Every year NKT-IKBU organizes world wide Kadampa festivals on Buddhism and meditation that explain to people how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern life.” These include International Festivals, and National Festivals.
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.
Geshe-la’s vision in creating festivals is to give practitioners the means to put down their daily life problems and distractions and step into a world focused solely on the practice of Dharma. When our only job is to think about and talk about Dharma, something amazing happens: we see what it’s really like to practice purely, and we experience the incredible effects. It’s this taste of purity that deeply changes us, and strengthens our resolve to train our minds.
ANNUAL FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
If you're new to Kadampa festivals, check out the five festivals below which are annual highlights:
Our annual Kadampa U.S. Festival takes place in spring at the Kadampa World Peace Temple and is a chance for the American Sangha to come together
The International Spring Festival takes place at the end of May each year at the NKT mother center, Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, in Ulverston, England.
Also held at Manjushri Centre (from the end of July, through to the beginning of August), Summer Festival is arguably the biggest festival on the annual Kadampa calendar.
The International Fall Festival is held somewhere different in the world every year in October/November, and often coincides with a new temple or center opening
NORTHEAST DHARMA CELEBRATION
The NEDC Happens in September each year during which Kadampas in the North east of the US gather.
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