‘Supreme Unchanging Friend’

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni

Saturday, 5th December with optional day retreat on Sunday, 6th December

supreme unchanging friend

In this time of great uncertainty, we are all looking for something that we can actually rely upon. Buddha and his teachings are completely reliable and can never deceive us or let us down, even at the time of our death. By gaining experience of Buddha’s teachings we can come to live a life of hope and great meaning and to regard Buddha as our supreme unchanging friend.

Everybody is welcome to join us for this special opportunity to receive the blessing empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni. By receiving this empowerment, you will receive healing blessings on your body, speech and mind which will enable you to begin to awaken the potential of your mind for pure and lasting states of happiness.

The empowerment is like a very special guided visualisation that enables us to make a deep connection with living Buddha, a bit like being introduced to a very special friend.

In the afternoon, Gen Kelsang Leksang will give an explanation of ‘The Liberating Prayer’ and explain how by engaging in this prayer, we can draw closer to Buddha and receive his blessings and inspiration whenever we wish. The more we learn how to open our mind to receive Buddha’s blessings, the more we will be able to transform ourself and make progress on our path to peace.

The empowerment day will be followed by an optional one day retreat in which we will explore a special prayer practice that functions to bless, empower and purify our mind ready for meditation.


Saturday 5th December

10.30am to 12.30pm: Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment

2 to 3.30pm: Commentary to ‘The Liberating Prayer’

Sunday 6th December

10am-11am: retreat session 1, 12pm-1pm: retreat session 2, 2.30pm-3.30pm: retreat session 3

Course Options:

  1. Attend the course at the centre (this is subject to lockdown restriction having been lifted). Please book in advance – if you are a member and would like to attend the course at the centre then please email us to book your place. Bookings will close at 10pm on the Friday 4th December. Unfortunately we are not able to provide lunch but you are welcome to bring your own and you can eat it in the centre – if you choose to do this we will allocate reserved seating for you and drinks will be served to you at your table. For full details of our safeguarding measures and guidelines please click here.
  2. Join the course as a live streaming event – please note bookings for the live course will close 15 minutes before the start time
  3. Watch the recorded version – this will be available to purchase after the Sunday live stream and will be available for viewing for 7 days until the following Friday.

Please select the required option below.

Course Fees:

Saturday full day: £30 (£18), Empowerment only: £20 (£12 concession*),  Full weekend: £40 (£24), Sunday only: £12 (£7.20)

Free for Member plus and Benefactors

***To find out about the benefits of membership and the different options please click here.***

At the Centre*

Bookings will close at 10pm on Friday 4th December

'Supreme Unchanging Friend' at the Centre

Live Stream

'Supreme Unchanging Friend' Live Stream


Recording option will be available following the Saturday course

To Connect to the Course Online: This course is being made available online via Zoom – for further details of how to connect please click here

*Concessions: to reflect our wish to make these meditation classes as accessible as possible during these difficult times, we are providing this reduced class fee for those who need it. In return, we ask that you consider carefully whether this applies to you, recognising that all income generated goes towards our continued ability to provide these classes and enable our Centre to function.

Kind Request: please be aware that these sessions are intended for people living within the West Midlands region. If you have a Kadampa Centre closer to you we ask you to please support them instead. In this way all our Centres will still be here to serve their communities when this difficult period comes to an end. Thank you.