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

Learn from the most senior teachers in Kadampa Buddhism.

Connect

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  2022

Midwest Dharma Celebration 2022

The 2022 Celebration has been canceled due to the proximity to the rescheduled International Fall Festival in upstate New York. 


MWDC will resume in 2023.

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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 2022

US National Festival 2022

The 2022 US Festival will be replaced this year with the International Fall Festival 2022. It will resume in 2023.

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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

England

"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

England

"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

Spain

"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.