Summer Festival 2019
Traveling the path with an international family
"We change our physical location many times, but we never change our mind!"
A worldwide sangha
A Truly International Festival
When you arrive at the Summer Festival, the first thing you notice is that you are among an international group of like-minded people. At this year's Festival, to be precise, people from 47 different countries speaking a multitude of different languages. But there is no feeling of separation or alienation, rather an experience of harmony and familiarity.
Where does this sense of familiarity come from?
My First Festival
Because everyone at the Festival has the same spiritual aspiration and intention, and relies on the same Spiritual Guide, everyone we meet feels like family - a spiritual family traveling together on the same path.
This feeling of shared purpose and mutual support is the very essence of the Sangha Jewel.
Among the children in the kid's area, the people listening and meditating in the Temple, and the assembly of precious Teachers leading the Festival, we see this union of cultural diversity and harmony.
And we see for ourselves the profound and compassionate vision of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche - a world at peace in which everyone respects and cherishes each other.
You have to be at an International Festival to feel the power of this vision.
Next opportunity - the International Fall Festival at IKRC Grand Canyon, September 2019.