Gen Kelsang Thekchen is a Canadian Buddhist monk, and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver. He has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, and has been ordained for 18 years. He is well known for his ability to present Buddha’s teachings in a simple, practical and often humorous way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life.
Gen Thekchen is the main teacher at KMC Vancouver, leading guided retreats, Empowerments, Weekend courses as well as many weekly classes. Gen Thekchen also teaches the Foundation study program.
KMC Vancouver is fortunate to have inspiring and experienced lay and ordained practitioners who teach drop-in meditation classes, and half day and full day courses. Our teachers engage in study and train in one of our extensive Study Programs: the Teacher Training Program or the Foundation Program.
Inkeri Meharg has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism in Vancouver for over 15 years, and as one of our most long term volunteer managers, she offers her help as the Treasurer. Inkeri teaches the kids class on Sundays, and subs in often for adult classes in Kitsilano, West Vancouver, and our main centre.
When she teaches the kids class, she draws from her own experience as a mother raising a son and daughter, and how she integrates study and meditation into her busy family life. Children love her calm and creative energy, and all her students find her teachings very sincere and easy to put into practice.
Kelsang Kyobpa is a western Buddhist Nun, and a long time Kadampa Buddhist Practitioner. Having taught for many years in New Zealand, and helped manage many Kadamapa Centres around the world such as in Melbourne and Sydney, she is a sincere example of someone wanting to benefit others through sharing Buddhas teachings and helping people learn about meditation. Kyobpa often teaches the Wednesday evening Learn to Meditate class, and often subs in for many other weekly classes, as well as teaching some day courses and retreats.
Colleen Neely is a long-time Kadampa Buddhist practitioner, who has seen first-hand the benefits of meditation for children and families. Her own daughter, now a well-adjusted teenager, attended the Kid’s Meditation classes at our centre for many years. Colleen is a co-teacher for the kids class on Sundays, and subs in often for adult classes in Tsawassen, and our main centre. Collen also often teaches the Learn to Meditate class on Wednesday evenings. Children are drawn to Colleen’s natural warmth and humour, and adults are drawn to her sincere and humble example, and her practical teachings.
Denise Fitzgerald is a long term practitioner and has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism and meditation for over 5 years. Denise is a student on the Special Teacher Training Program and shares Buddha’s teachings in a way that is applicable to everyone’s busy daily life. She is a warm-hearted and dedicated member of the spiritual community at KMC Vancouver. Denise teaches Simply Meditate on Tuesday nights, and subs in for other weekly classes from time to time.