• Kadampa International Summer Festival

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    Name: Kadampa International Summer Festival
    Date: August 2, 2021
    Event Description:


    The NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival 2021, July 30 - August 14 - two weeks of inspiring empowerments and teachings from the two most senior Teachers in NKT, with a short retreat in each week.


    Due to the unusual situation, we have received permission to stream the entire Summer Festival including the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini.

    It is our intention if permitted by the UK Government Covid Guidelines in place at the time of the Festival, to also have an in-person event that will be streamed at the live UK time. The empowerments and teachings will also be streamed in several other time zones to give as many people as possible the opportunity to join. Live translation will be available in several languages. More details on the format of the Festival will be available soon.

    In-person attendance (if permitted to go ahead) will have very limited numbers and will be determined by the UK Government restrictions. We strongly encourage you not to book travel yet as we do not know if we will be able to accept your in-person booking. Detailed guidelines for the in-person event are subject to UK Government clarification, the timing of which is currently unknown.

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    Week 1: July 30 - August 4
    The Heart Practice 

    Dorje Shugden Empowerment and Teachings on Lamrim
    With Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, NKT-IKBU General Spiritual Director

    The heart of Kadampa Buddhism is the practice of Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightement, which is a special presentation of Buddha's teachings that is easily integrated into modern daily life.

    By relying on the Wisdom Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we will quickly gain deep inner experience of Lamrim and transform our life into the very path to enlightenment.

    Week 2: August 6 - 14 
    Awakening our Buddha Nature

    Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerments of Heruka and Vajrayogini
    with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, NKT-IKBU Deputy Spiritual Director

    Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says, "The gateway through which we enter Tantra is receiving a Tantric empowerment. An empowerment bestows upon us special blessings that heal our mental continuum and awaken our Buddha nature."

    The empowerments and teachings in Week 2 will open the door to Highest Yoga Tantra, the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism and the quick path to enlightenment.

    Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

    Gen-la Kelsang Jampa
    Gen-la Kelsang Jampa
    Event Media:
    Kadampa Meditation Center Chicago - in Oak Park
    13 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304

    KMC Chicago in Oak Park is located in the Oak Park Arts District, 

    Transit: 2 blocks from the CTA Blue Line - Austin Station. From the station, walk north on Austin Blvd for 0.1 mile. Turn left (west) onto Harrison St, and find us just half a block in on the left.

    Car: Just off of I-290, Exit 23A: Austin Blvd. Head north on Austin for 0.1 mile, then turn left onto Harrison St. We are in the first block on the left, before Humphrey Ave.

    Parking: Free street parking is easy to find within one block, on Harrison St or Humphrey Ave.

    Contact Information:
    Kelsang Chogo
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