Gen-laD-webGen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, will grant the empowerment and give the teachings at the Festival.

Gen-la is loved and respected throughout the world for the sincerity of her practice and the power of her wisdom and compassion. A modern Buddhist nun, Gen-la Dekyong is dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner mental peace.

She has been a student of Geshe Kelsang for thirty years, during which time she has inspired thousands of people around the world through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, taking his teachings to heart and putting them into practice in every aspect of her life. Before her appointment as General Spiritual Director she was the National Spiritual Director of the United States.