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Southwest Dharma Celebration

love & life's purpose

September 3 - 6 | In-Person & Online


About the Event

Love is a central theme around which we can orient our entire life. A life filled with love is a life well-lived, a meaningful life, a life that brings tremendous joy and benefit to ourselves and others.

During this special weekend event, Gen Kelsang Rigpa will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha Maitreya, the enlightened manifestation of pure love, and give teachings on “Love and Life’s Purpose.”

Training in these beautiful and empowering ways of thinking, we will gain the profound ability to learn to love others, bringing deep peace, happiness and meaning to our life. Through the practice of love, each day will have a clear direction and purpose, and we will gradually access our potential to experience a powerful, pure, and all-embracing love that brings tremendous joy and meaning to our family, friends, and finally to all living beings.

The Teachers of Southwest Dharma Celebration

Empowerment & Teachings

Gen Kelsand Rigpa

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC-Hollywood. He is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him.

Gen Rigpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. He shows the joy of living a spiritual life, and is an inspiring example of Buddhism in practice. 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.


Kadam Lucy James

Kadam Lucy James is the Resident Teacher at KMC Colorado.

One of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy has taught extensively in England, Florida, and San Francisco. Kadam Lucy is appreciated for her deep wisdom, clear mind, and inspiring yet practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings and meditations.

She is very skilled at explaining how to make these teachings immediately effective in our busy modern lives, to help both ourselves and everyone around us.


Gen Kelsang Wangpo

Gen Kelsang Wangpo is the Resident Teacher at KMC Houston. Gen Wangpo is well known for his practical and skilled way of presenting ancient Buddhist wisdom. He is particularly talented in analyzing subjects deeply, from many angles. With this, he is able to deliver advice that is effective and produces quick results.

Combined with many years of Buddhist learning, and over a decade of teaching, he provides powerful spiritual guidance that benefits all aspects of human life.


Gen Kelsang Menla

Gen Kelsang Menla has studied under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 20 years and was requested by him to become the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Texas in June 2017.

Gen Menla was ordained as a Kadampa Buddhist monk in 2001 and has worked and taught within the New Kadampa Tradition for many years.

He brings a warm heart and joyful attitude to sharing Buddha’s teachings and the practice of meditation.

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