July 30, 2021 – August 14, 2021 all-day


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 – a rare and precious opportunity to enjoy the essential practices of Modern Kadampa Buddhism  wherever you are in the world.

In recognition of current restrictions, we have received permission to stream the entire Festival, including the Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments, live online. So for the very first time, we will offer a blended live in-person and live- streamed online Festival.

In-person attendance will be limited to Week 2 for those not at MKMC prior to the Festival and available only for people residing in the UK. The entire Festival will be streamed live for those in European time zones and a recording of the live teaching will then be rebroadcast in several other time zones.

Please note, there will be only one opportunity in each time zone to receive the empowerments, but the teachings, meditations and retreat sessions will remain online until 23:59 (UK time) on 4 September.

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.