The annual US Kadampa Festival is an opportunity for people from around the country to gather together in the glorious environment of our beautiful World Peace
Temple and share in the inspiration of profound and exquisite teachings. This chance to reconnect with friends from other parts of the country and to receive teachings that speak directly to our capacity for improving the lives of ourselves and others brings great meaning to our “spiritual vacation.”
The US Festival is inspired by the fully accomplished Buddhist meditation master and internationally renowned teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This year, join us as Gen-la Khyenrab, the Retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and the Resident Teacher at KMC Canada, will grant the empowerment of the Great Mother Prajnaparamita. Gen-la will also give teachings on how we can develop our own enlightened wisdom.
The US Festival is inspired by the fully accomplished Buddhist meditation master and internationally renowned teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This year, join us as Gen-la Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, will grant the empowerment of Buddha Vajrapani. Gen-la will also give teachings on cultivating self-confidence and the power to benefit others.
If you’ve never attended a Kadampa festival before, see below for some useful information regarding the event.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The cost of the Full Festival is $250 and includes the guided meditation sessions, teachings sessions and chanted prayer sessions.
Q: Can I come for part of the Festival.
A: Yes, Daily rates are as follows:
Friday (Evening Intro) $15 Saturday (Empowerment Day) $80
Sunday (Teachings) $60 Monday (Teachings) $60
Tuesday (Retreat) $35 Wednesday (Retreat – half day) $20
*Meals and accommodation are not included in the above prices.
Q: What type of accommodation is available?
A: There are limited on-site indoor accommodations available at KMC NY that may be booked online for the full Festival only.
Camping: There is unlimited camping space available at KMC NY during the Festival.
Please be prepared for wet and cold weather, and bring an appropriate waterproof tent, ground cloth and warm sleeping bag.
Off-site Hotels with Special US Festival Rates:
Best Western ~ Matamoras, PA. $114-134 per night (price varies depending on the night) for 1 or 2 people, plus $10/night for each additional person (up to four people per room). Hot breakfast is included. 25 minute drive. (570) 491-5280.
Catskill Mountains Resort ~ Barryville, NY ~ Offering a special rate of $120 per night (up to four people per room). Book by Friday, April 7 for special rates and mention “Kadampa.” Phone (845) 456-0195. High-speed internet is included. Breakfast is not included but a breakfast menu is available at the hotel restaurant. 15 minute drive.
Other Off-site Accommodation:
There are many other off-site accommodation options available in the area, including country motels, B&Bs, and houses for rent. For these accommodation options visit www.kadampafestivalus.org
Q: What if I want to bring my children or make a family trip?
A: Children are welcome at the US Festival. All children, even infants, must be registered. Please register each child individually.
Q: How do I get there?
A: Driving directions from Port Jervis: By car, KMC New York is just two hours outside of New York City. For directions to KMC New York, visit www.kadampafestivalus.org
Recommended Airport: Newark (EWR). New Jersey Transit from Newark Airport Station to Port Jervis, NY. For more information visit www.njtransit.com.
Festival Airport Shuttle from Newark: this service is organized specifically for this event. If you are interested in signing up, learn more here: http://www.kadampafestivalus.org/the-festival/registration-information/transportation-parking/
Bus from New York City: Coach USA from Port Authority to Matamoras, PA. For more information visit www.coachusa.com
Rail from New York City: New Jersey Transit from New York Penn Station to Port Jervis, NY. For more information visit www.njtransit.com
Taxi Service from Train and Bus Stations: The cost of a taxi from Matamoras, PA or Port Jervis, NY to KMC New York is approximately $20. Please reserve a taxi in advance.
Tony’s Taxi Service: (845) 467-8995
J&L Taxi Service: (845) 856-3544
Taxi Service from local airports:
J&L Taxi Service: (845) 856-3544
EWR (Newark airport) – $155 flat fee for up to 4 people
SWF (Stewart Newburgh airport) – $80 flat fee for up to 4 people
Q: Will parking be available?
A: If you are driving to KMC NY, you must obtain a parking pass when you register for the Festival. Fees for these passes are: $3/car/day – Friday; $5/car/day – Saturday, Sunday, Monday; $0 (no charge) – Tuesday, Wednesday. Limited parking is available at KMC NY on a “first come, first serve” basis. Priority is given to those people with a Festival parking pass and a valid handicapped parking permit. Overflow parking will be available at a nearby parking lot with shuttles running back and forth.
Q: What tourism attractions are available in the region?
A: KMC NY is located in the Delaware River Valley in the Catskills region of New York. Along the river, there are many outdoor activities and hiking available. There are also many river towns to explore in the area. For more information visit www.scva.net