Founder

Geshe-La-Spring-Festival-04-ASSETv8aqu5sji45gkq-1Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, a modern presentation of Buddhism that has an unbroken lineage all the way back to Buddha himself.

Through almost twenty years of study and practice in the great Tibetan monasteries followed by another twenty years of meditation retreat in the Himalayas, Geshe Kelsang earned a reputation as a great contemporary practitioner and Teacher of Buddhism.

General Spiritual Director

Gen-la-DekyongGen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and Principal Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, our Mother Center in the UK, is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner mental peace.

She has been a student of Geshe-la for thirty years, during which time she has inspired thousands of people around the world through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, taking his teachings to heart and putting them into practice in every aspect of her life.

Deputy Spiritual Director

canada4-e1452874237367-150x150Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Texas. He is an American Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people solve their daily problems by developing the capacity of their mind through the practice of meditation and modern Buddhism.

Gen-la Jampa has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years. Under Geshe-la’s guidance, he has taught at many centers and events internationally. 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.

Western US National Spiritual Director

gkr_200x200Gen Kelsang Rigpa, an American Buddhist monk, is the Western US National Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa Tradition and is also the Resident Teacher at KMC California and KMC Hollywood. Gen Rigpa’s heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. He is a close disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having received lineage blessings and oral transmissions directly from him.


Resident Teacher

Kadam Heather Rocklin is Geshe Kelsang’s representative in Portland and a full time teacher at Mahasiddha Center. Her teachings are heartfelt and presented with clarity and warmth that makes them accessible to everyone.

Heather teaches meditation classes for everyone in Portland and surrounding areas, as well as classes in the committed study programs Foundation Program and Teacher Training Program.

Eugene Branch: Buddhist Teacher Kelsang Milob

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Kelsang Milob has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for many years, both as a lay and ordained practitioner. Her heartfelt teachings reflect her sincere faith in Buddha’s teachings on compassion and wisdom. She is currently teaching a class that is welcome to all in Eugene.

Milob is currently studying on the correspondence Teacher Training Program with Kadampa Meditation Center Washington, where she studied for many years.

Hawaii Branch: Buddhist Teacher Patty Johnson

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Patty studies Buddhism in the Foundation Program with us here in Portland via correspondence and teaches our branch class Sunday afternoons in Hawaii.

“I stumbled about in Buddhism for many years by reading and studying and trying to understand the teachings in spiritual texts on my own, but when I found my teacher through reading the books of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, my spiritual path and realizations deepened immeasurably, and my life became meaningful.”