The California Dharma Celebration is postponed.

We’ve been tracking coronavirus developments, and for that reason, we’re postponing the CADC. Given the most recent recommendations from the California Department of Public Health, it seems a wise precaution not to hold a large event where many people would be in close contact.

Because we were hoping we could, indeed, hold the event, we delayed our decision until we were sure it was the wisest choice. Please accept our apologies for this last minute change of plans.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to clean, serve, bake, steward, work security, move furniture, sell offerings, and much more. We so appreciate you! And we’ll be back to ask you again – in September, as the new date for the California Dharma Celebration will be September 11-13!

All registrants will, of course, receive a full refund. You do not need to do anything to cancel your registration; we will do that for you. If you want to apply your CADC payment to the September event, please let me know before 3:00 p.m. Sunday March 15.  (Send email to Otherwise, all refunds will be processed on Monday March 16.

Thank you, and we look forward to having you at this event in September.



Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the New Kadampa TraditionEVERYONE IS WELCOME The California Dharma Celebration (CADC) is an opportunity for people from California and surrounding states to gather in the stunning World Peace Temple, Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood, for a special weekend of empowerment, teachings, meditation and the good company of spiritual friends.

At this special event,Gen Kelsang Rigpa, the Western United States National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU., will grant the empowerment of the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.

Dorje Shugden, our Dharma protector, is a manifestation of all Buddhas’ wisdom and compassion. He is’s our supreme spiritual friend, protecting our personal experience of Dharma, and helping to transform the conditions of our life into the spiritual path. Dorje Shugden a powerful being who helps us in ways both seen and unseen so that we can become the confident, positive and beneficial person we wish to be.

The empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we connect to the Wisdom Buddha Dorje Shugden’s enlightened mind. By receiving these inspiring blessings, our own potential for wisdom, love, and spiritual power grows as we gain the confidence and conditions we need to make progress on the spiritual path. Through the power of Dorje Shugden’s protection, blessings and special care we can definitely realize the greatest meaning of this precious human life.

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.


This Celebration is hosted by NKT Centers in

Hermosa BeachHollywoodLos AngelesPalm SpringsPenngroveSacramento San DiegoSan FranciscoSanta Ana
Santa BarbaraSanta RosaWestlake Village