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Festivals & Celebrations

JLC is part of a global family of Buddhist practitioners who regularly gather together to enjoy spiritual breaks and holidays. Events can be attended for part of a day or the whole thing. Find out more below and by following the links to the individual event pages:

International Festivals

International Festivals welcome people from all around the globe. The Spring and Summer Festivals are held here in the UK at the beautiful Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cumbria, just three hours drive from JLC! There are often lifts available so get in touch if that would be helpful. More information can be found by following the links below.



Spring Festival 2020

May 22 - 27

The Power of Compassion

Summer Festival 2020

July 24 - August 8

The Joy of a Kadampa Life

Fall Festival 2020

October 2 - 8

The Gateway to Highest Yoga Tantra

Celebrations in the UK 2020

More details to follow

Gen-la Kelsong Dekyong

Courses with Gen-la Dekyong

There are other opportunities to hear our General Spiritual Director Gen-la Dekyong teach. We will list each of them here as information becomes available.

Friday, 29th November to Sunday, 1st December

Developing a Lamrim Heart

Teachings on Request Prayer of the Stages of the Path (from Offering to the Spiritual Guide puja)

We can swiftly transform our mind into Lamrim through the powerful and skilful practice of combining requesting blessings from our Spiritual Guide with contemplation and meditation on Lamrim using the Request Prayer of the Stages of the Path from Offering to the Spiritual Guide. As fortunate modern Kadampa practitioners, we take this blessed prayer to heart, are guided by it in our busy daily lives, and show by example that the most happy meaningful life comes from a Lamrim heart. 

In that no-one wishes for even the slightest suffering

Or is ever content with the happiness they have, 

There is no difference between myself and others; 

Realizing this, I seek your blessings joyfully to make others happy. 

Retreat following Gen-la Weekend Course with Gen Nyingpo

New Year’s Eve Celebration with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Dec 31, 2019

A Good Start to the New Year

Begin 2020 with Meditation December 31 New Year’s Eve celebration

What happens at a Festival or Celebration?

Festivals and celebrations offer an opportunity for us to enjoy a spiritual holiday. The daily timetable typically consists of teaching, meditation sessions and chanted prayers. You can attend as much or as little as you wish and there are cafes and stalls offering food, snacks and drinks with places to sit and enjoy them with friends. Click on the videos to get a flavour of the festival experience.

Volunteering at Festivals

One of the best things about NKT events is that they are organised and run by the people who attend them. If you wish to get involved there are opportunities to help with a range of activities during the festivals  - its a good way to meet others and to help make the festival run smoothly. You can also arrange to go on working visits to help with the pre festival set up and post festival pull down - contact Steve Cowing at Manjushri KMC for details of how to arrange such a visit.