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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rosa Linda CruzRosa Linda Cruz
  • Ryan ThomsonRyan Thomson

    Ryan Thomson has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2004 and began teaching in 2008. He is excited to pass on the wisdom he has gleaned from his teachers. Ryan is appreciated for his humility and sincerity to help students practically integrate Buddha's wisdom into their daily lives.

  • Susan de la VergneSusan de la Vergne

    Susan has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for six years and has been teaching our La Cañada branch class for two years. Susan is appreciated for her stories, humor, and clarity, helping her students put Dharma teachings into practice.

  • 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.