How to Transform your life

Nordic Festival of Kadampa Buddhism

with international renowned buddhist teacher

gen-la kelsang dekyong 

29 – 31 mARCH 2019 



The Nordic Festival of Kadampa Buddhism is open to everyone. Enjoy an inspiring weekend, with people from all over the Nordic region, developing inner peace through the practices of meditation and modern Buddhism.

Come away refreshed, energized and inspired – equipped with powerful inner tools to transform your everyday life into a joyful and meaningful spiritual journey. In this way, you can bring happiness to both yourself and to those that you live and work with.

The festival is a wonderful and rare opportunity to receive practical and inspiring teachings from internationally renowned Teacher and Buddhist nun Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong. We will also have the opportunity to take these teachings to heart through special guided meditations led by Gen Kelsang Dragpa, the National Spiritual Director of the NKT in the Nordic region.

You can also deepen your experience at the Easter Retreat on How to Transform your Life in Stromstad, Sweden 18-22 April with Gen Kelsang Dragpa. 

The festival will be taught in English.

the teachings

Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni & Teachings on How to Transform Your Life

We all have a limitless potential for the development of good qualities, peace of mind and happiness. During this special weekend event Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong will share her deep experience of the instructions from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s highly acclaimed book How to Transform Your Life. The teachings in this book deeply resonate with modern people and offer practical and inspiring solutions to our daily problems. 
Although we all wish to be happy and avoid problems, we often meet with problems and difficulties in our daily life. Gen-la Dekyong will explain that the correct way for reducing our problems and increasing our happiness is to change our mental attitudes from negative to positive. She will present practical methods for bringing about this change in our mind so that we can attain pure and lasting happiness and freedom from stress and worries.

During the weekend Gen-la Dekyong will also grant the Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism in this world.  An Empowerment is a peaceful guided meditation through which we connect to an inspiring source of positive energy. Through receiving this empowerment and putting Buddhas advice into practice, we can awaken our potential to live with a truly compassionate, wise and joyful heart.

the teachers















Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, is loved and respected throughout the world for the sincerity of her practice and the power of her wisdom and compassion. She is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner mental peace.

She has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over thirty years, during which time she has inspired thousands of people around the world through sincerely relying on her Spiritual Guide, taking his teachings to heart and putting them into practice in every aspect of her life.

Gen-la Dekyong is a highly experienced Buddhist Teacher who has taught at many different centres and festivals internationally and helped to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world.


We are very fortunate to welcome this international Teacher to the Nordic Region. 

gen kelsang dragpa

A Modern Kadampa Buddhist monk and the National Spiritual Director of the Nordic Region. He received ordination in 1993 from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and is one of his most senior disciples. Gen Dragpa has taught extensively in the Netherlands, UK, Belgium and France. His teachings are very practical and easy to understand. They offer profound solutions to our everyday problems.

Accommodation, Food & Drink and Travel


 You can book a room at the festival hotel or choose from many other accommodation options in Oslo.

The festival hotel is Sta. Katarinahjemmet a simple and clean guesthouse.

Single room – 1200 nok for 2 nights (29th & 30th) – SOLD OUT

Double room – 2000 nok for 2 nights (29th & 30th) – SOLD OUT

Please select the option when booking if you would like to request to book extra nights (subject to availability).

Prices are per room. Breakfast not included. Accommodation cancellations can only be accepted 4 or more weeks before the event.  After this time we are unable to give refunds.

The guesthouse is inexpensive and conveniently located just 2 minutes walk from the centre.

You can find out more about the festival hotel and other accommodation options by clicking below:

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Food & Drink

There is the option to pre-book a vegetarian/vegan lunch at the festival. This costs 75 nok per day. (SOLD OUT)

There are also many cafes and restaurants near to the centre.

The festival has a World Peace Cafe serving tea, coffee and a selection of cakes and snacks.


Nordic Kadampa Meditation Centre is located in the heart of Oslo, in the popular area of Majorstuen. 

Oslo has two airports, Gardermoen and Torp. The centre can be easily reached from either by public transport.

The closest metro (T-Bane) station to the centre is Majorstuen. All metro lines travel to this station.

It is also possible to drive to the centre from nearby Sweden. There is paid on-street parking nearby.

details & bookings

date & Time

29 March

Registration – 18:25 – 19:25

Introduction – 19.30 – 21.00


30 March

Registration – 8:00 – 8:45

Meditation – 9:00 – 10:00

Empowerment – 11:00 – 13:00

Teaching – 15:30 – 17:00

Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog – 19:30 – 20:45


31 March

Registration – 8:20 – 8:45

Meditation – 9:00 – 10:00

Teaching – 11:00 – 12:30

Teaching – 14:30 – 16:00


The Venue

Nordisk Kadampa Meditasjonssenter Majorstuveien 26, Oslo 0367

+47 45 05 19 28


Fee & Booking

Price per person:

Whole festival – 1000 nok

Friday – 200 nok

Saturday – 575 nok

Sunday – 500 nok

Lunch – 75 nok per day (must be pre-booked) – SOLD OUT