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.

The Center 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 have grown into a caring Sangha of Buddhist practitioners. Rinpoche invites all to visit and participate!

What Is A 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 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 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.

Become a Member

Why Give?

Your tax-deductible donation directly supports ongoing access to these practices, teachings, and meditation opportunities. It also allows us to expand Dharma teachings by funding the cost of receiving guest teachers from around the world. As a member you become an active part of our community, a family of practitioners in the Karma Kagyu Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Your commitment to make regular offerings at any level provides us with dependable and sustainable income that supports our teacher and covers the costs of maintaining the Center. This ensures ongoing practice opportunities for our entire community and allows Rinpoche to continue his generous offering of the Dharma. We are grateful for any level of support you are able to offer.