Kadampa Buddhist Centers worldwide offer year-round programs of meditation classes, courses, retreats, and major gatherings.

These events are suitable for all levels from complete beginners to experienced practitioners.

Local classes & courses

All local centers offer drop-in classes, day courses, and weekend courses; and most offer retreats of varying durations.

These classes are open to everyone. You do not need to be a Buddhist to attend them, or to derive great benefit from them.

Use the Find a Meditation Center search at the top of any page on this website to find a center near you that offers these classes, or visit the centers section to find out more about Kadampa Buddhist centers.

International Festivals

The highlights of the year for Kadampa Buddhists are the annual International Festivals with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which provide an opportunity to receive teachings and empowerments directly from the Founder and Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.

National Festivals

Each year there are also a number of National Festivals with the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong.

Dharma Celebrations

Besides these, there are also national and regional Dharma Celebrations given by the National Spiritual Directors.

Diaries and reviews

To see videos, photos, and reviews of previous International Festivals visit the Festival Diaries section.