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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  2024

Midwest Dharma Celebration 2024

April 5 - 7, 2024

Madison, WI

The 2024 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 2024

US National Festival 2024

September 20 - 25, 2024

IKRC Grand Canyon

FEARLESS HEART: Empowerment of Buddha Vajrapani & Teachings on the Five Forces

September 20 - 25, 2024 at IKRC Grand Canyon (near Flagstaff, AZ)

More information to come

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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 2024

Spring Festival 2024

May 24 - 29, 2024


Dorje Shugden empowerment and teachings on the extensive protector puja with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. At Manjushri KMC in England.

Summer Festival 2024

Summer Festival 2024

July 26 - August 10, 2024


Prajnaparamita empowerment and teachings on the Heart Sutra, plus commentary to Blissful Path and The Uncommon Yoga of Inconceivability with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. At Manjushri KMC, in England.

Fall Festival 2024

Fall Festival 2024

October 25 - November 1, 2024


"The Gateway to Highest Yoga Tantra"

Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments of Heruka & Vajrayogini & Commentary with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong. Held at Kadampa Meditation Center Brazil

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Dharma Festivals and Celebrations are spiritual vacations.
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