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.

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 with a talk and meditation. Start the New Year with inspiration, confidence and joy. 

Talk and Meditation starts 8:30 pm

24-hour Tara Chanting Retreat with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Dec 31 - Jan 1, 2020

Celebrate the New Year with a One Day Retreat for World Peace

24 hour Tara Chanting Retreat

A wonderful way to begin the New Year! In the Kadampa Temple for World Peace, we will make praises and requests to our common holy Mother, Arya Tara, every four hours following the powerful prayers Liberation from Sorrow. Through turning to her, our good fortune will grow like a waxing moon. No previous experience required – just a mind wishing for a better year ahead and a better world. 

Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment

Feb 28 – Mar 3, 2020

How to Destroy the Cycle of Suffering 

Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment and teachings on the Wheel of Life 

Even if we contemplate deeply the most sublime paintings and works of art we cannot gain benefits that compare with the benefits of contemplating and meditating on the diagram of the Wheel of Life. This is because this diagram reveals the complete path to liberation and enlightenment. 

With Dharma wisdom, if we contemplate and meditate on the meaning of this diagram we can gain many experiences and realizations of the stages of the path. We can destroy the cycle of suffering, enter into the path to liberation, abandon all delusions and learn to cherish others. 

Retreat following Gen-la weekend course with Gen Tharpa

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.