Registration for the 2024 US National Festival opens July 16.

Special Events

Workshops, Retreats, and so much more.

Stillness Within: Tranquil Abiding Silent Day Retreat

Sat, Aug 17:  10 am – 3:00 pm

Workshop with Gen Jindak

Timeless Wisdom for a Happy Life:  Advice From Atisha’s Heart

Labor Day weekend: Aug 30 – Sept 2

A special annual retreat with all FL Resident Teachers at KMC Florida in Sarasota

Wheel of Life:  Understanding Our Situation and What to Do About It

Sat, Sept 7:  10 am – 12:45 pm

Workshop with Gen Jindak

Drop-In Meditation Classes

Engaging and practical stand-alone classes for all levels of experience!


11 am – 12:30 pm


Port St. Lucie branch
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm


12 pm – 1 pm


Delray Beach branch
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm /monthly


7 pm – 8:15 pm

Study Programs

Ready to take your understanding and practice to the next level? Let’s talk.

Foundation Program
Meaningful to Behold

Teacher Training Program
Tantric Grounds & Paths

Free Pujas (Chanted Meditations)

Essential self-guided, chanted meditations for deepening our practice.

Heart Jewel
The essence practice of Kadampa Buddhism

Powa Ceremony
For the deceased

Offering to the Spiritual Guide
The essence practice of Lamrim

Wishfulfilling Jewel
Purify negativity and accumulate merit

Tara Puja
Request blessings for all living beings

35 Medicine Buddhas
Swifty purify negative actions

Kadampa Festivals

Join Kadampas from around the world for unforgettable spiritual retreats. Available in person or online.

address: 4342 E Tradewinds Ave,  Lauderdale-by-the-Sea FL 33308  (map)
phone: (954) 372-7481
hours: Sun  11:30 am – 2 pm   |   Wed  11 am – 12 pm   |   Thu  6 pm – 7 pm   |   Sat  9:30 am – 2 pm (on event dates)

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KMC Fort Lauderdale offers an extensive program of day courses, meditation classes, study programs, and retreats where you can develop mindfulness and learn meditation techniques. The methods and practices taught at the Center are suitable for all individuals, whatever your level of interest. Following Buddha’s special advice, we can relax our minds, find deep and lasting inner peace, and become of greater benefit to others.

Everyone is welcome! We do not discriminate based on race, gender, background, age, religion, politics, sexual orientation, or otherwise. Everyone is always welcome at KMC Fort Lauderdale and Kadampa Centers around the world.

Meditation Makes Our Mind Peaceful

We want to be happy all the time, even during sleep. How can we do this? We can do this through training in meditation because meditation makes our mind peaceful, and when our mind is peaceful we are happy all the time, even if our external conditions are poor. On the other hand, when our mind is not peaceful we are not happy, even if our external conditions are excellent.

– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Understand the Mind

Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Jindak has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 20 years. Ordained as a Buddhist nun in 2003, she was given the name Kelsang Jindak, which means “Fortunate Benefactor”. She has many years of experience teaching and volunteering at Kadampa Centers around the U.S.  Gen Jindak has a clear, joyful teaching style and presents Kadampa Buddhism practically, for both beginners and experienced meditators alike.

Meditation Teachers

Dawn Jackson lives on Florida’s Treasure Coast and was previously active with KMC Long Island. With over 20 years of experience, she’s taught general program meditation classes, the Foundation Program, and classes for children and teens. Her encouraging, joyful style makes it easy to learn how to apply Buddha’s teachings to our daily lives so that everything we do becomes a meaningful practice.  Port St. Lucie class >

Star Sandow has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism for over 25 years. She served for many years as the Resident Teacher at KMC Long Island and has taught in NYC, Boston, and the Kadampa Temple in Glen Spey. Star is appreciated for her gentle, kind, warm-hearted teaching style, and she helps students discover profound meaning and joy in their Dharma practice.

Frank DeLeo has practiced meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2009, studies in our Foundation Program, and has attended many Kadampa festivals and retreats. He’s appreciated for giving practical teachings with real-life examples; and teaches with warmth and enthusiasm. Wed Lunchtime class >

Duane Butler has practiced meditation and Kadampa Buddhism for many years and studies in our Foundation Program. He is currently co-teaching our Sunday morning meditation classes. He’s very knowledgeable and passionate in his presentation of Dharma; and includes real-life, relatable examples in his teachings.

Rae Landers has practiced meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2015, studies with our Teacher Training Program, and has attended many Kadampa festivals and retreats. She’s known for her gentle, and compassionate approach to teaching, helping students find peace and joy in their practice.

Jan Olson has been studying Kadampa Buddhism since 2012. Currently, she studies with the Foundation Program at KMC Fort Lauderdale. Her joyful enthusiasm for her meditation practice is inspiring and encouraging to others.

Michele Souter has practiced meditation and Kadampa Buddhism with the Teacher Training Program for many years. She has an insightful sensitivity to the needs of people, and a kind, loving way of making others feel comfortable and cherished. As a teacher, she skillfully introduces meditation and basic Buddhist ideas and practices to newcomers.

Ianca Flores has 20 years of experience as a sincere practitioner of Buddha’s teachings as presented by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Through applying Buddha’s wisdom, he’s received immense benefits and improved all aspects of his life – and he enjoys sharing his experience so that others may do the same. Ianca is also a proud father of two teenage boys and a native Floridian.

Buddha Shakyamuni

The founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India some two and a half thousand years ago. Since then millions of people around the world have followed the pure spiritual path he revealed.

Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states of mind. He taught methods for gradually overcoming minds such as anger, jealousy, and ignorance; and developing positive minds such as love, compassion, and wisdom. Through this we will come to experience lasting peace and happiness. These methods work for anyone, in any country, of any age. Once we have gained experience of them for ourselves we can pass them on to others so they, too, can enjoy the same benefits.

The Buddhist way of life – peace, loving-kindness, and wisdom – is as relevant today as when Buddha appeared in ancient India.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The founder of modern Kadampa Buddhism is Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, affectionately known as Venerable Geshe-la, a world-renowned meditation master and Teacher. He inspired thousands of people around the world to apply the pure teachings of Buddha to their modern lives to solve their problems and discover deep, lasting inner peace and happiness. Today, the legacy of his work touches the lives of people of all nationalities and cultures.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche devoted his entire life to making the pure teachings of Buddha available in a modern form to people throughout the world. Now Venerable Geshe-la’s followers, holding him at their hearts, continue his work with auspicious projects in every region of the world.

Read about Venerable Geshe-la’s life >
Kadampa Brochure 2024 >
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner peace. She’s the Principal Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC and International Retreat Center and has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for more than thirty years. Gen-la has inspired thousands of people through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, her tireless dedication to helping Kadam Dharma flourish throughout the world, and her clear and accessible teachings.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa
Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Resident Teacher at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon. He is dedicated to helping people solve their daily problems by developing the capacity of their minds through the practice of meditation and modern Buddhism. Gen-la Jampa is well-loved for his clear and inspiring teachings, and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving kindness.

Kadam Morten Clausen
Eastern US National Spiritual Director

Kadam Morten is the Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City.

Gen Kelsang Demo
Midwest US National Spiritual Director

Gen Demo is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington DC.

Gen Kelsang Rigpa
Western US National Spiritual Director

Gen Rigpa is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Hollywood.

Activities Calendar

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