Kadampa Buddhist Teachers

Understanding the benefit of Buddha’s teachings led Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso to express a wish that Buddhism be available to be practiced by anyone, in any culture, in any country so that the teachings were accessible to them.

To make this wish a reality he has put great effort into training hundreds of qualified Teachers around the world who in turn make Buddha’s teachings available to people in their countries, presented in their own language, according to their own culture.

Every Kadampa Buddhist Center has a Resident Teacher who has either completed, or is studying on the Teacher Training Program. The Centers are supported by a National Spiritual Director, Deputy Spiritual Director, and General Spiritual Director. These Teachers, who are democratically elected, are pure practitioners who have much to share about the Buddhist way of life.

With this network of support and a special study program that entails the study of twelve traditional subjects based on explanation provided in Geshe Kelsang’s books, various meditation retreats, and a commitment to follow the Buddhist way of life sincerely and purely the Teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition are qualified to lead students into spiritual paths.

The Teachers in the NKT hold the lineage blessings of Kadampa Buddhism, consequently they are able and qualified to teach all of Geshe Kelsang’s books. They are also available to give personal meditation advice.

To have such experienced and supportive teachers who can give encouragement and advice in our own language is a completely new development in Western countries. Through the actions of Geshe Kelsang Kadampa Buddhism has now become a truly global religion. It is one of Geshe Kelsang’s most precious gifts.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

General Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Deputy Spiritual Director

Gen Kelsang Demo

Midwestern US National Spiritual Director

Kelsang Namdrol

KMC Bloomington Resident Teacher

Kelsang Namdrol

General Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, a modern Buddhist nun, is the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, is dedicated to helping people across the world, from all walks of life
so that they can attain lasting happiness through developing inner mental peace.

As a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty years, Gen-la has inspired thousands of people around the world through her sincere reliance
on her Spiritual Guide, her ability to take his teachings to heart and put them into practice in all aspects of her life, and to explain how we can do the same.

Gen-la Dekyong is a highly experienced Buddhist Teacher who has had the opportunity to teach around the world at many different centers internationally. In particular, she work
for decades to spread these teachings throughout the US being based in Albuquerque, Seattle, NY, and Los Angeles, amongst other cities where she served as the National Spiritual
Director of the USA.

She is a very powerful and inspiring Teacher who is able to make Buddha’s teachings easily accessible. She shows through her example how to integrate these teachings into our daily

Gen-la has dedicated her life to helping spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by developing meditation centers and Temples in as many countries as possible, and she
provides enthusiastic support and encouragement to everyone engaged in these projects.

Each year, Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.

Deputy Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon.

He has studied under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and taught internationally for many years. Gen-la has earned great admiration for his warm personality and clear, inspiring teachings and he has helped people to connect with Kadam Dharma with his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness.

Gen-la Jampa served as the National Spiritual Director for the United States, during which time he helped promote the development of many Centers throughout the country. His faith and
vision for the development of this Tradition have been a source of inspiration for practitioners throughout this country and has led to much growth in our community.

Gen-la Jampa teaches at International and National Kadampa Buddhist Festivals around the world.

Midwestern US National Spiritual Director

Gen Kelsang Demo is the Midwestern US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington, D.C.. She has been a student and disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 20 years and has been teaching for 18 years.

Gen Demo is deeply respected as a teacher and practitioner. She demonstrates a wealth of practical knowledge and provides clear and inspiring teachings for people of all levels of interest. She was requested to come to the Midwest because of her warmth and clear presentation of Buddha’s teachings.

As a National Spiritual Director Gen Demo teaches at Centers across the region and the country, as well as at the National Kadampa Festival at our Temple in New York.

Resident Teacher, Kelsang Namdrol

Kelsang Namdrol is a Modern Buddhist nun and has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for many years. She previously taught in Wichita, KS as well as in the Kansas City metro area.  She brings a warm heart and a joyful attitude to sharing Buddha’s teachings and the practice of meditation.