International Spring Festival 2023

The emphasis for Spring Festival 2023 is on in-person attendance, but it will be possible to participate online if you are not able to attend in-person.

The NKT IKBU International Spring Festival 2023 will be held at Manjushri KMC in the UK from May 26 to 31.

Special commentary to the Liberating Prayer & International Refuge Vow Ceremony

The Liberating Prayer is not an ordinary prayer – It is like a text and has profound meaning. All Lamrim teachings – renunciation, bodhichitta, and correct view of emptiness are included in this prayer. I can say very few people understand the Liberating Prayer. It definitely needs verbal commentary by a Teacher. If we understand and contemplate its meaning – it is the best method to develop faith in Buddha and his teachings, which is our spiritual life and the root of all Dharma realizations.
 – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche


At this Festival Gen-la Dekyong will share a special transmission and blessing of the meaning of this prayer that she received directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. She will also bring together commentary Venerable Geshe-la has given on the meaning of different verses of this prayer over many years.

There will also be an opportunity to engage in a powerful and immensely meaningful International Refuge Vow Ceremony with the worldwide Kadampa family.

The Festival is open to everyone and suitable for all levels of experience.

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Video on demand only
There will be no live broadcast of the Festival. For those who have booked to participate online, each teaching and meditation session will be available as a video on demand 48 hours after the live session.

The Festival will be given in English and the videos will include the option to listen to the teachings in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Mandarin & Cantonese.

The videos will be available online until 23:59 hours BST (British Summer Time) June 7. This excludes the Refuge Vow ceremony, which will be available only for 24 hours from the time the link has been made live.

Please note: the Refuge Vow ceremony would not normally be available as a video on demand, but because this is an International Festival and there is no live broadcast, as an exception it will be available online for 24 hours to ensure people in different time zones are able to view it.

  •  May 26, 2023 - May 31, 2023
     6:00 pm - 5:00 pm