Our Teachers

Our Founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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. He has written more than 22 authoritative books on Buddhism and meditation and has helped to found hundreds of Buddhist Centers, Festivals and Celebrations throughout the world.

In his teachings Geshe Kelsang emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others — and he demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.

This remarkable Teacher inspires so many people from so many different countries because he teaches from example. He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.


Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is the Western US National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU. He is also the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood. He will grant the empowerment of Dorje Shugden and give teachings on faith and wisdom.

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.


Gen Kelsang Lhadron

Gen Kelsang Lhadron is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center San Diego where she presents teachings with sincerity and humor, making them accessible to everyone. Her kindness and enthusiasm for meditation practice are inspiring examples of Modern Buddhism in action. Gen Lhadron will be giving the Intro Talk on Friday night.


Amy Peng

Amy Peng is the Resident Teacher at Dharmachakra Kadampa Buddhist Center in Palm Springs. Amy presents meditation and Buddhism in a practical, easy-to-understand way, very useful for modern people.

Amy has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for 15 years and completed the Intensive Resident Teacher Training Course. She will guide the meditations on Saturday and Sunday mornings.