First Festival?

Is this your first time attending a Kadampa Festival? Welcome! Our annual Canadian National Festival is a special event where people come together from all across Canada to enjoy meditations, teachings and connect with spiritual friends. If you’ve never attended a Kadampa festival before, see below for some useful information regarding the event.
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Festival FAQs

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Is the Festival appropriate for beginners?

Yes! What is so ingenious about Buddha’s teachings is that they can be heard and understood at many levels, and therefore can appeal to a great variety of people regardless of their experience. Whether you know a little about Buddhism or nothing at all, the Festival is designed to touch your heart.

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How is each day structured? 

The Festival starts with welcome and introduction on Friday evening. The main event, the empowerment blessing ceremony, is on Saturday morning, followed by teachings from Saturday afternoon to Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are dedicated to retreat days where there is a greater emphasis on meditation and taking the teachings more deeply into our hearts and minds.

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What prayers and books do I need? 

The prayer booklets and books that will be used during the festival can be found on our Festival Shop website. The prayer booklets that will be used are Treasury of Wisdom sadhana, Prayers for Meditation sadhana, Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso From His Faithful Disciples sadhana, and Prayers for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche sadhana. The books that will be used are How to Transform Your Life (available as a free ebook download) and Mirror of Dharma with Additions. These items are all available in electronic and hard copy versions. Also available from our Festival Shop is a selection of artwork and other items.