The Blessing Empowerment & Teachings
Kadam Morten Clausen
Kadam Morten Clausen is the principal teacher of the Northeast Dharma Celebration–granting Amitayus 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 30 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. Kadam Morten met his teacher, Geshe Kelsang, while attending university in England. 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.
The Friday Introduction
The Morning Meditations
Gen Kelsang Chogyop
Gen Kelsang Chogyop will guide the morning meditations on Saturday and Sunday at the Celebration. Gen Chogyop is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia and Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center in 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. She provides an inspiring example of a modern Buddhist practitioner. 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.