2017 California Dharma Celebration

Everyone is welcome

Everyone is welcome to join in this powerful weekend event where Gen Kelsang Rigpa, the National Spiritual Director of the Western United States, will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva and give teachings on the Purifying Power of Wisdom and Compassion.

This empowerment is a special opportunity for us to receive the purifying blessings of this radiant healing Buddha Vajrasattva, through which we can free our mind from negativities, painful habits and wounds of the past. The subsequent commentary will focus on how we can swiftly and joyfully purify our mind and thereby profoundly improve our lives, enabling us to actualize our potential for lasting freedom and happiness.

The annual California Dharma Celebration is a wonderful opportunity for people throughout California to gather together to receive practical, inspiring teachings and meet spiritual friends. Whether new to Buddhism or an experienced practitioner, everyone is welcome to this weekend celebration. The event will take place in Los Angeles at Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood.

Profits raised by the California Dharma Celebration are dedicated for public benefit to the International Temples Project and used for the development of the Kadampa Meditation Centers, International Retreat Centers and Temple Projects throughout the world. This project was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, with the aim to introduce the Buddhist faith and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly.

Our founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is the inspiration behind the California Dharma Celebration. He is a fully accomplished meditation master, internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism, and founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.  For more information on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, visit the “Our Teachers” page.

Celebration Teachers

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is the Western US National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU. He is also the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center California, Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood, and Dharmachakra Buddhist Center in Palm Springs. He will grant the empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva and give teachings on the Purifying Power of Wisdom and Compassion.

Gen Rigpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. Through his clear presentation, he is able to help students discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

Kadam Rebecca Gauthier is the Resident Teacher of Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center in Westlake Village.  She has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism under Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s guidance for over twenty years. Through her kindness, humility and deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings, Kadam Rebecca provides an inspiring example of a contemporary Buddhist practitioner we can follow.

Kadam Rebecca will be giving the Introductory Talk on Friday evening.

Gen Kelsang Chöma is a senior Kadampa Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center San Francisco. She has studied and practiced under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 25 years and has taught throughout the United States.  People find Gen Chöma’s teachings clear, warm and encouraging.

Gen Chöma will guiding the meditations on Saturday and Sunday.

Schedule

Friday, March 10, 2017 5:30-7:15pm Registration
7:30-9pm Introductory Talk with Kadam Rebecca Gauthier
Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:15-9am Registration
9-10am Meditation with Gen Kelsang Choma
11am-12:30pm Teaching with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
3-5pm Empowerment with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
6-7pm Wishifulfilling Jewel with Offerings
Sunday, March 12, 2017 8:15-9am Registration
9-10am Meditation with Gen Kelsang Choma
11am-12:30pm Commentary with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
2:30-4pm Teaching with Gen Kelsang Rigpa
4-5:30pm Social Time & Clean-up

 

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