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Post Fall Festival Retreats

The three International Festivals are precious opportunities to receive teachings and empowerments from the Gen-las, and this experience is greatly enhanced if we can spend some time after the Festival in retreat improving our understanding of the teachings and taking their meaning to heart.

Post-festival retreats are organised by Kadampa centers around the world after each of the three International Festivals. See below for details of retreats following the 2022 Fall Festival.

International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon

Oct 21 – 25

Mother Of The Conquerors  

Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang RT Madhyamaka and Retired DSD

Enjoy a relaxing spiritual holiday at the 5th Kadampa Temple for World Peace in Williams, Arizona.

Gen-La Kunsang will guide meditations and give commentary following on teachings given by Gen-la Dekyong on the 21 Homages at the NKT Fall Festival in New York. Gen-la Dekyong will give these teachings based on the transmission she received from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

These teachings are based on the transmission she received from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

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Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre, Derby

Oct 22 – 28

Meeting Tara

with Gen-la Kelsang Thubten, Director of International Kadampa Internet, who has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe-la for over forty years. 

Buddha Tara is a female enlightened being. She is our enlightened mother who cares for us and protects us in so many ways. By becoming close to her in meditation we establish a strong connection by which we receive her blessings throughout this and future lives. In this way we develop special qualities of wisdom and compassion just like hers. On this retreat, which is based on the teachings given by Gen-la Dekyong at the Fall Festival, Gen-la Thubten will guide us through inspiring meditations in which we become closer and closer to Tara – as if we become one with her.

The retreat is open to everyone.

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Kadampa Meditation Center Washington DC

Oct 21 – 23

Gaining Experience of the Practice of Green Tara 

with Gen Kelsang Rabten, Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Leeds, in the U.K. and the National Spiritual Director of Australia, New Zealand, and South-East Asia.

In this Post International Fall Festival retreat, Gen Kelsang Rabten will guide us in a retreat on these special teachings on practice of Green Tara. For those who were at the Fall Festival and want to deepen their experience of the festival teachings and for those new to the practice of Green Tara and interested in learning more about the practice this is a great opportunity to gain familiarity with the practice. This retreat is open to everyone.  Attendance at the International Fall Festival at Kadampa Meditation Center New York is not required.  

The event will be in person.  The online sessions will be available until 11:59pm on Monday October 31st.

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KMC Hong Kong

Oct 28 – 30

Abiding in Mother Tara’s Blessings
24 hours Tara chanted prayers with commentary to the sublime twenty-one homages
with Gen Kelsang Tonglam, NSD of East Asia and Resident Teacher of KMC Hong Kong and Taiwan
On this retreat, which is based on the teachings given by Gen-la Dekyong at the Fall Festival, Gen Tonglam will guide us through the sublime meditations on the twenty-one homages throughout the 24 hours Tara chanting practice. Through which we will draw closer to Mother Tara and receive her loving care.
Teaching in Cantonese only.

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Tharpaland KMC, Germany

Oct 22 – 26

Fall Retreat: Liberation from Sorrow. Meditations on the practice of Buddha Tara 

With Gen Kelsang Ananda, the National Spiritual Director for Germany and Resident Teacher at Tharpaland and KMC Germany.

In this fall retreat we will familiarize ourselves with the essential practices and meditations of Buddha Arya Tara. Arya Tara is our holy mother who protects and guides us in our inner (or spiritual) development. We learn to turn with devotion to the 21 Taras – to receive their protection in our daily lives and help gain spiritual experience in the stages of the path to the ultimate happiness of enlightenment.



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KMC Spain, Malaga

Oct 22 – 26

Wisdom & Protection

with Gen Kelsang Lochani Resident Teacher at KMC Barcelona

Gen Lochani will lead meditations based on the special teachings received from Gen-la Dekyong at the Fall Festival 2022 on the Sublime Twenty-One Tributes. By understanding the meaning of these verses, we will approach the twenty-one emanations of Tara and constantly receive their special blessings and protection. Everyone is welcome.

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Kailash International Retreat Centre, Torbel

Oct 28 – Nov 1

Wisdom Protection Beyond Sorrow – Abiding in Mother Tara’s Blessings

with Gen Kelsang Eupamé, National Spiritual Director of the NKT in France and Resident Teacher of KMC France

Following the International Fall Festival in New York, USA, Gen Kelsang Eupamé will guide a retreat on Buddha Green Tara based on the teachings and commentaries given. Green Tara is a female enlightened being, the manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas, who protects living beings from outer and inner obstacles and guides them to the attainment of all the stages of the path to enlightenment.This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our understanding of this practice and draw closer to Mother Tara in qualified retreat conditions at Kailash International Retreat Centre.

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