Everyone is Welcome

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

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 Avalokiteshvara and give teachings on Powa practice.

This empowerment is a blissful guided meditation that awakens our potential for universal love and compassion. Gen Kelsang Rigpa will also give teachings from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s text Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully and the practice of powa for those that have recently died. This is a transference of consciousness practice where we rely upon Buddha Avalokiteshvara to help the recently deceased be guided to the Pure Land of Bliss, the superior heaven of Avalokiteshvara.

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