Program & Schedule

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7-8:30 PM Introductory talk
9-10 AM Meditation
11 AM – 1 PM Empowerment
1-3 PM Lunch
3-4:30 PM Commentary
5-5:30 PM NKT Day presentation
5:45-6:30 PM Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide with Mantra recitation
9-10 AM Meditation
11 AM – 12:30 PM Teaching
12:30-2 PM Lunch
2-3:30 PM Teaching

The 2023 Midwest Dharma Celebration is a wonderful opportunity for practitioners from all over the Midwest to receive an energizing blessing empowerment, listen to inspiring teachings, and engage in powerful meditations together. Whether new to Buddhism or an experienced practitioner, all are welcome to attend this incredible spiritual event.

During this meaningful weekend, Gen Kelsang Demo, Midwestern US National Spiritual Director, will grant the blessing empowerment of Dorje Shugden.

Dorje Shugden is a Dharma protector. The principal function of a Dharma protector is to protect our Dharma practice. If we rely on Dorje Shugden he will grant us blessings, increase our wisdom and bestow success on our spiritual activities. This empowerment is an opportunity to make a strong connection with this Buddha and to receive his powerful blessings.

Following the empowerment, Gen Demo will give teachings on how to transform daily life into a spiritual path using a special presentation of all Buddha’s teachings known as the Lamrim. The heart of Kadampa Buddhism is the practice of Lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment. With this presentation we can easily integrate Buddha’s teachings into modern daily life. By relying on the Wisdom Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we will quickly gain deep inner experience of Lamrim and transform our life into the spiritual path.

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.