2024 Northeast Dharma Celebration | April 26 - 28

Wisdom, Compassion & Spiritual Power
Je Tsongkhapa Empowerment with Teachings on the Migtsema Prayer 
What are the essential qualities of an enlightened being’s mind? Wisdom, compassion and spiritual power. 
Do we have the potential to develop these wonderful and beneficial qualities within our own minds? Yes, most definitely. 
The key practice that Kadampa Buddhist practitioners have been using for centuries to accomplish these is reliance upon the Wisdom Buddha Je Tsongkhapa and the recitation of his legendary mantra, known as the Migtsema Prayer. 
During the upcoming NEDC, Kadam Morten will grant the empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa, during which we will receive a transmission of the Migtsema Prayer. In the subsequent commentary Kadam Morten will explain the extraordinary and blessed qualities of this mantra. The Migtsema prayer, which is recited daily at all our Kadampa Buddhist Centers worldwide, lies at the very heart of the Kadampa Buddhist tradition, and expresses the very essence of enlightenment. Deepening our relationship with it will powerfully enhance our spiritual life, and provide us with a continuous source of inspiration and guidance throughout our life.

The Teachers

Kadam Morten Clausen is the principal teacher of the Northeast Dharma Celebration–granting Je Tsongkhapa empowerment and giving three teachings during the weekend. He is the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City.

For over 40 years he has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who gave him the title “Kadam,” indicating that he is a senior lay teacher of the Kadampa Tradition.Kadam Morten is a greatly admired meditation teacher, 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. He taught widely throughout the UK and helped develop many Kadampa Centers in England. Kadam Morten has been teaching in the US for more than 20 years and has established centers throughout the New York area, as well as Washington DC, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. In addition to his local teaching responsibilities, he teaches and guides retreats regularly throughout the United States and Europe.

Kadam Donna Campanelli is the Resident Teacher at Vajra Light Kadampa Buddhist Center. She has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 25 years and is a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. She is a wonderful example of Modern Buddhism – Dharma integrated into daily life.  With skill and enthusiasm, humor and kindness, Kadam Donna shows her students how to transform day-to-day difficulties into a meaningful life.


Gen Kelsang Chogyop is the Resident Teacher at Dharmachakra Kadampa Buddhist Center (Millburn NJ) and Menlha Kadampa Meditation Center (Lambertville NJ). Gen Chogyop has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for more than 20 years, and is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of Dharma.  Through emphasizing the Bodhisattva’s way of life, she encourages all the students at the center to bring their practice of Buddha’s teachings into their daily lives, bringing joy to as many people as possible.