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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.

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Fall Festival 2020

October 23 - 29, 2020


Medicine Buddha empowerment with Gen-la Dekyong

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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.​

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Summer Festival 2021

The details for summer 2021 are not announced yet, but it usually spans 2 weeks in late July and early August.

What is it like at an International Kadampa Festival?

Questions? Contact Us!

Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago

312-767-1898 (voice or text)

in Oak Park: 13 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL 60304

in Wicker Park: 2010 West Pierce Street, Chicago, IL 60622

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