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Save these dates of our Festivals & Retreats in 2023

These festivals and retreats provide a precious opportunity to immerse yourself in peace and wisdom. And to explore and practice the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the Founder of Modern Kadampa Buddhism.

Below are the Canberra, national and international festivals and retreats in 2023.

You’ll receive teachings, empowerments and guided meditations – and be with a wide variety of people with a shared interest in inner peace. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of your experience.

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

Amitayus Retreat

Sat 11 & Sun 12 Feb

Deakin, Canberra

Amitayus is the Buddha of long life, merit and wisdom – the main qualities we need for the happiness of enlightenment. Spending a couple of days in retreat on Amitayus at the start of the year is considered very auspicious for what the whole of the rest of the year will bring. Sessions are 1 hr 15 mins long. 

Sat at 2pm, 4pm & 6.30pm. Sun at 7.30am, 10am & 1pm

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Australian Dharma Celebration

Easter Weekend: Fri 7 – Mon 10 Apr

Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

Enjoy a weekend away to receive the empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva and make your mind and world pure. With National Spiritual Director Gen Kelsang Rabten at Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia.

A very special event.

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Nyungnay Purification Retreat

Sat 15 & Sun 16 Apr

Deakin, Canberra

Nyungnay is one of our most precious Kadampa dharma jewels and as a centre practice it comes around just once a year – on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. We can spend two days with thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara, making exquisite offerings, praises and prostrations and thereby accumulate huge merit, purify vast negativity for ourself and others and receive the most powerful blessing to propel ourself swiftly along our path to enlightenment.
It involves fasting and making three sessions of prostrations, with the sadhana Drop of Essential Nectar over one or two days.

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International Spring Festival

May 26 – 31

Manjushri KMC, Lake District in the UK

The Source of Happiness & Goodness. Join hundreds of meditators from across the world at this extraordinary place, for a special commentary to the Liberating Prayer & International Refuge Vow Ceremony granted by our most senior international teacher & General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong.

Info here


International Summer Festival with Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments

July 28 – Aug 12

Manjushri KMC, Lake District in the UK

Kadam Lamrim – The Complete Path to Enlightenment. The Kadampa family comes together to receive complete transmissions of Sutra & Tantra. Attend for one or both weeks.

Info here


Regional Weekend Away

Fri evening 15 to Sun lunch 17 Sep

Berowra Valley

Take some time out to reconnect with life’s purpose, and explore the Buddhist pathway to meaning and happiness founded on love, compassion & wisdom. Meet meditators from across ACT & NSW.

Info here



International Fall Festival

October 16 – 12

Malaga, Spain

At the Temple for World Peace in Málaga Spain, Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, retired General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, will grant the empowerment of Medicine Buddha and give teachings on the Eleven Reversals.

Info here



Australian Festival wth Dorje Shugden Empowerment

December 29 – January 3

Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

Bring in your new year at the tranquil Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia, receiving this important empowerment and deep blessings, with like-minded people from across Australia.

More info to come


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