International Festivals – a glimpse of world peace

International Festival Sangha PicNKT-IKBU International Festivals offer a unique opportunity to spend time with thousands of people from all over the world and to see first hand the universality of Buddha’s teachings and the power of modern Buddhism to transform the lives of people of all nationalities and cultures.

Being part of this international gathering even for a few days you will experience Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s vision of world peace unfolding before your eyes.

‘To be among thousands of people from all five continents happily studying, meditating, living and working together in perfect harmony, and not see an unhappy face or hear an angry voice all week is to see what world peace would be like.’
~ A festival visitor

International Festival Lawn GatheringTo sit among thousands of people, in a teaching or meditation which is being translated simultaneously into over a dozen languages, to make lifelong friends with people from every corner of the world, to hear inspiring accounts of modern Buddhism in action on every continent is an experience not to be found elsewhere.

There are many national Kadampa Festivals and Dharma Celebrations throughout the year, but there are only three International Festivals – Spring, Summer and Fall. These are dates to be saved!

Upcoming International Festivals

Find information about upcoming International Festivals at

Understanding the Festival Experience


The KMC Chicago Sangha at the 2016 International Fall Festival