International Festivals and Celebrations

Every Spring and Summer there are two international Buddhist festivals held at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Ulverston, Cumbria, and another international festival held outside the UK in Autumn . These are taught by the General and Deputy Spiritual Directors of the NKT-IKBU.


Many other events are held throughout the year in the UK. These include:

UK Dharma Celebration held at Tara KMC in Derbyshire at Easter time.

Southern England Dharma Celebration held in Brighton in February.

Northern England Dharma Celebration held at Madhyamaka KMC in September

Scottish Dharma Celebration held in Glasgow in April.

Irish Dharma Celebration held in November.

Welsh Dharma Celebration held in February.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience modern Buddhism in action at an international level and enjoy an inspiring and meaningful spiritual retreat in a very special place. You will also meet and make some very special friends!

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Buddhism for the Modern World

Introduced into contemporary society by the world-renowned Buddhist Master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, modern Buddhism brings the ancient wisdom of Buddha into the modern world and shows us how to integrate Buddhist meditation and other practices into our busy lives, whatever our nationality, gender or age.

Through these practices we can discover a deep inner peace, overcome problems and difficulties with a happy mind and realize the full potential of our human life.

At this spiritual festival, you will receive teachings enjoy daily meditation with people from all over the world who share a common wish to improve their human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of their mind.

Meditation for world peace

Buddha taught that the main cause of world peace is inner peace – peace in the heart brought about through meditation.

Within modern Buddhism, this practice is regarded as a principal cause of world peace. The more people who learn it and put it into practice in their daily lives, the greater will be the prospect of peace in our world.


** New venue: The Priory Street Centre **

Happiness from Within
with Richard Hoyle & Chris Schofield
Sundays 10:30am-12noon
May 6, 13,  20
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15

  Classes are run on a drop-in basis so you're welcome to join at any time.
£6 per class, or 4 classes for £20

Everyone is welcome!


What to expect at a class

We provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. When you arrive, a volunteer will register you before the class and direct you to the meditation space. Normally before class some announcements will be made.

Our experienced teachers are male or female, lay or ordained (Buddhist monk or nun). They will begin with an introduction, and guide a breathing meditation to help settle your mind. They will then give a teaching based on the topic of the class, with clear and logical explanations using examples and analogies.

An important characteristic of Modern Buddhism is to present Dharma teachings as personal advice that can be integrated into daily life. The intention of the teachings and guided meditations is to help you develop peaceful, clear and positive states of mind. This will help you develop your own inner wisdom, so that you can solve your daily problems and enjoy a more meaningful life.

Depending on the class, there will be either another guided meditation or a discussion with the opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

All of our activities are run by volunteers, and we are a registered charity. The class and course fees help cover the costs of running the Centre. 


A nonprofit registered charity that relies on volunteers to offer meditation and Modern Buddhism as a public service.

In York:
Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory St, York, YO1 6ET
01759 304832

In Pocklington:
Kilnwick Percy Hall, Pocklington, York, YO42 1UF
01759 304832