International Festivals and Celebrations of Modern Buddhism
These Festivals and Dharma Celebrations provide a precious opportunity to study and practice the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of NKT.
The events vary in length from two days to two weeks, but whatever their duration they all offer a vacation with a difference – a chance to break free from the hectic routines of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. You will come away not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually re-energised.
2018 FESTIVAL DATES
International Spring Festival
May 25 – 30 2018
Profundity & Clarity – Empowerment and commentary to the self-generation practice of Buddha Prajnaparamita
with Gen-la Kelsang Thubten
at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, United Kingdom
Buddha’s teachings in the Heart Sutra show how we can solve our daily problems and find inner peace and happiness through training in ultimate truth, emptiness. Gen-la Thubten will show how, by integrating the essential teachings of the Heart Sutra into Tantric practice, we can ripen our Buddha nature and attain complete enlightenment.
International Summer Festival
July 27 – August 11 2018
Meditations that Make Our Life Precious
Week 1 with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa – DSD of NKT-IKBU Teachings and meditations of Kadam Lamrim
Attaining Complete Purity
Week 2 with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong – GSD of NKT-IKBU Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments and commentary to the practices of Heruka Body Mandala and Vajrayogini
By sincerely practising Kadam Lamrim we can make our life happy and meaningful, temporarily solve our human problems and ultimately find pure and everlasting happiness through controlling our anger, attachment, jealousy, and especially our ignorance. These teachings are the perfect preparation for receiving the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments in Part 2.
When we completely purify our mind through Tantric practice, our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities also become completely pure – this is the state of enlightenment. Attaining enlightenment is therefore very simple; all we need to do is apply effort to purifying our mind through training in Highest Yoga Tantra.
International Fall Festival Oct 5 – 11 2018
How to Live a Life of Great Good Fortune and Wisdom
with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab
at Deuachen Kadampa Meditation Centre, Portugal
The International Fall Festival 2018 will be held at the Kadampa Temple for World Peace in Sintra, Portugal. The Temple was opened by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 2013 and is the home to Deuachen Kadampa Meditation Centre. The site is only a 30 minute drive from Lisbon and so is easily accessible for those traveling to the Festival.
Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is a retired General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and National Spiritual Director (NSD) of Canada. He is the Resident Teacher at KMC Canada. Gen-la Khyenrab is deeply respected throughout the Kadampa world as a sincere practitioner and powerful teacher.