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International Festivals

Every year the New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) organizes three International Festivals taught by senior Teachers.

Every spring and summer, the festivals are held at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center in England. Every fall, the festival travels across the globe to a new location each year.

These Festivals provide a precious opportunity to study and practice the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the Founder of the NKT-IKBU.

The Festivals consist of teachings, empowerments, and meditations, and finish with short retreats. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of experience. They also provide an opportunity to meet and practice with like-minded people from all over the world. You will come away not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually re-energized.

Spring Festival 2021

Spring Festival 2021

May 28 - June 2, 2021


Buddha Shakyamuni empowerment and commentary to the Lord of All Lineages prayer. With Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, retired General Spiritual Director of NKT

Summer Festival 2021

Summer Festival 2021

July 30 - August 14, 2021

Online (and possibly in person in England)

Week 1: The Heart Practice

Dorje Shugden Empowerment and Teachings on Lamrim. With Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, General Spiritual Director of NKT.

Week 2: Awakening our Buddha Nature

Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini. With Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT.

Fall Festival 2021

Fall Festival 2021

NEW DATES: Oct 22 - 28, 2021

Location TBD

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong will grant the blessing empowerment of Arya Green Tara and give teachings on Tara Powa.  The location of the Festival is yet to be confirmed, and will depend on how the current Covid situation develops.

What is it like at an International Kadampa Festival?