Qualified Teachers for Today’s Modern World:
Teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition & Ganden Center
Our Founder: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Our founder is the internationally-known meditation master, Buddhist author, and monk, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (b. 1931). Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ordained as a Buddhist monk in his native Tibet at the age of 8 and has been sincerely studying, practicing, and meditating on Buddha’s teachings ever since. When Geshe Kelsang came to the west in 1977, he determined to present Buddha’s teachings in such a way that they would be universally acceptable to modern people with busy lives. The results of his efforts include 21 masterful books on Buddhism, all written in English, along with 1,100 Buddhist centers and branches of centers in 39 nations around the world. To read more about Ven. Geshe-la, click here.
Directors of the New Kadampa Tradition
General Spiritual Director: Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humour and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. She is a perfect example of a Kadampa Teacher.
Deputy Spiritual Director: Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang
Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang is the Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT.
A long-time student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Gen-la Kunsang teaches at National and International Festivals. She is a loving presence whose teachings are powerful and clear.
U.S. National Spiritual Director: Gen Kelsang Jampa
Gen Kelsang Jampa is an American Buddhist monk and the US National Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa Tradition. He is also the Resident Teacher of the Kadampa Meditation Center Texas.
Gen Jampa is well-loved for his warmth and kindness and is known for inspiring and clear teachings. By his example, he shows us how to practically and joyfully integrate Buddha’s teachings into our daily lives.
Our Resident Teacher: Gen Kelsang Nyema
Gen Kelsang Nyema is an American Buddhist nun who was ordained by Geshe Kelsang in 2004. “Gen” means “teacher,” “Kelsang” means “fortunate,” and “Nyema” means “peaceful one.” Prior to teaching at Ganden Center, Gen Nyema was the Education Program Coordinator at Rameshori Buddhist Center in Atlanta, GA (now Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia). In 2008, she was requested to become the Resident Teacher at Ganden Center.
Since that time, Gen Nyema has taught all around South Carolina and beyond, introducing hundreds of students to Kadampa Buddhism and meditation. She has become appreciated at Ganden Center for her warmth and her sense of humor.
All our other teachers study directly with Gen Nyema and are members of our Foundation Program or our Teacher Training Program study classes.
Other Ganden Center Teachers (Listed Alphabetically by Last Name)
Mark Gould teaches branch classes across South Carolina. He is a member of Ganden’s Foundation Program and has been practicing since 2002.