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 Formal 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 formal 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.

Formal sustaining members make a commitment to the study and practice of Dharma by participating regularly in the teachings and activities of Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche.  A formal sustaining member may vote in the annual Members’ Meeting, where the MDC Board leadership is elected.

We offer you deep bows of gratitude for your ongoing support of Rinpoche’s teachings and your Dharma practice.

To become a formal sustaining member, please contact:  [email protected].

Regular giving can be set up via paypal or other methods–see our Giving page.