International Fall Festival
Supreme Happiness of Enlightenment
The 2019 NKT-IKBU International Fall Festival is a festival of modern Buddhist teachings, meditations and blessing empowerment.
It is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to use the scientific methods of modern Buddhism to solve their daily life problems, enjoy lasting inner peace, and eventually attain the supreme happiness of full enlightenment.
The Festival will be held in the new Temple for World Peace at International Kadampa Retreat Center (IKRC) Grand Canyon Arizona from September 27 to October 3, 2019.
It will be preceded by the official opening and blessing of the new Temple currently under construction on the site.
The Mirror of Dharma
Presented by Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab, the theme of the Festival will be ‘Finding the sun of the supreme happiness of enlightenment.’
During the week of teachings and meditations, Gen-la Dekyong and Gen-la Khyenrab will pass on the precious transmission blessings and commentary of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's latest book, The Mirror of Dharma.
There will also be a blessing empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of compassion.
"We can see and find the sun of the supreme happiness of enlightenment from The Mirror of Dharma. How fortunate we are."
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
The Teachers at the Festival are two of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's principal disciples , who hold the lineage and blessings of his teachings.
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
Gen-la Dekyong has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe-la for 36 years.
An ordained Buddhist nun, she is recognized as an accomplished practitioner of Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings and an inspiring example of a modern disciple who relies sincerely upon her Spiritual Guide in all her actions.
Gen-la is the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, the mother centre of modern Kadampa Buddhism.
She teaches extensively at major events around the world and is greatly respected for the power and sincerity of her teachings and the warmth of her personality.
Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab
Gen-la Khyenrab is a retired General Spiritual Director. He is the National Spiritual Director for Canada and Resident Teacher at KMC Canada.
An ordained Buddhist monk, Gen-la has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe-la for 40 years.
He is widely admired for his profound understanding of the teachings of modern Kadampa Buddhism and his ability to present them in clear, practical ways that are easy to follow and put into practice in the modern world.
He regularly teaches at international and national events and is greatly admired for his humility, humour and pure example.
The meditations will be led by Gen-la Kelsang Jampa and Kadam Morten Clausen.
The Fall Festival 2019 will be held at the International Kadampa Retreat Center (IKRC) Grand Canyon, which was established in 2017 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for local, national and international benefit.
Previously a 70-room hotel, it is located in the beautiful mountainous region of Northern Arizona, and is less than an hour from the Grand Canyon.
Very accessible and standing in almost 40 acres of rural land, IKRC Grand Canyon borders the Kaibab National Forest, which abounds with fragrant ponderosa pine trees and a wide variety of wildlife. It is surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world.
From the center's cafe there is a direct view of Humphrey’s Peak, the highest mountain in Arizona.