The Empowerment of Buddha Manjushri

with Teachings on How to Understand the Mind

with Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Western US National Spiritual Director

and Resident Teacher at KMC Los Angeles

International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon

April 5 –  7

Gather together with Kadampa Buddhist practitioners from all around the Southwest United States in a celebration of faith, wisdom and compassion. Meet new Sangha friends from other Centers, discuss Dharma, listen, contemplate and meditate on profound teachings, and relax within the peaceful environment of the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon. Everyone is welcome to sign up for this in-person event!

Our world needs wisdom. Every single one of us can benefit by improving our wisdom. With wisdom we know what to practice and what to abandon; we come to understand which states of mind are not serving us that we need to let go of, and which ones we can replace them with that will bring us deep inner peace.

By receiving the Empowerment of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri at this year’s Southwest Dharma Celebration, we will receive powerful and inspirational blessings for developing and enhancing our virtuous intelligent minds. Then Gen Kelsang Rigpa will give commentary on key teachings from Geshe Kelsang Gyasto’s book How to Understand the Mind, to offer us deep insight into the nature and function of our mind which can be used practically in our everyday experience to improve our lives.

With deeper understanding of the practice of meditation as a means for controlling and transforming our minds, we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.


Empowerment & Teachings

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 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 students discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

Friday Night Introduction

Gen Kelsang Menla has studied under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 20 years and was requested by him to become the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Texas in June 2017. Gen Menla was ordained as a Kadampa Buddhist monk in 2001 and has worked and taught within the New Kadampa Tradition for many years. He brings a warm heart and joyful attitude to sharing Buddha’s teachings and the practice of meditation.

Morning Meditations

Gen Kelsang Lingpur is an ordained American Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Arizona in Tucson. She has been a student and disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 20 years. With a down-to-earth style, Gen Lingpur helps us to look at our situation in a new light and to transform negative minds into positive ones.


IKRC GC is the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon which holds the fifth Kadampa Temple dedicated for World Peace.

The Temple is situated within the beautiful region of Northern Arizona, with stunning views, adjacent to the historical Route 66, and the town of Williams.

Enjoy our comfortable accommodations, on-premises café, and gift shop.




Sojong Ceremony: 4pm-5:30pm, presided by Gen Rigpa (for ordained only)

Introduction: 7:30pm-9pm with Gen Kelsang Menla


Meditation: 9am-10am w/ Gen Kelsang Lingpur

Empowerment: 11am-1pm w/ Gen Kelsang Rigpa 

Commentary: 4pm-5:30pm w/ Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Wishfulfilling Jewel with Tsog Puja: 7:30-8:30pm Gen Kelsang Rigpa to preside


Meditation: 9am-10am w/ Gen Kelsang Lingpur

Commentary: 11am-12:30pm w/ Gen Kelsang Rigpa 

Commentary: 2:30pm-4pm w/ Gen Kelsang Rigpa

What is an Empowerment?

An empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we connect to a Buddha’s enlightened mind, in this case, Buddha Manjushri’s enlightened mind. By receiving these inspiring blessings, our own potential for wisdom increases and we draw closer to the special blessings and care of Buddha Manjushri. By doing this, we can realize the greatest meaning of this precious human life.


Book & Prayer Booklets

Gen Kelsang Rigpa will be giving teachings from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s book How to Understand the Mind.

The following prayer booklets will be used during the Celebration: Prayers for Meditation, Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, Wishfulfilling Jewel, Treasury of Wisdom: The Sadhana of Venerable Manjushri.

If you would like to purchase any of these in advance, please visit Tharpa us. These are available in both hard copy and electronic version.

Celebration Pricing

$115 for the full celebration
$15 for Friday
$75 for Saturday
$35 for Sunday


When you register, you will have the option to add accommodations and meals at the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon.

Audio Recordings Pricing

Audio Recordings may be purchased when making a booking or in person. Audio recordings are of the teaching sessions and empowerment talk only, and do not include the empowerment, guided meditations or chanted prayers; they may only be purchased for sessions that you have registered for and are for the sole use of the registered recipient.

$25 for the full audio recordings
$5 for Friday
$10 per day Sat and Sun

Cancellations and Refunds

A 25% booking fee will be retained for all cancellations up to 24 hours before the start of the Celebration. Within 24 hours of the start of the Celebration, all fees are non-refundable. Non-refunded fees for cancellations go to the NKT International Temples Project.

Contact Us

International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon

6701 E Mountain Ranch Rd, Williams, AZ 86046

(928) 637-6232