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19 September 2020


california dharma celebration 2020

Last weekend the 2020 California Dharma Celebration was held both in-person and online from KMC Hollywood.

Gen Rigpa, National Spiritual Direcotr for Western USA, granted the empowerment of Dorje Shugden and commentary to the long protector practice, Melodious Drum Victorious in all Directions.

We learned how Dorje Shugden is the supreme heart jewel of Dharma Protectors who is principally responsible for maintaining the life of the Ganden Oral Lineage instructions. And how by deepening our way of relying on him, in dependence upon the instructions contained within Melodious Drum, we can swiftly gather the necessary conditions to gain all the realisations of this profound lineage within this life.

Gen Rigpa described the miracle of finding Je Tsongkhapa’s path and the tireless efforts of Dorje Shugden and his retinue to help us practice this path amidst the distractions of modern life.

Why rely on Dorje Shugden?

Beings in this present time have a strong karmic link with Dorje Shugden, and so he is the Dharma Protector who is most able to help them. This is why it is said that, "Now is the time to rely upon Dorje Shugden."

Dorje Shugden always helps, guides, and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, fulfilling their wishes, and bestowing success on all their virtuous activities.

Kelsang Chandra,
KMC San Francisco

"Relying on Dorje Shugden is a big part of my spiritual practice. Especially during challenging times, by remembering him, I can see my appearances as the perfect opportunity for Dharma practice.

I can always be confident that the experiences I am presented with are exactly what I need."


Caroline and Gary

“There’s nothing to worry about. We just need to practice Dharma and it will bring wonderful results for ourself and others."

"I loved the analogies around our spiritual doubt holding us back like a pebble in an athlete's shoe. It really resonated for me when I framed doubt as a lack of conviction that undermines the attainment of the actual goal"

Anna, KMC Penngrove

"Relying on Dorje Shugden gives me a sense of being protected and guided in not only my formal Dharma practice but also in even the most mundane aspects of my daily life. He is a powerful and swift Dharma Protector and I’ve learned humility in experiencing how he functions to give us exactly the conditions we need for our spiritual growth."


The inspiration behind the California Dharma Celebration.

Our founder, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is the inspiration behind the California Dharma Celebration. He is a fully accomplished meditation master, internationally renowned Teacher of Buddhism, and founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.