Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment

Teachings on Realising Your Full Potential

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th December 2023

Host Venue: KMC Plymouth

A fantastic weekend of inspiring meditation and teachings with internationally renowned Kadampa Buddhist teacher, Kadam Bridget Heyes, NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director for the UK.

The Southwest Dharma Celebration 2023, which is open to everyone, will include a Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism in this world.

By receiving this empowerment, we will make a deep personal connection with Buddha Shakyamuni. By relying sincerely on Buddha and his instructions to us, we are certain to fulfil the potential of our precious human life, and with faith and effort will obtain enlightenment. We will become our own and other’s protector, transforming all our fear into fearlessness, anxiety into unbreakable confidence, resilience and strength.

Everyone is welcome at KMC Plymouth from across the southwest of England. Attend all or any part of this event. Available in-person (recommended) or online (available to watch after the event has finished, please see details below)


Friday 15th December
7.00pm – 8.15pm Introduction
Saturday 16th December
9.00am – 9.45am Meditation
11.00am – 1.00pm Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment with Kadam Bridget Heyes
4.00pm – 5.30pm Teaching with Kadam Bridget Heyes
7.00pm – 8.00pm Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog
Sunday 17th December
9.00am – 9.45am Meditation
11.00am – 12.30pm Teaching with Kadam Bridget Heyes
Please note, sessions will be available to watch online from Sunday 17th December at 3pm, after the event has finished. The Empowerment session will be available for 24hrs. The rest of the sessions will be available to watch by online participants for 7 days.


Kadampa Meditation Centre Plymouth
48-50 Mutley Plain

01752 210451


About the Teacher

Kadam Bridget Heyes is a senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang who has been practising for over 30 years. In 1994, she helped to found Nagarjuna Centre and has been teaching there ever since. In 2009, Kadam Bridget was also elected as the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director of the UK.

Kadam Bridget is known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart, and deep understanding of Buddha’s wisdom advice. Her teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way that are easy to practice and integrate into daily life. Kadam Bridget shows an inspiring example for everyone on the spiritual path.

As well as teaching regular courses at Nagarjuna KMC, Kadam Bridget also teaches at various National Dharma Celebrations throughout the year.

Booking To Attend In Person Or Online

Please book in advance whether for in person attendance or for online viewing.

You may attend for the whole weekend or any part it.

Individual day tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and you may book any combination of these e.g. Friday and Saturday together, or Saturday only.

In Person or Online?

To get the most from this event, we encourage you to attend in person. However, if you live in the Southwest of England and are unable to attend in person due to disability, long distance travel, or another valid reason you can view online – see more details below as online viewing will not be available until the celebration has ended.


Full details and pricing are given below and are the same for in person and online attendance. Payment is in full at the time of booking.

Making Your Booking

The “Book Your Ticket Now” button will take you to KMC Plymouth’s TicketTailor webpage. Please ensure you choose the correct ticket group (in person or online) and then the ticket type from the list.

Having Issues Booking?

If you experience any difficulties booking please contact KMC Plymouth or email them at epc@meditationinplymouth.org.

Arrangements For Viewing The Event Online

Online sessions will be available to view after the event has finished.

You will be sent the links by email to view the recordings on Sunday 17th December at 3pm. The teachings will be available to watch for seven days – ending on Christmas Eve.

The empowerment will be available to view from 3pm on Sunday 17th December and will only be available to watch for 24 hours.

If you experience any technical difficulties, we will try to help you if you contact KMC Plymouth, but we regret we cannot provide professional IT support.


Rail: KMC Plymouth is a 10 minute walk from Plymouth Railway Station. There is a taxi rank outside the station and bus stops on the main road as you exist the station (walk to your right on leaving the station concourse).

Coaches & Buses: If arriving by coach, from the bus station head to Royal Parade where most all buses running north from the city centre stop on Mutley Plain very close to the centre. Bus journeys can be planned HERE.


From Cornwall: Follow for City Centre after the Tamar Bridge on the A38, taking the Manadon exit and follow signs for Mutley onto the B3250. Stay on this road and you will arrive on Mutley Plain, where the centre is half way along on your right.

From Exeter: At the A38 Marsh Mills exit, follow left for City Centre (A374), then keep to the left hand lane and follow for Mutley (marked on road lane) eventually following left onto the B3214. You will arrive at the south end of Mutley Plain, turn right onto the Plain – the centre is half way along the Plain on your left.


There are two public car parks on Mutley Plain. Residential parking areas have some time restrictions but within a couple of minutes walk unrestricted parking may be found. We suggest you use the council parking guide which can be found HERE


There is not any onsite accommodation at the centre to offer visitors, but there is a wide range of hotels, B&B’s and AirBnB venues within a short distance of the centre. There are many budget chain hotels with parking facilities in the city centre and Barbican areas which are a 20-30minute walk from the KMC. Accommodation information can be found HERE.

The centre’s Coffee Bar is available throughout the weekend for drinks, cakes and nibbles. For more substantial eating, the centre is literally surrounded by places to eat. You can discover Plymouth’s full range of award winning restaurants and celebrity chefs HERE!

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