All About Us

Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center (MKBC), a member of the New Kadampa Tradition, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer-run meditation center, founded by meditation master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. The Center is dedicated to the happiness and freedom from suffering of every living being. We’ve been in Portland since 1997.

Anyone can uncover their potential for happiness and freedom from suffering in Modern Buddhism classes, a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings suited to modern day. You don’t need to be a Buddhist to attend classes; everyone is welcome! In addition to our General Program classes (Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays), we also offer day courses, retreats, and chanted prayers, as well as in-depth study programs for those wishing to delve more deeply into Buddha’s teachings.

You can learn more about Modern Kadampa Buddhism here.

Our qualified teachers

Our Resident Teacher, Kadam Heather Rocklin

Kadam Heather Rocklin has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso since March 1998. A working mother of a 10-year-old, Kadam Heather shares Buddha’s teachings with great warmth and kindness, showing how Buddha’s teachings are practical in everyday life and beneficial for everyone! Kadam Heather has been the Resident Teacher of Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center in Portland since 2006.

Our Teachers

Kelsang
Milob

Kelsang Milob has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2002 and was ordained in 2014.  Her heartfelt teachings reflect her sincere faith in Buddha’s teachings on compassion and wisdom. Milob is on the Special Teacher Training Program with Manjushri Center.

Milob Teaches in Eugene on Tuesday at 6:15pm.

James
Jacoby

James Jacoby discovered Kadampa Buddhism in 2016. He is constantly inspired by the sincerity and simplicity of Buddha’s teachings. Currently he is on the Teacher Training Program. James brings humor and clarity to his heartfelt teachings.

James teaches in Portland on Mondays at 10:30am and as a substitute teacher.

Susan
de la Vergne

Susan has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2011 and began teaching in 2015. A student in our Teacher Training Program, Susan is appreciated for her stories, humor, and practical advice, helping students put Dharma teachings into practice in their daily lives.

Susan teaches in Portland for our Foundation Program on Thursdays at 9:30am and as a substitute teacher.

Ingrid
Padgalskas

Ingrid met the Dharma in 2010. Curious in general about Buddhism back then, she’d searched Google for Buddhist centers in the Portland area, found the Mahasiddha Center, and came to a Sunday class. “This is home,” was how she said she felt that morning. She’s been coming ever since. 

Ingrid is our Education Program Coordinator (EPC) and teaches our Kids Class and is a substitute teacher in Portland.

Checkout what's Coming Up

July 2024
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Portland | Four Noble Truths

Four Noble Truths Wednesday Night Meditation Series Buddhism provides answers to questions and solutions to problems that cannot be found elsewhere. Although it is an ancient spiritual path, what Buddha taught is timeless and universally applicable, especially during these complex and challenging times. In his fundamental teaching, The Four Noble Truths, Buddha explains the spiritual […]
Wed Jul 17
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219
Salem | Forgiveness

Salem | Forgiving Ourselves and Others

Forgiving Ourselves and Others Blaming ourselves or others is a only serves to erode our self-confidence and breed animosity towards those around us. Rather than fixating on our imperfections we recognize that imperfections do not define us and are not inherently part of us. We can cultivate a more realistic, and positive mindset by shifting […]
Fri Jul 19
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Woodland Chapel
582 High Street SE, Salem OR 97301
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Portland | The Magical Practice of Taking & Giving

The Magical Practice of Taking & Giving THE HEALING MEDITATION Our mind is our greatest healer. Discover how to actualize your potential to overcome all mental pain, sorrow, loss, physical suffering, illness, and disease through one of the most renowned ancient meditations taught by Buddha, known as “taking and giving.” Each class included two guided meditations […]
Sun Jul 21
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219
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Portland | Love without Pain

Love without Pain In ordinary life, we often confuse love with desirous attachment, and as a result we often experience pain and disappointment within our so-called ‘loving’ relationships. But authentic love can never cause pain. It only ever produces happiness. With Buddhist Teacher James Jacoby James Jacoby discovered Kadampa Buddhism in 2016 and is a […]
Mon Jul 22
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Portland | Mahasiddha Kadampa Buddhist Center
9498 SW Barbur Blvd #101, Portland, OR 97219
Inspiration & Meditation

SE Portland | Inspiration & Meditation

Inspiration & Meditation Looking for happiness within? Each week we will explore some aspect of Buddhist Psychology to help us cultivate a positive attitude and a spiritual perspective that we can then conjoin with our daily activities to experience more peace, more joy and more contentment. Everyone Welcome. Includes guided meditation. Drop into any class. […]
Mon Jul 22
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Yoga Refuge
7831 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215
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Beaverton | Happiness: The Eight-Step Program

No one wants to be unhappy. On the contrary! We want to be happy morning, noon, and night. But it’s so hard to find real happiness … or so we think. Buddha says otherwise! In this course, we’ll be learning to train our mind in ways of thinking that lead to inner peace, the only source […]
Tue Jul 23
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sage Center - Beaverton
10700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Building 3, Suite 555, Beaverton OR, 97005
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SE Portland Branch

@ Yoga Refuge

July 2024
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Inspiration & Meditation Looking for happiness within? Each week we will explore some aspect of Buddhist Psychology to help us cultivate a positive attitude and a spiritual perspective that we can then conjoin with our daily activities to experience more peace, more joy and more contentment. Everyone Welcome. Includes guided meditation. Drop into any class. […]
Mon Jul 22
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Yoga Refuge
7831 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97215
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Beaverton Branch

@ Sage Center for Wholeness and Health
Room 555

July 2024
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Beaverton | Happiness: The Eight-Step ProgramRepeating EventBeginner

No one wants to be unhappy. On the contrary! We want to be happy morning, noon, and night. But it’s so hard to find real happiness … or so we think. Buddha says otherwise! In this course, we’ll be learning to train our mind in ways of thinking that lead to inner peace, the only source […]
Tue Jul 23
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sage Center - Beaverton
10700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Building 3, Suite 555, Beaverton OR, 97005
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Inclement Weather

OUR PUBLIC TALK IS RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY JAN 21ST @ 10:30AM​

Due to the snow storm, all of our classes & events will be cancelled.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.