Celebration Teachers

Kadam Morten Clausen

NKT Eastern U.S. National Spiritual Director and Resident Teacher of KMC NYC

Kadam Morten is the main Celebration teacher. He will be granting the empowerment and giving the commentaries.

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.


Gen Kelsang Chogden

Resident Teacher, KMC MD

Gen Chogden will be giving the Friday night introduction.

Gen Kelsang Chogden is an American Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center Maryland. Her compassionate activities of teaching, guiding, and inspiring those around her are the result of her deep faith, clear wisdom, and heartfelt concern for others. Chogden has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for approximately 17 years under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s guidance and brings true sincerity and humility to her life as a spiritual teacher.


Gen Kelsang Nyema

Resident Teacher, Vajrayogini Buddhist Center

Gen Nyema will be leading the meditations on Saturday and Sunday.

Gen Kelsang Nyema is an American Buddhist nun who has been the Resident Teacher of Vajrayogini Center in Washington, DC, since March 2015. Before that, she served as the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina for nearly seven years. Gen Nyema is known for her clear and practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings, and for her sense of humor.


Videos of Celebration Teachers

Video Excerpt of Kadam Morten’s Fall Festival Teaching, 2014; video Excerpt of Gen Chogden Leading Meditation at the US Festival, 2013; video of Gen Nyema’s TEDx Talk, 2014.