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.

  • CarolineCaroline
  • Gen Kelsang TenzinGen Kelsang Tenzin

    Gen Tenzin is a Buddhist monk of over 19 years and has taught Kadampa Buddhism extensively for over 20 years throughout the United States. He has a great depth of understanding of the teachings and is skillful in his presentation by sharing them in an entertaining, approachable, and kind-hearted manner.

  • Gen SamtenGen Samten
  • 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.

  • Kadam Rebecca GauthierKadam Rebecca Gauthier

    Kadam Rebecca Gauthier, a Western lay practitioner, has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism under Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s guidance for over twenty years. Her heartfelt teachings are presented with clarity and humor that make them accessible to everyone. Through her kindness, humility and deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings, Kadam Rebecca provides an inspiring example of a contemporary Buddhist practitioner we can follow.

  • 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.

  • Keli VaughanKeli Vaughan

    Keli is a long-time student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has studied to become a teacher under the direct guidance of our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre. She has served as the assistant teacher for both KMC California and KMC Hollywood, the principal Temples here in Southern California.

  • 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.

  • Mike RacadioMike Racadio

    Mike Racadio has been studying the teachings of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years. As a teacher himself, he enjoys helping students discover practical ways to incorporate these teachings into their daily lives; his experience of Kadam Dharma and his counseling skills make him an effective and compassionate Kadampa Teacher

  • 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 loves meditation and has been practicing Kadampa Buddhist meditation since 2004. Trina has spent many years integrating her meditation practice with her busy professional and family life. She enjoys exploring the many benefits of Buddhist meditation with others and looks forward to helping you discover your own inner peace and joy.