Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC Los Angeles. 

He is a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, 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.

During the WCDC Gen Rigpa will give  be granting the Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Maitreya and teaching the commentaries on Saturday and Sunday.

Celebration Teacher for Friday Night Introduction

Gen Kelsang Sanden is a Canadian Buddhist monk, and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver.  He has been a long time student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. He is well loved for his compassion, sense of humour and the clarity of his teachings.

Gen Sanden is the main teacher at KMC Vancouver, leading guided retreats, Empowerments, weekend courses and the Foundation study program. as well as many weekly classes.  Gen Sanden will teach the Friday night introduction session at this celebration.

Celebration Teacher for Morning Meditation Sessions

A Canadian Buddhist monk, Gen Zopa has been presenting the profound and practical teachings of the Buddhist path for over 25 years. He is the Resident Teacher of Bodhichitta Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Victoria, BC. He teaches introductory classes and the Teacher Training Program and leads retreats and Empowerments in the Victoria region. Renowned for the clarity and depth of his teachings, his warmth and practicality bring to life the ancient art of meditation.

Gen Zopa will be leading the guided meditations on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Celebration.