Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition and the source of all the teachings given at the Canadian National Festival. A fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism, he has published a series of remarkable books on Buddhism and meditation, trained hundreds of qualified teachers, and is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, is loved and respected throughout the world for the sincerity of her practice and the power of her wisdom and compassion. She 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 Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for thirty years, during which time she has inspired thousands of people around the world through sincerely relying on her Spiritual Guide, taking his teachings to heart and putting them into practice in every aspect of her life. Gen-la Dekyong is a highly experienced Buddhist Teacher who has taught at many different centres internationally. We are very fortunate to welcome her back to Toronto this year.

Gen Kelsang Thekchen is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver. With over 20 years of experience, he is well known for his ability to present Buddha’s teachings in a simple, practical and warm-hearted way, making them easy to put into practice in everyday life. Gen Thekchen will give the introduction to the Festival.

Kelsang Lhoundroub is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Montreal. Lhoundroub has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for many years and skillfully teaches Buddha’s profound wisdom in a practical and inspirational way. He will guide the meditations during the Festival.

Gen Kelsang Suma is the Resident Teacher of Jampa Ling Buddhist Centre in Barrie. Suma is a Buddhist nun and long term practitioner and is known for the warmth and clarity of her teachings. She will guide the retreat during the Festival