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Kadampa Festivals and Celebrations

Every year the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) organizes a world wide program of special courses on Buddhism and meditation that explain how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern living. The program includes International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations.

These Festivals and Dharma Celebrations provide a precious opportunity to study and practice the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the NKT.

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. You will come away not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually re-energized.

There are three annual International Festivals each year:

The Spring Festival – held at Manjushri KMC in the UK

The Summer Festival – held at Manjushri KMC in the UK

The Fall Festival – held at various locations outside the UK

Virtual tour of Manjushri Kadampa Temple for World Peace

 

There is one US Festival each year at the end of April:

The US Festival – held at KMC New York in Glen Spey, New York

 

There is one Midwest Dharma Celebration each year in early November:

The Midwest Dharma Celebration – held at KMC Madison in 2018

Kadampa Meditation Center Madison

Year at a Glance

 

August

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays August 1-30 12:00-12:30 PM

Free Sunday Morning Class and Fall Open House | Sunday, August 18 10:00-11:30 AM

Sunday Morning Series: The Confidence to Change | Sundays August 18 and 25 (No Class August 4 or 11) 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays August 18 and 25 (No Class August 4 or 11) 10:00-11:30 AM

KMC Madison Fall Fair and Yard Sale | Saturday, August 31 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

 

September

Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, September 1-22 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class Sunday, September 29 due to Fall International Festival) 

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, September 1-15 10:00-11:30 AM (No Classes Sunday, September 22 or 29 Due to Fall International Festival and Preparations) 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays September 4-27 12:00-12:30 PM

New! Wednesday Night Drop-in Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Wednesdays, September 4-18 7:00-8:30 PM  (No Class Wednesday, September 25 due to Fall International Festival)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays September 5-19 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, September 26 due to Fall International Festival)

Mala Making Workshop | Saturday, September 7 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Friday Night Lecture: Wisdom: Reliable Intuition | Friday, September 20 7:00 -8:30 PM

 

October

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays October 2-30 12:00-12:30 PM

Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, October 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, October 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Wednesday Night Drop-in Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Wednesdays, October 9-30 7:00-8:30 PM (No Class Wednesday, October 2 due to Fall International Festival)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays October 10-31 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, October 3 due to Fall International Festival)

Friday Night Lecture: Overcoming Craving and Addiction: A Buddhist Perspective | Friday, October 18 7:00 -8:30 PM

Happiness from the Inside Out: A Meditation Workshop | Saturday, October 26 10:00 AM- 1 PM

 

November

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays November 1-29 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Friday November 15 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)

Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, November 3, 10 & 24 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class Sunday, November 17 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, November 3, 10 & 24 10:00-11:30 AM (No Class Sunday, November 17 due to Midwest Dharma Celebration)

New! Wednesday Night Drop-in Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Wednesdays, November 6-20 (No Class Wednesday, November 27)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays November 7-21 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, November 28)

A Life Without Anger Meditation Workshop | Saturday, November 9 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Midwest Dharma Celebration | Friday, November 15-Sunday, November 17

 

December

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays December 4-28 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class Wednesday, December 25)

Sunday Morning Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Sundays, December 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM 

Meditation for Kids | Sundays, December 1-29 10:00-11:30 AM 

New! Wednesday Night Drop-in Series: Compassion and Wisdom: Meditations for a Happy Life | Wednesdays, December 4-18 (No Class Wednesday, December 25)

New! Thursday Morning Class: Basic Buddhist Meditations for Busy People | Thursdays December 5-19 7 10:00-11:15 AM (No Class Thursday, November 28)

Streams of Purifying Nectar: Vajrasattva Purification Retreat | Saturday, December 14 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

New Year's Eve Candlelight Meditations for World Peace | Tuesday, December 31 7:00-8:30 PM

 

Starting in 2019

Classes in Milwaukee | New! Series starts September 9, 2019 - Sign up for details and updates!

Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA  | September 27-October 3