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US National Festival


Every June, 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 near the Grand Canyon), for this meaningful spiritual vacation.

June 18 - 23, 2021


US National Festival 2021

Online, with in-person viewing at the US World Peace Temple in upstate New York. Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Prajnaparamita, the Buddha of the Perfection of Wisdom. With Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU, by video.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU. She is also the Resident Teacher at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center in England, the Mother Center of Kadampa Buddhism.

​Gen-la Dekyong has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of her Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humor, and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. She is a perfect example of a Kadampa Teacher.​

Each year, Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.

First Festival?


The annual US Festival is very accessible for first-timers.

The teachings can be heard and understood at many levels, so they can appeal to a great variety of people regardless of their experience. Whether you’re relatively new, or an absolute beginner, the festival is designed to touch your heart.


The festival takes place at one of two Kadampa World Peace Temples in the U.S.: in upstate New York, and in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon. Both temples offer the opportunity to retreat from busy daily life, and the perfect peaceful conditions to deeply contemplate Buddha's profound insights.

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Above: people attending a recent Festival