Festival FAQs

Is this your first time attending a Kadampa Celebration? Welcome. Our annual Western Canada Dharma Celebration is a special event where people come together from all across Western Canada to enjoy meditations, teachings and connect with spiritual friends. If you’ve never attended a Kadampa Celebration before, see below for some useful information regarding the event.

Is the Celebration appropriate for beginners? 

Yes! What is so ingenious about Buddha’s teachings is that they can be heard and understood at many levels, and therefore can appeal to a great variety of people regardless of their experience.  Whether you know a little about Buddhism or nothing at all, the Celebration is designed to touch your heart.

Where does the Celebration take place? 

The Western Canada Dharma Celebration 2019 will take place in downtown Vancouver at the Library Square Conference Centre (350 West Georgia Street).

How is each day structured? 

The Celebration starts with welcome and introduction on Friday evening. The main event, the empowerment blessing ceremony, is on Saturday morning, followed by teachings from Saturday afternoon to Sunday.  There are a variety of optional activities throughout the day, including browsing our book and gift shop, enjoying a tea or coffee in the neighbourhood, or simply taking some time to relax and contemplate. On Saturday late afternoon, there are chanted prayers (attendance optional) held in the Meditation Hall.

Where do I stay?

If you are coming from out of town and need accommodation, please see the Accommodation page for more information.

Are meals offered at the Celebration?

There are plenty of restaurants in the area, but check back here later for Celebration provided meal options.

Can I bring my kids? 

Please visit the Children page for more information about registering your children.

Is it appropriate to come alone? 

Yes, absolutely. We have plenty of people who come on their own and leave having made many new friends.

Can I volunteer if this is my first time there? 

Yes! Volunteers are always appreciated. There are a variety of jobs to suit everyone, from cleaning to helping out in the gift store. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact us at

Do you cater to people with special needs? 

There is wheelchair access from the elevator. The elevator can be accessed from street level or from the garage.  We also will try to offer hard of hearing options in the Meditation Room, however at this point it is not guaranteed. Please let us know about any special needs in advance when completing the booking form, or by emailing and we will do our best to help.