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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition


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.

This year’s CADC will be taught by Gen Kelsang Rigpa, the Western United States National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU. At this special event, Gen Kelsang Rigpa will grant the empowerment of Buddha Buddha Vajrapani, the Buddha of Spiritual Power. Although his nature is love, his aspect is fierce to emphasize his ability to empower us to abandon our delusions and negativity.

The empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we connect to Buddha Vajrapani’s enlightened mind. By receiving these inspiring blessings we can swiftly actualize our own potential for a fearless heart, and gain the confidence we need to progress successfully along the spiritual path. Through the power of our courageous compassion we can help to bring enormous relief to our suffering world.

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.


This Celebration is hosted by NKT Centers in

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