Upcoming Festivals & Retreats

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.  This includes International Festivals, National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations. 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.

Mountain Retreat 2020:
The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

IKRC Grand Canyon Arizona • Jan 3 – Feb 13
With Kadam Morten Clausen

In this six-week retreat, which will be the first extended retreat to take place in our new Kadampa Temple, we have the great good fortune to meditate on the uncommon Mahamudra instructions of the Ganden Oral Lineage. 

Kadam Morten, who is known for his clarity and inspirational presentation of Dharma, will guide meditations on the four preliminary practices and the actual practice of Mahamudra. The aim of this retreat is to gain actual heartfelt experience of the profound and practical instructions in Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's book, The oral Instructions of Mahamudra, through which full enlightenment can be attained in this very life. 


The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra Retreat 2020

KMC-New York, Glen Spey • Jan 10 – Mar 19
With Gen Samten

The Winter Retreats at KMC New York consists of ten stand-alone retreats based on The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Choose the retreat that inspires you and take your practice to the next level.

10 weeks - Immerse yourself
1 week - Deepen your experience
A weekend - A taste of retreat

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra are a blessed wisdom lineage transmitted from Manjushri and passed through the centuries to our Spiritual Guide. All the retreats will be under the guidance of Gen Samten, a senior disciple of Venerable Geshe-la with more than 30 years experience. For the first 6 weeks we will observe partial silence across the property – from the time you wake up until lunch. The last 4 weeks of retreat will be in complete silence.


2020 Festival Dates

International Spring Festival
Manjushri Center, UK • May 22 - 27 • Buddha Vajrapani Empowerment with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

U.S. Festival
KMC-NY, Glen Spey, NY • June 12 – 17 • The Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya with Gen-la Dekyong

International Summer Festival
Manjushri Center, UK • July 24 – Aug 8
Week 1: Buddha Amitayus Empowerment and teachings on The New Eight Steps to Happiness with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
Week 2: Buddha Green Tara Empowerment and teachings on Advice from Atisha's Heart with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Northeast Dharma Celebration
KMC-NY, Glen Spey, NY • Sept 11 – 13 • The Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni with Kadam Morten

International Fall Festival
Brisbane, Australia • Oct 2 – 8 2020 • Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong