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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.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 festival is being held online for the first time. All of the Festival teachings, empowerment, meditations, retreat, and chanted prayers will be streamed across the United States!

Join people from around the United States to receive the empowerment of Buddha Maitreya and teachings on loving kindness. You can embrace yourself and others with the powerful mind of loving kindness, to create profound change and healing in our world.

A World of Loving Kindness

June 19 - 24, 2020 


Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya
& Teachings on Relying on Loving Kindness
with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

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Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition​ & teacher at the 2020 US Festival

Gen-la Dekyong has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe-la for 37 years. She is the General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, the mother center of modern Kadampa Buddhism. She teaches extensively at major events around the world and is greatly respected for the power and sincerity of her teachings and the warmth of her personality.

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.


Normally 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.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Festival will be held online. This makes it easier than ever for people in the US to take part.

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Above: people attending a recent Festival

Questions? Contact Us!

Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago

312-767-1898 (voice or text)

in Oak Park: 13 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL 60304

in Wicker Park: 2010 West Pierce Street, Chicago, IL 60622

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