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Special Events
Day Courses,
Public Talks,


“What is enlightenment? It is the inner light of wisdom that is completely free from all mistaken appearance, and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day.”

- Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Saturday, May 18th
Session 1: 10 -11am

Session 2: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Lunch Break: 12:30-2pm

Session 3 + Q&A: 2 - 3:15pm


Introduction to Tantra

Saturday, May 18th • 10:00am - 3:15pm • $40

with Resident Teacher, Sarah Frew

Everyone Welcome, no experience necessary

Buddha’s Tantric teachings and meditations are all about taking charge of our own identity and steering it in a meaningful direction. By imagining ourselves as more loving more compassionate, and more wise we can break free from our mundane appearances and ideas and awaken our vast potential for happiness. Through special Tantric meditation methods, we can develop both our wisdom and our compassion until they produce a bliss so powerful that it completely purifies our mind and we quickly attain enlightenment. In this day course you will learn what Tantra is, why we need it, and how to practice it yourself. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary.

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Saturday, June 1st
Session 1: 10:30am -12pm

Lunch Break: 12-1:30pm

Session 2: 1:30 - 3pm


Taming the Wild Elephant of our Mind

Saturday, June 1st • 10:30am - 3:00pm • $25 (TTP & FP Discounts Apply)

with Meditation Teacher, John Baker

Everyone Welcome, no experience necessary

If the deluded wild elephant of our mind is not subdued, it will create much suffering for us as it runs between objects of attachment, anger, and jealousy. We do not always possess the ability to abandon our negative thoughts the moment they arise, or to transform them into something beneficial. In this course we’ll discuss how training in mindfulness and alertness can help tame our wild elephant mind so that we may generate many positive qualities, bring happiness to others, and maintain a peaceful mind.

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Picnic in the Park Fundraiser

Saturday, June 15th • 12:00pm - 5:00pm • $30/person -or - $50/couple

FDR Park • 1500 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia PA

Everyone Welcome

*Please register by June 1st

KMC Philadelphia invites you to attend our Picnic in the Park Fundraiser on June 15th from 12-5pm. This is our main fundraising event of the year. KMC Philadelphia is a 501(c)3 organization that exists solely due to the generosity of our amazing community. Thank you so very much for your support. Your giving has a tremendous impact in bringing inner peace and happiness to all living beings! We hope to see you on June 15th. 

Please join us for boating, biking, games, a museum tour option and a silent auction. FDR is a pet friendly park with ample parking and access from the Broad St subway.


International Spring Festival: Accomplishing the Great Wisdom Protection

Dorje Shugden Empowerment & Teachings on the Extensive Protector Puja

May 24th - 29th • Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre UK -or- Online

with Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT/IKBU, Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Everyone Welcome

Dorje Shugden is a Dharma Protector emanation of the Wisdom Buddha who averts obstacles to our spiritual practice and gathers necessary conditions for our attaining spiritual realizations. During this Festival, Gen-la Kelsang Jampa will grant the Blessing Empowerment of Dorje Shugden. Then, based on instructions received from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, he will teach on the Melodious Drum practice, the ‘Fulfilling and Restoring Ritual’, which is usually performed monthly in Kadampa centers.


International Summer Festival: Profound Teachings from Buddha's Heart

Prajnaparamita Empowerment & Teachings on the Heart Sutra, and Commentary to Blissful Path & The Uncommon Yoga of Inconceivability

July 26th - August 10th • Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre UK -or- Online

with Spiritual Director of the NKT/IKBU, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and Deputy Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Everyone Welcome

In October 2013 Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche gave his last public teachings in Portugal.

During these teachings Geshe-la granted the empowerment of Great Mother Prajnaparamita, taught the Essence of Wisdom Sutra (Heart Sutra), which contains the heart essence of Buddha’s perfection of wisdom teachings, and gave commentaries to The Blissful Path, the condensed self-generation sadhana practice of Buddha Vajrayogini and to The Uncommon Yoga of Inconceivability, the special instruction of how to reach the Pure Land of Vajrayogini with our present human body.

During the teachings he also shared priceless heart advice and encouragement such as how to control our distractions so that our meditations will be effective. During Summer Festival 2024 with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and Gen-la Kelsang Jampa we will revisit these precious teachings and we will receive additional priceless jewels that Venerable Geshe-la has shared personally since then. Giving us the great opportunity to connect deeply to our precious Root Guru, enabling his teachings to deeply touch our hearts and for us to gain practical experience of them. In this way we will enrich our spiritual lives and draw closer to attaining full enlightenment so that we can benefit all living beings.


International Fall Festival: The Gateway to Highest Yoga Tantra

Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments of Heruka & Vajrayogini & Commentary

Oct 25th - Nov 1st • Kadampa Meditation Center Brazil -or- Online

with Spiritual Director of the NKT/IKBU, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Everyone Welcome

*Please note, Teaching and meditation sessions only will be streamed. The Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments are not available online.

As Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche explains in Modern Buddhism, the gateway through which we enter Tantra is receiving a Tantric empowerment. This bestows upon us special blessings that heal our mental continuum and awaken our Buddha nature. In this Festival Gen-la Dekyong will grant the empowerments of the principal Deities of Highest Yoga Tantra – Heruka and Vajrayogini – and introduce their essential practices.

This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to receive from Gen-la Dekyong the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments and teachings of Heruka and Vajrayogini according to the Ganden Oral Lineage, which is the special heart treasure of her Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

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