• Teachings on How to be a Modern-day Bodhisattva (Florida Dharma Celebration)

    Friday, March 13th-Sunday, March 15th, 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Individual days can be attended. See below

    Accommodation options available.

  • About This Event



    PLEASE NOTE: we will not be holding the event or gathering on site (the KMC Florida temple will be closed)

    As you are aware the WHO has now classified the COVID 19 as a pandemic. We have been tracking the coronavirus developments as well and due to these unusual circumstances we are only offering a live stream option for the entire event as scheduled. This will include the Blessing Empowerment of Avalokiteshvara, the meditations and teachings on how to be a Modern Day Bodhisattva (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday), and Wishfulfilling Jewel Prayers. We have decided we will not hold the event or gathering on site at the KMC Florida Sarasota Temple (the Temple will be closed). We have arranged for the full event to be live streamed on your computer, tablet or phone. Please refer to the schedule times below.
    By the end of today there will be a booking link below to register. Once you have registered, you will receive information on how to log in.
    We are happy to be able to share this experience with everyone!
    Please note: We will be issuing refunds for all accommodations, meals and parking previously booked.
    As this will be a new experience for all of us, please be patient with the process.


    2020 Florida Dharma Celebration with Eastern US National Spiritual Director Kadam Morten Clausen
    Teachings on How to be a Modern-day Bodhisattva with Blessing Empowerment of Avalokiteshvara

    At this year’s Florida Dharma Celebration, we will learn how to become a modern-day Bodhisattva and receive the Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara. Avalokiteshvara is the Buddha of compassion, the embodiment of enlightened compassion. The empowerment is a blissful guided meditation through which we make a direct connection with this sublime Buddha, and receive powerful blessings.

    According to Buddha, the best life is that of a Bodhisattva, a person who is progressing towards the actualization of their highest potential in order to be of real benefit to everyone. Kadam Morten will give a commentary to the practice of the Buddha of compassion, focusing in particular on the development of bodhichitta. Many people might feel that such an attainment is beyond us, but Kadam Morten will show how through skillfully applying Buddha’s teachings, we can all become Bodhisattvas, and our lives can become breathtakingly meaningful, beneficial, and joyful.

    For complete details of the event, including information about parking, venue, teachers, and so forth, please go to floridadharmacelebration.org.

  • Event Schedule

    Friday, March 13th:
    5:30 – 7:00 pm:  Live Stream check-in
    7:00 – 8:30 pm:  Introduction with Gen Chodor

    Saturday, March 14th:  

    8:00 - 10:45am: Live Stream check-in (instructions have been emailed to you if you registered for Friday Introduction; questions? fldharmacelebration@gmail.com)

    9:00 -10:00 am:  Meditation with Gen Chodor
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm:  Empowerment with Kadam Morten
    3:00 – 4:30 pm:  Teaching with Kadam Morten
    7:00 – 8:00 pm:  Wishfulfilling Jewel w/tsog Chanted Prayers

    Sunday, March 15th

    8:00 - 10:45am: Live Stream check-in  (instructions will be emailed to you)

    9:00 – 10:00 am:  Meditation with Gen Chodor
    11:00 am – 12:30 pm:  Teaching with Kadam Morten
    2:30 – 4:00 pm:  Teaching with Kadam Morten

    Prayer booklets that will be used during the live stream: 

    If you would like to purchase the sadhana ( prayers) associated with the Buddha Avalokiteshvara , you can go to our Tharpa Publications website and purchase the ebook download thru this link
    Teachings Sessions & Saturday Morning Meditation: Prayers for Meditation
    Sunday Morning Meditation: Avalokiteshvara Sadhana
    Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog Saturday evening: Wishfulfilling Jewel Chanted Prayers and Prayers for the Long Life of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
  • Accommodation Options

    KMC Florida has a variety of on-site accommodation options including single, double, and triple occupancy rooms as well as a male and female dorm. We also have ample bathroom facilities for our guests. Staying onsite in our comfortable accommodation gives our retreat and class participants the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the meditation retreat or course they are attending.

  • The Teacher

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    This event is taught by Kadam Morten Clausen. Kadam Morten Clausen is the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City, and also Bodh Gaya Center in Bayside, Queens. For over 30 years he has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who gave him the title “Kadam,” indicating that he is a senior lay teacher of the Kadampa Tradition. 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. Through his gentle and joyful approach and his peaceful example, he has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts.

  • Cost

    Entire WeekendFridaySaturdaySunday
    Cost per personOn-line: $120
    On-line live stream: $15
    On-line live stream: $75
    On-line live stream: $45

    Live streaming classes booked on this website are only open for those local to KMC Florida. To help build a sense of local community, we ask those living in Florida, closer to Tampa, Safety Harbor, Fort Myers, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, and Orlando, to receive live stream classes from these local Kadampa Meditation/Buddhist Centers.

    Before purchasing our live stream classes please read our payment terms and conditions. 

    KMC FL's Online Class Terms & Conditions

    • The fee for the live stream classes is per person - links to the classes are not to be shared
    • Classes are offered live and online. Unless stated, a video recording is not available afterward

    Refunds and Cancellation

    • Registrants can cancel participation to a live class and receive a full refund by emailing treasurerkmcfl@gmail.com at least 24 hours before the start time of the class.
    • No refunds are given within 24 hours of any class unless there are unique circumstances that are submitted in writing to treasurerkmcfl@gmail.com
    • KMC FL has done its best to provide a good quality live-stream service. We cannot be responsible for the internet speed, lagging, video or sound quality of the personal devices used by people to receive the live stream.

    I agree to these registration terms and conditions.