Resident Teacher and Western US National Spiritual Director

Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC-Hollywood and Dharmachakra Kadampa Buddhist Center. 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 student discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

2018 Special Events with Gen Kelsang Rigpa

In addition to his teaching responsibilities as Resident Teacher at KMC Hollywood and Dharmachakra KBC in Palm Springs, Gen Rigpa serves as the National Spiritual Director for the Western United States, giving empowerments and teachings at Dharma Celebrations. Gen Rigpa also teaches and guides retreats regularly throughout the United States. Listed below is his regional and national teaching schedule for 2018.

Dharmachakra KBC, Palm Springs, California
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Public Talk – Living With Intention: Spiritual Resolutions for the New Year

Dharmachakra KBC, Palm Springs, California
Saturday, February 3, 2018 Heart Jewel Workshop and Retreat

Salt Lake City, Utah
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Clarity of the Mind Retreat @ Meet Me on 33rd

KMC San Francisco, California
Friday, February 16, 2018 Public Talk: Awakening the Heart: A New Perspective on Relationships
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Guided Retreat on Taking & Giving

Mahakaruna KMC, Sacramento, California
Sunday, February 18, 2018Public Talk: Awakening the Heart: A New Perspective on Relationships @ Sacramento Food Co-op

Dharmachakra KBC, Palm Springs, California
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Living In the Moment: Acceptance, Impermanence & Transformation

California Dharma Celebration – KMC Hollywood, California
Friday-Sunday, March 2-4, 2018 Avalokiteshvara Empowerment & Powa Teachings

KMC Austin, Texas
Thursday, March 8, 2018 Introduction to Kadampa Buddhism & Practice

KMC Texas, Dallas, Texas
Saturday, March 10, 2018 Finding Enlightenment in the Modern World Day Course

Dharmachakra KBC, Palm Springs, California
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Tantric Technology: Introduction to Buddhist Tantra

Zen Mountain Center Away Retreat, Mountain Center, California
Thursday-Sunday, March 22-25, 2018 Journey to the Clear Light Retreat on Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

KMC Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, April 6: Public Talk The Healing Power of Meditation
Saturday, April 7: Workshop on Three Principal Aspects of the Path
Sunday, April 8: Prayers for World Peace – Compassion & World Peace

Dharmachakra KBC, Palm Springs, California
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Request to the Lord of All Lineages Workshop

Mahakankala KBC, Santa Barbara
Sunday, April 22, 2018 Wishfulfilling Jewel with Offerings & Community Talk

United States National Festival, KMC New York
Friday, April 27, 2018 Introductory Talk

Heruka KBC, Fort Collins, Colorado
Thursday, May 3, 2018 Public Talk: A New Perspective on Relationships

KMC Colorado, Denver, Colorado
May 4, 2018 Public Talk: Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times
May 5, 2018 Day Course: Free Yourself with Wisdom (Based on US Festival Teachings on the union of the two truths)
May 6, 2018 Prayers for World Peace: Universal Compassion & Radiant Wisdom

Mahamudra KBC, Hermosa Beach, California
Wednesday May 9, 2018 The Union of Sutra & Tantra

Dharmachakra KBC, Palm Springs, California
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Living With a Mind of Prayer

IKRC Grand Canyon, Arizona
Fri-Sun June 1-3, 2018 International Spring Post Festival Retreat

Dharmachakra KBC, Palm Springs, California
Saturday, June 9, 2018 Healing Anxiety Workshop

KMC Fort Lauderdale, Florida
June 14, 2018 Public Talk: Believing in Yourself: Who Do You Want to Be?

KMC Florida, Sarasota, Florida
Friday-Sunday, June 15-17, 2018 Awakening Our Wisdom – Weekend Meditation Retreat based on the International Spring Festival Teachings

IKRC Grand Canyon, Arizona
Monday-Tuesday, June 25-26, 2018 Guided Heart Jewel Retreat following Je Tsongkhapa & Dorje Shugden Empowerments with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Lake Arrowhead Away Retreat, Lake Arrowhead, California
Thursday-Sunday, August 16-19, 2018 Awakening the Heart: Transformation Through Loving Kindness

Idyllwild, California
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Public Talk TBD

KMC San Francisco, California
Friday-Saturday, August 24-25, 2018 Inner Buddhist Technology… for a Happy and Meaningful Life

Mahakaruna KMC, Sacramento, California
Sunday, August 26, 2018 Topic TBD

Salt Lake City, Utah
Sunday, September 2, 2018 Transforming Depression: A Buddhist Perspective @ Meet Me on 33rd

Northwest Dharma Celebration – KMC Washington, Seattle, Washington
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Public Talk
Fri-Sun September 14-16 Dorje Shugden Empowerment & Teachings on Heart Jewel

IKRC Grand Canyon, Arizona Away Retreat with Gen Rigpa and Gen Choma
Thursday-Sunday, October 25-28, 2018 The Bliss of Inner Peace Retreat, Co-hosted by KMC Hollywood & KMC San Francisco

Southwest Dharma Celebration – KMC Texas, Dallas, Texas
Friday-Sunday, November 9-11, 2018 Seeing Beyond the Ordinary: The Empowerment of Dorje Shugden and Teachings on Heart Jewel

KMC Long Island – Huntington, New York
Saturday, December 22 Topic TBD
Sunday, December 23 Topic TBD