The Blessing Empowerment & Teachings
Kadam Morten Clausen, the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center New York City, will be granting the empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva and give teachings on purification practice. Kadam Morten is greatly admired as a meditation teacher and is especially known for his clarity, humor and inspirational presentation of Dharma. His teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Through his gentle and joyful approach and his peaceful example, he has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts.
The Celebration Introduction
Gen Samten Kelsang, the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center New York, will give the celebration introduction. Gen Samten has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is well-known for his inspiring, clear and practical way of presenting Buddha’s teachings and meditation. As one of Venerable Geshe-la’s senior disciples, Gen Samten has had the unique opportunity to engage in a three-year retreat and carries with him a wealth of experience in skillfully guiding sincere practitioners to profound meditative insights on retreat.
The Celebration Meditations
Donna Campanelli is the Resident Teacher at Vajra Light Center. She has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 20 years and is a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. As a wife and mother of three, Donna delights in applying Dharma wisdom to her own challenges as a suburban mom. She is a wonderful example of Modern Buddhism – Dharma integrated into daily life. With skill and enthusiasm, humor and kindness, Donna shows her students how to transform day-to-day difficulties into a meaningful life.
The Celebration Retreat
Gen Kelsang Khyenwang is Resident Teacher of Odiyana Kadampa Buddhist Center. She is a close disciple and student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has been practicing and teaching under his guidance for many years. The teachings she shares are clear, heartfelt and extremely practical for modern life. Gen Khyenwang is an inspiring example of a contemporary Buddhist practitioner and is known for her warmth and sincerity, putting time tested teachings into practice in daily life.