national and international festivals and celebrations

national festivals and celebrations


We have two major events each year: our dharma festival, which is usually held in Wellington in January; and the dharma celebration, which is held later in the year. Each of these events are followed by a retreat. Details and links for 2021 will be posted here as they become available.


international festivals


International Kadampa Festivals are special courses taught by the Spiritual Director and Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition.

The Festivals include teachings and empowerments from the principal Teacher, reviews and meditations led by senior NKT Teachers, chanted meditations and offering ceremonies, and retreats to consolidate and deepen your understanding and experience.

Open to everyone, these International Festivals are a wonderful opportunity to meet with Buddhist practitioners from all over the world and share experience and understanding with them.

Three annual festivals

There are three International Festivals each year:

To find out what it is like to attend an International Festival, visit the Festival Diaries section where you can view videos, photos, and reviews of previous International Festivals.