Program & Teachers

The Healing Power of Compassion: The Blessing Empowerment of Avalokiteshvara

The Midwest Dharma Celebration is a very special annual event that connects practitioners from around the Midwest. This weekend of practical teachings, powerful meditations, and an energizing blessing empowerment is an event not to be missed. If you are new to Buddhism, the Celebration weekend provides a perfect opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and experience of Buddha’s teachings.

Saturday and Sunday teachings with Gen Kelsang Demo

During this meaningful weekend, Gen Kelsang Demo, Midwestern US National Spiritual Director, will grant the blessing empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, Buddha of Compassion. An empowerment is a blissful and imaginative guided meditation that allows us to recognize clearly our spiritual potential and empowers us in our practice. In particular we will deepen our connection to Avalokiteshvara. Through receiving Avalokiteshvara’s blessings, the minds of universal love and compassion will grow and, eventually, we will become just like the Buddha of Compassion.

Following the empowerment, Gen Demo will give teachings on the practice of Taking and Giving, a well known healing meditation practice that is one of the most powerful methods for opening our hearts and healing our mental and physical illness. This ancient practice brings mental peace and happiness, and is especially helpful in situations where we may otherwise feel powerless to directly helping others or overcoming adversity. Through teachings and guided meditations, we will learn to heal our mind and enhance our love, compassion, and wisdom.

Gen Kelsang Demo

Friday introduction with Gen Kelsang Gomlam

Gen Kelsang Gomlam

Gen Gomlam is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Madison. She has been studying, practicing and teaching Kadam Dharma for many years. Gen Gomlam’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. Through her loving kindness, sincere concern for others, and deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings, she provides an inspiring example of someone who has taken Buddha’s teachings to heart.

Meditations with Gen Kelsang Wangden

Gen Kelsang Wangden

Gen Wangden is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis. Gen Wangden is known for his kind heart, joyful nature, and practical advice. He enjoys helping students of all abilities and interests understand and apply Buddhist lessons and cultivate inner peace.

For the Benefit of All

All International and National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations are hosted by Kadampa Meditation Centers and Kadampa Buddhist Centers, and many are held in Temples for World Peace. All profits from these events are dedicated to public benefit through the International Temples Project (ITP). Simply by attending this and any Kadampa Dharma Celebration you are helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.