A Brief History of MDC

Khenpo Karten Rinpoche arrived in the United States in 2008. He taught in the Monterey Bay area for the first time in September of that year. He returned in 2009 and after meeting a group of prospective students, decided to make his home here. Since then, Rinpoche has established his permanent Buddhist facility, Manjushri Dharma Center, in the town of Pacific Grove. This has become his main teaching location and residence in the U.S.  Rinpoche also has sanghas in Portland, Boston, New Jersey, New York, Singapore, Malaysia, and India as well.

The Manjushri Dharma Center in Pacific Grove offers weekly programs and daylong retreats, hosts Buddhist teachers from all around the world, and provides spiritual services to the surrounding community. The Center’s members are kind and caring Buddhist practitioners. Rinpoche invites all to participate!

What Is A Sustaining Member?

You are grateful to me for Dharma kindness, I am grateful to you for kind material support. Helping one another in this way, is sacred Dharma work. That is my heart advice.

— Ven. Khenpo Karten Rinpoche Heart Advice of Dharma Nectar

Dharma teachings are always open to all and freely given.  Becoming a sustaining member means supporting the spiritual community and the activities of Ven. Khenpo Karten Rinpoche by making an ongoing commitment of a small amount of your time in volunteer service and/or in the form of monthly or annual donations to help support the Center.  A sustaining member is someone who wishes to help ensure the survival and flourishing of this Center and of Rinpoche’s precious teachings by offering regular support, even from afar.

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About Khenpo Karten Rinpoche

Khenpo Karten Rinpoche is of the Karma Kagyu Lineage and is also trained in the Nyingma Lineage. Rinpoche was born in Tibet and ordained as a novice monk at the age of twelve. He completed basic studies by age fifteen, then began studies of Sutra and Tantric texts with several accomplished masters for eight years. Subsequently Khenpo Karten Rinpoche went to the hermitage of the accomplished teacher, Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche and completed five years of retreat under his direction. In the retreat he mastered the practices of Naropa’s six yogas, Mahamudra, and many others. In recognition of his achievements, Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche gave him the title, Khenpo Karma Lekshe Tharchin in 1994. In 1996, he left Tibet and traveled to Dharamsala, India to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Upon His Holiness’ advice, he spent another two years doing retreat. H.H. Dalai Lama, also recognizing his achievement, bestowed upon him the title Khenpo Rinpoche.
Since 2002, Rinpoche visited and offered Amitabha teachings to thousands of people in Portland, Oregon, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Burma, Taiwan, Nepal, and India. He now lives and teaches at the Manjushri Dharma Center in Pacific Grove, California.

Rinpoche offers weekly “Dharma Bites,” brief written teachings and videos in the Manjushri Dharma Center Newsletter, sent via email each Monday.   Keep up with Khenpo Karten and our sangha’s activities by subscribing to the MDC Newsletter.  Keep connected and keep in touch!

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