Celebration Program

The California Dharma Celebration will feature the empowerment of Buddha Manjushri, and wisdom teachings from the renowned and illuminating text Ocean of Nectar by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Gen Kelsang Rigpa will grant the empowerment of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, a ceremony and guided meditation in which we receive special blessings and inspiration from the Wisdom Buddha that awaken our potential to become a pure, enlightened being.

Wisdom means virtuous intelligence; with wisdom, our mind is always balanced and comfortable.

In particular, the wisdom that realizes the true nature of reality has the power to liberate us completely from our self-created mental prison, giving us tremendous power to benefit others through attaining enlightenment.

Ocean of Nectar is the first complete explanation in English of the pre-eminent Indian Buddhist Master Chandrakirti’s Guide to the Middle Way, a precious Mahayana scripture, which to this day is regarded as the principal presentation of Buddha’s profound view of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality.

Celebration Timetable


For more information on the Deity Manjushri and the corresponding books for this Dharma Celebration, visit the Deity Page


Prayer Booklets

The following prayer booklets will be used during the Celerbation: Prayers for Meditation, Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Wishfulfilling Jewel, Treasury of Wisdom and Geshe-la’s Long Life Prayers. If you would like to purchase any of these in advance, please visit These sadhanas are available both as booklets and as e-booklets.


What is an Empowerment?

An empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we connect to a Buddha’s enlightened mind, in this case Buddha Manjushri's enlightened mind. By receiving these inspiring blessings, our own potential for healing increases and we draw closer to the special blessings and care of Manjushri. Doing this, we can definitely realize the greatest meaning of this precious human life.