Festivals & Celebrations

Festivals & Celebrations

International Festivals

Latest developments:

National Festivals in Spain & Portugal 2023

Two wonderful National festivals in Iberian peninsula
Spain: April 5 – 9 & Portugal: April 21 – 25

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South Africa National Festival 2023

The magic continued in South Africa this weekend. Following the unforgettable opening ceremony of the new urban temple at Kadampa Meditation Center Durban eager Kadampas from around the country gathered there for the South African National Festival.

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Booking for 2023 Spring Festival opening soon

The 2023 International Spring Festival is fast approaching. You will be able to book for the Festival from 13.00 UK time on Thursday March 2.

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Nordic National Festival 2023

Developing Loving Kindness through Wisdom – The Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya with Gen-la Thubten, 17-19 March 2023.

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THE SOURCE OF HAPPINESS & GOODNESS – Spring Festival site is now live

Spring Festival site is now live: online booking opens March 2 at 13.00 UK time. At this Festival, Gen-la Dekyong will give a special commentary to the Liberating Prayer and preside over an International Refuge Vow Ceremony.

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Kadam Dharma in the Nordic Region

Kadam Dharma was introduced into the Nordic Region in the 90’s.
Since then Dharma centers have developed in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

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South Africa National Festival 2023

The South African national festival with Gen-la Kunsang, March 3 – 5.
Fast approaching South African National Festival will be held in Mahasiddha KMC Durban.

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Asian Festival 2022

This past weekend over 100 fortunate Kadampas met up in-person in Singapore for the 2022 Asian Festival, with an additional 100 joining the event online.

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Swiss, Italian & Austrian Dharma Festival 2022

At the annual Swiss, Italian & Austrian Dharma Festival 2022, Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang, the National Spiritual Director of these three countries, granted the empowerment of Buddha Maitreya and gave extensive commentaries to his practice as well as teachings on how love can transform our world.

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New Zealand Festival 2022

After many years of not being able to gather, this past weekend over 60 fortunate Kadampas met up in Wellington for the 2022 New Zealand Festival.
“We received Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara empowerment and teachings on the precious mind of bodhichitta from our National Spiritual Director, Gen Kelsang Rabten.”

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Look back at previous festivals

Annual Festivals & Celebrations


South Africa

United Kingdom

Irish Dharma Celebration 2023
Mar 24 – 26

Southern England Dharma Celebration 2023
Apr 21 – 23

NKT-IKBU International Spring Festival, UK 2023
May 26 – 31

NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival, UK 2023
Jul 28 – Aug 12

UK Dharma Celebration 2023
Sep 8 – 11

NKT-IKBU International Fall Festival 2023
Oct 6 – 12

Welsh Dharma Celebration 2023
Nov 24 – 26

Southwest England Dharma Celebration 2024

Scottish Dharma Celebration 2024


Western Canadian Dharma Celebration 2024

South America

Argentinian Dharma Celebration 2023
Mar 23 – 26

Colombian Dharma Celebration 2023
Mar 24 – 27

Mexican Festival 2023
Apr 7 – 9

Chilean Dharma Celebration 2023
Apr 28 – May 1

Brazilian Festival 2023
Nov 1 – 5

Argentinian Festival 2023
Nov 10 – 12

Chilean Festival 2023
Nov 17 – 19

Mexican Dharma Celebration 2024

Brazilian Dharma Celebration 2024


March 2023

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Tara Day
  • Californian Dharma Celebration
  • Florida Dharma Celebration
  • Tsog Day
  • Precepts Day
  • East Asian Dharma Celebration
  • Nordic National Festival
  • Southern US Dharma Celebration
  • East Asian Dharma Celebration
  • Nordic National Festival
  • Southern US Dharma Celebration
  • East Asian Dharma Celebration
  • Nordic National Festival
  • Southern US Dharma Celebration
  • East Asian Dharma Celebration
  • Argentinian Dharma Celebration
  • Columbian Dharma Celebration
  • Irish Dharma Celebration
  • Columbian Dharma Celebration
  • Protector Day

International Festivals 2023 – save the dates

November 7, 2022

Here we briefly preview the next three international Festivals, Spring 2023, Summer 2023 and Fall 2023.

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There is no man, there is no woman

October 23, 2022

After a wonderful Festival with teachings and meditations on Arya Tara, and with many post-festival retreats on Tara underway, we thought it would be a great time to re-show this beautiful video about Tara.

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Fall Festival 2022 Review

October 22, 2022

The conclusion of the 2022 Fall Festival gives us a chance to look back over this truly inspiring week. Click on the links below to see the full Festival diary for each day.

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Day 6 ~ Dedication

October 20, 2022

As the 2022 International Fall Festival draws to a close we conclude with a very special dedication.

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Day 5 ~ Meditation & Retreat

October 19, 2022

The program for the International Festivals designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is in three stages – empowerment,  commentary and retreat. Yesterday morning, Gen-la Dekyong concluded the second stage with a truly inspiring teaching. Then in the afternoon Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, began the third stage, leading the retreat sessions.

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Day 4 ~ Commentary 2

October 18, 2022

If we could take away only one thing from this Festival, Gen-la’s presentation of Venerable Geshe-la’s ‘play’ about turning towards Tara would be a great choice. It encapsulates the very essence of the Festival, and especially the power of faith in Guru Tara. 

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Day 3 ~ Commentary

October 17, 2022

The Temple and grounds yesterday radiated golden light. Inside, the light of the Dharma of Gen-la’s teachings filled our hearts, while outside the light of the sun Illuminated the trees.

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Day 2 ~ Empowerment

October 16, 2022

As we entered the Temple to receive the empowerment of Mother Tara, Gen-la’s presence on the throne was so reassuring. As she manifestly fulfilled Venerable Geshe-la’s wish of continuing his work, we experienced a feeling of continuity rather than discontinuity. Venerable Geshe-la was there with us!

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Day 1 ~ Introduction

October 15, 2022

Bathed in the golden rays of the autumn sun, the stunning foliage at KMC New York afforded a warm welcome to the hundreds of visitors arriving for the 2022 International Fall Festival. People from literally all over the world gathered for this auspicious event, meeting up with old friends and making new ones.

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All smiles at KMC New York

October 13, 2022

For the last few weeks, residents and volunteers at KMC New York have been working with great joy and enthusiasm to prepare the site for the 2022 International Fall Festival, which starts tomorrow.

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