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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

England and/or Online (TBA)

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

Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2021

Brisbane, Australia

Empowerments and commentaries to the Highest Yoga Tantra practices of Heruka body mandala and Vajrayogini from Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU. The practices of Heruka body mandala and Vajrayogini are the very essence of Highest Yoga Tantra, and are perfectly suited to our modern world.

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

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