“There are so many firsts in this Festival, and there is so much we will receive. This is the most accessible Festival we have ever had.” With these words Gen Rabten introduced the Summer Festival 2020, whetting our appetite with a menu of delights that lie ahead over the next two weeks. Today is a special day.
Through the great kindness of our Founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, over 5,000 people from every corner of the globe will tune in Friday to take part in the 2020 International Summer Festival Online. As with all Kadampa events, everyone is welcome regardless of age, nationality or culture.
It is a measure of the breadth of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s vision and the sophistication of the International Kadampa Buddhist Union he has created that we can listen to teachings given in one location, join in meditations guided at another and finish with a retreat led at yet another.
The online Festival Shops are immensely popular. There you will find everything to support your study, meditation and practice – and much more besides. There are a number of Festival Shops and shipping points located in centers around the world run by Tharpa, each with a different products and shipping options.
An essential part of the International Festival experience is the opportunity to meet up with thousands of like-minded people from around the world and share stories, experiences and insights. This is an important way these Festivals keep the International Kadampa Buddhist Union alive and flourishing for this and future generations. Thanks to modern technology, we also enjoy these benefits at the online Festivals.