Festivals & Celebrations

US Kadampa Festival 

2019 NKT-IKBU US Festival:  Healing the World, April 26 – May 1

In 2006 Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche opened and blessed the second Kadampa Temple for World Peace in Glen Spey, NY. At that time, he gave Medicine Buddha empowerment and the oral transmission of How to Solve our Human Problems.

In the 2019 US Festival, Gen-la Jampa will grant the blessing empowerment of Medicine Buddha and give commentary to the practice and teachings on How to Solve Our Human Problems.

Medicine Buddha is a Buddha Doctor whose function is to release us from physical and mental disease. By relying upon Medicine Buddha, we will receive a special power upon our body and mind through which we can heal our own outer and inner sickness and also help others through engaging in healing actions. This practice is especially powerful at this time for pacifying problems and dangers, and for bringing peace to our world.

International Kadampa Festivals are special courses taught by the Spiritual Director and Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition.

The Festivals include teachings and empowerments from the principal Teacher, reviews and meditations led by senior NKT Teachers, chanted meditations and offering ceremonies, and retreats to consolidate and deepen your understanding and experience.

Open to everyone, these International Festivals are a wonderful opportunity to meet with Buddhist practitioners from all over the world and share experience and understanding with them.


There are three International Festivals each year: