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Our Teachers

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche - Founder and Spiritual Director of the NKT

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully-accomplished meditation master and internationally-renowned teacher of Buddhism.

Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time. Alhough he has now formally retired as Spiritual Director, even at the age of 88, he continues to work tirelessly to spread the precious teachings of Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world with the intention that every living being eventually experience the supreme peace of enlightenment.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong - General Spiritual Director of the NKT

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) and Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC. She is an ordained Buddhist nun who has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty years, sincerely training under his guidance in all aspects of Kadam Dharma. She is recognized as a fully-qualified Dharma Teacher of both Sutra and Tantra. Besides teaching at Manjushri KMC, Gen-la also teaches at major events throughout the world.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa - Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT

Gen-la Jampa is an internationally-renowned Buddhist ordained teacher and the Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher of the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona.​ Gen-la is well-loved for his clear and inspiring teachings, and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness. We are fortunate to have Gen-la giving teachings at the nearby retreat center and periodically in Tucson.

Gen Kelsang Rigpa - US Western National Spiritual Director

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC Hollywood. His heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. He shows the joy of living a spiritual life and is an inspiring example of Buddhism in practice. Through his clear presentation, he is able to help students discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

Gen Kelsang Lingpur - Resident Teacher, KMC Arizona

Gen Lingpur is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Arizona in Tucson. She has been a student and disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 20 years. Gen Lingpur has been ordained as a Buddhist nun for many years and has taught in the New Kadampa Tradition in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Mexico. Having benefited greatly herself from the study of Buddhadharma, she is happy to give back by sharing her love of Buddha’s teachings. With a down-to-earth style, Gen Lingpur helps us to look at our situation in a new light and to transform negative minds into positive ones.

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