National and International Buddhist Festivals

Kadampa Buddhist Festivals are special courses taught by the Spiritual Director and Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition.

The Festivals include teachings and empowerments from the principal Teacher, reviews and meditations led by senior NKT Teachers, chanted meditations and offering ceremonies, and retreats to consolidate and deepen your understanding and experience.

Open to everyone, these Festivals are a wonderful opportunity to meet with Buddhist practitioners from all over the world and share experience and understanding with them.

International Festivals

Three international festivals are held each year. They are taught by the General Spritual Director, the Deputy Spiritual Director, or the retired General Spiritual Director. Additional meditations, reviews, and retreat sessions are guided by senior teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition. For more information, see

International Spring Festival 2017

Maitraya-YellowMay 26 – 31, 2017

Becoming a good-natured person with a good heart

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya and teachings on loving kindness
with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center in Ulverston, England

International Summer Festival 2017

buddha-shakyamuni-cutout-lowresJuly 21 – Aug 5, 2017

How to Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey

Part 1: Following Buddha’s Path
Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and teachings on Part One of How to Transform Your Life
with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Parts 2: Completing the Journey
Bodhisattva Vow Ceremony and teachings on Part two of How to Transform Your Life
with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center in Ulverston, England

International Fall Festival 2017

Avalokiteshvara_trans380October 6 – 12, 2017

Empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara and teachings on Universal Compassion
with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

at Tharpaland International Retreat Centre, Germany

US National Festivals

PrajnaparamitaEach Spring many practitioners from the US travel to the world peace temple at Kadampa Meditation Center New York in Glen Spey, NY for empowerment and teachings.

April 21 – 26

This year we will receive the empowerment of Great Mother Prajnaparamita and teachings on the Heart Sutra
with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab.



The profits from these festivals support the International Temples Project.