Resident Teacher and Western US National Spiritual Director

Gen Kelsang Rigpa

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC-Hollywood. 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 student discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

Videos of Gen Rigpa teaching

Fall 2019 Teaching Schedule outside of los angeles

“Overcoming Perfectionism, Self-Criticism & Discouragement” Public Talk
Monday, August 26th, 2019 | 7pm Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, California
Mahakaruna Kadampa Meditation Center

“Breaking Bad Habits: Finding Freedom from Addiction and Attachment” Public Talk
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 | 7:00-8:30pm
Kadampa Meditation Center San Francisco

“Inner Strength” Public Talk
Saturday, Sept 7, 2019 | 3-4:30pm
Salt Lake City Public Library, Utah

“Inner Strength: Half Day Meditation Retreat”
Sunday, Sept 8, 2019 | 10am-2pm
Jane’s Home – Salt Lake City, Utah

Topics TBD
Fri-Sat, November 22-23, 2019
Kadampa Meditation Center Arizona, Tucson

“Inner Strength: The Power to Be Happy” Public Talk
Sunday, November 24, 2019 | 10am-11:15am
Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, Arizona

“The Power to Be Happy” Public Talk
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center, Olympia, Washington

Northwest Dharma Celebration
Buddha Shakyamuni Empowerment & Teachings on Liberating Prayer
December 6-8, 2019
Kadampa Meditation Center Washington, Seattle