materials available to help you deepen your understanding and meditation experience through further reading. 

You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend, and no previous experience of meditation is required. Everybody is welcome!

Empowerment, Commentary and close retreat of dorje shugden

Winter Retreat 2025

with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

Free Events at Tara IKRC

Blessings for a Year

Meet all the Buddhas throughout the year
Thursdays 7:30pm

A monthly event throughout the year focused on meeting and engaging in the practice of different Kadampa Deities. Enjoy a rare opportunity to engage in these very special chanted prayers that help us to make our life more meaningful. No need to book and no fee, just drop in!

The prayers start at 7.30 pm and the duration varies based on the prayer booklets (sadhana) we use.

Lunchtime Meditation

Monday - Friday 12:30-12:50pm
(except during retreats, so please check the calendar)

The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful so that we can find relief from mental discomfort, worries or anxiety.

These twenty minute sessions will allow you to truly relax and de-stress so you can return to your day feeling clear-headed and refreshed. A typical session includes a short talk and a guided breathing meditation.
No need to book, just drop in! Everyone is welcome!

Prayers for World Peace

Sundays at 2:00-2:45pm
(except during retreats, so please check the calendar)

Take a break from your day and find some inner calm.

Enjoy relaxing guided meditation, a short teaching on love and compassion, and the beautiful Prayers for World Peace that will help you navigate life with a more peaceful, positive mind. No need to book. Just drop in! Everyone is welcome!

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I don't know if I can express with words everything I've lived in this wonderful place! I think as much as I try, I can't because it was just magical! The beauty of the place, the peace that the place brought me, the meditations, the people who lived there or just volunteered, everything was just perfect, everything was as it should have been. I just have to thank everything I've experienced and I highly recommend it! I will definitely be back too!
— Joseli
A very special and beautiful place. The people are incredibly sweet and welcoming. The meditation classes and retreats are well-designed for all levels, and the rooms are very comfortable for a long-term stay. I have a transformational experience every time I visit here.
— Tomoko Saeki
Such an amazing place. You can feel the calming influence as soon as you get there. Lovely staff and the food and drinks are great too.
— George Allen
Such an amazing place. Have stayed there twice now, once for a retreat and once during the week just so I cpuld be in the energy of the teachings and get reconnected again. I highly recommend the teachings and even if you don't follow Buddhism it's a beautiful energy to be in
— Claire Roche
Loved it. Beautiful gardens and lovely teachings by the lovely Buddhists The cafe was great and food was healthy and tasty . Will be visiting again
— Wendi M
I have just returned from the weekend retreat and have to say I had the most wonderful time! I had never been anywhere like this before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Wow, it is such a beautiful place with beautiful people. The classes and meditations are very clear and eye opening. I will now be using these in my daily life and want to learn a lot more. I will definitely be back. Thank you so much for a life-changing weekend.
— Gemma H
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— Greg H
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Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre


Ashe Hall
Ash Lane
DE65 6HT