Branch Teachers

  • Alessandra SchulmanAlessandra Schulman

    Alessandra has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for more than 10 years. She has been teaching meditation and Buddhist wisdom since 2008 and is appreciated for her honesty and humor, helping her students to quickly and easily put the teachings into effect.

  • Amy PengAmy Peng

    Amy has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2003 and has taught in Los Angeles and San Diego. With humor and warmth, Amy shows us the joy of integrating Buddha’s teachings into daily life, exemplifying the essence of the modern Kadampa’s way of life.

  • Gen-la JampaGen-la Jampa

    Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher at the Grand Canyon International Kadampa Retreat Center.
    Gen-la Jampa is an internationally renowned teacher, traveling​ frequently throughout the world visiting Centers and teaching at national and international festivals. ​He is well-loved for his warmth and kindness and is known for inspiring and clear teachings. By his example, he shows us how to practically and joyfully integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily lives. He is an inspiring example of modern Buddhism in practice.

  • JoeJoe

    Joe LaMattina has been practicing Dharma since 2003 and has been teaching for 11 years. Infusing humor and real-life examples, he presents the teachings in a way that everyone can relate to.

  • John GreenhamJohn Greenham

    John Greenham became a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1991 in San Francisco, and started teaching there in 1992. John’s teaching is based around encouraging people to develop and maintain a personal practice as a method for integrating the teachings into their daily lives.

  • KathiaKathia

    Kathia Rabelo has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1997. Kathia, who has been teaching in the Kadampa tradition for over 19 years, is known for her warmth and insight as well as giving practical teachings that can easily and quickly be put into practice.

  • Kelsang Rak-maKelsang Rak-ma

    Kelsang Rak-ma has been practicing Kadam Dharma for over 15 years. A teacher since 2000, she emphasizes formal meditation practices and their application in our busy lives, presenting the teachings with warmth and clarity.

  • Lisa LaMattinaLisa LaMattina

    Lisa LaMattina has been practicing Dharma since 2002 and has been teaching for 10 years. She presents the teachings in a practical way with an emphasis on managing expectations and benefiting others.

  • Naomi KingNaomi King

    Naomi is a Kadampa Buddhist meditation teacher who has been studying and practicing Buddhism for more than thirty years. She will introduce profoundly creative meditation methods that bring a deep, inner peace and a kind and loving heart, as taught by her teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Her classes are ideal for those new to meditation as well as those with previous experience.

  • Susan de la VergneSusan de la Vergne

    Susan has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2011 and began teaching in 2014. Susan is appreciated for her stories, humor, and practical advice, helping her students put Dharma teachings into practice in their daily lives.

  • Trina GuntherTrina Gunther

    Trina Gunther began practicing Kadampa Buddhism after attending her first class in 2004 and she started teaching four years later. Trina is appreciated for her clear and pure presentations of the Dharma as well as her kind and gentle nature.