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 Regional & International Festivals 


KMC Chicago is part of a worldwide network of independent Kadampa Buddhist centers.

Over 1,200 of them in 40 different countries, all presenting authentic Buddhist wisdom for people living busy, modern lives.


Practitioners from these centers come together at regional, national, and international gatherings to learn, meditate, make meaningful friendships, and maintain an international spiritual community. Dharma Festivals and Celebrations are spiritual vacations.


Learn from the most senior teachers in Kadampa Buddhism.


Develop meaningful connections with people from around the region, across the country, or all over the world.

Be Inspired

Meet inspiring examples of people who are using Buddha's practical teachings to transform their everyday lives.


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Midwest Dharma Celebration

The Midwest Dharma Celebration is an annual event that connects practitioners from around the Midwest. This weekend of practical teachings and guided meditations nourishes your spiritual life and increases your capacity for boundless inner peace and happiness. Perfect for all levels of experience. Everyone is welcome.

Midwest Dharma Celebration  2023

Midwest Dharma Celebration 2023

March 31 - April 2, 2023

Madison, Wisconsin

The 2023 Midwest Dharma Celebration is a wonderful opportunity for practitioners from all over the Midwest to receive an energizing blessing empowerment, listen to inspiring teachings, and engage in powerful meditations together. Whether new to Buddhism or an experienced practitioner, all are welcome to attend this incredible spiritual event.

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 US National Festival 

Once a year, Kadampa practitioners from across the United States gather at one of two Kadampa World Peace Temples in the U.S. (in upstate New York, or northern Arizona), for this meaningful spiritual vacation.

US National Festival 2023

US National Festival 2023

June 23 - 28

Glen Spey, NY

Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara Empowerment with Gen-la Jampa at the Temple for World Peace in Glen Spey, NY. More information coming soon.

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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 in England, and every fall at a new location each year.​

​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 2023

Spring Festival 2023

May 26 - 31, 2023


"The Source of Happiness and Goodness" with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong. A special International Refuge Vow Ceremony and commentary to The Liberating Prayer based on a special transmission Gen-la received directly from Venerable Geshe-la.

Summer Festival 2023

Summer Festival 2023

July 28 - August 12, 2023


"The Paths of Sutra & Tantra" with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. Heruka Body Mandala and Vajrayogini Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments and commentaries. July 28 - Aug 12, 2023 at Manjushri KMC, in England.

Fall Festival 2023

Fall Festival 2023

October 6 - 12, 2023


"Developing a Pure Heart"

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, retired General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, will grant the empowerment of Medicine Buddha and give teachings on the Eleven Reversals. Held at the Temple for World Peace in Málaga, Spain.

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Dharma Festivals and Celebrations are spiritual vacations.
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