ABOUT THE MADC
The Mid-Atlantic Dharma Celebration is an annual regional Kadampa Buddhist celebration in Baltimore that includes teachings, a blessing ceremony called an empowerment, and guided meditations. An empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we receive powerful blessings that enrich our body, speech, and mind. This year, Kadam Morten will grant the empowerment of Buddha White Tara, a female enlightened Deity whose function is to bestow long life, wisdom and good fortune. He will give teachings on the practice of the five forces, the essence of all Dharmas. Everyone is welcome.
White Tara is a female enlightened being who bestows long life, wisdom, and good fortune. It is said that living beings receive Tara’s blessings as swiftly as the wind moves because she is the manifestation of the wind element of all the Buddhas. If we rely upon her with faith, she will protect us from dangers and diseases.
The Empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we receive powerful blessings that enrich our body, speech, and mind.
TEACHINGS ON THE PRACTICES
OF THE FIVE FORCES
Kadam Morten will give teachings on how to integrate our Dharma practices into our daily life by means of the Five Forces. These are:
- The Force of Motivation
- The Force of Familiarity
- The Force of White Seed
- The Force of Destruction
- The Force of Aspirational Prayer
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso says in ‘Eight Steps to Happiness’,
“If we sincerely engage in our Dharma practice in conjunction with the five forces, we shall gather all the causes and conditions for attaining the realizations. If all the causes and conditions for deep and genuine realizations are assembled, nothing can prevent the effect.”
Kadam Morten Clausen is the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition & Resident Teacher at the KMC New York City. For over 30 years he has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Kadam Morten is greatly admired as a meditation teacher and is especially known for his clarity, humor and inspirational presentation of Dharma. His teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life. This year Kadam Morten will grant the empowerment of Buddha White Tara and give teachings on the practice of the Five Forces.
Gen Kelsang Chogden is an American Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland. Gen Chogden has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 18 years under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Gen Chogden’s compassionate activities of teaching, guiding and inspiring those around her are the result of her deep faith, clear wisdom, and heartfelt concern for others that brings true sincerity and humility to her life as a spiritual teacher. Through her gentle and joyful approach and her peaceful example, she has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts. Gen Chogden will guide the meditations during MADC.
Gen Kelsang Nyema, has been the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington, DC, since March 2015. Before her appointment in Washington, DC, she served as the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina for nearly seven years. Prior to that, she was the Education Program Coordinator at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia for over five years.
Gen Nyema will give an Introductory Talk on Friday evening.
Friday, March 17:
4 – 7:15pm: Registration
6pm: Dinner (pre-registration required)
7:30 – 9pm: Introductory Talk with Gen Nyema
Saturday, March 18:
8 – 8:45am: Registration
9 – 10 am: Meditation with Gen Chogden
10 – 10:45am: Registration
11 am – 1 pm: Empowerment of Buddha White Tara with Kadam Morten
1:30 – 3 pm: Lunch
3:30 – 5 pm: Commentary with Kadam Morten
5:30 – 7 pm: Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 pm: Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers with offerings
Sunday, March 19:
8:15 – 8:45am: Registration
9 -10 am: Meditation with Gen Chogden
10:15 – 10:45am: Registration
11 am – 12:30 pm: Commentary with Kadam Morten
12:45 – 2 pm: Lunch
3 – 4:30 pm: Commentary with Kadam Morten