Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU), 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 Jampa is an internationally renowned Buddhist monk and the Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition.

As a senior teacher of the NKT, Gen-la Jampa has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years and has taught at many centers and events internationally. Gen-la is the Resident Teacher of the International Kadampa Retreat Centre Grand Canyon and is well-loved for his clear, inspiring teachings and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness.

Gen Kelsang Sanden is a Canadian Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver.  He has considerable experience practicing and teaching others meditation and is well loved for his compassion, sense of humour and the clarity of his teachings. Sanden will be teaching the Introduction at the Festival.

Gen Kelsang Delek is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Fraser Valley. She has been practicing and teaching meditation under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 30 years and is well-loved for her sincere example and the clarity of her teachings. Gen Delek will guide the retreat at the Festival.

Kelsang Kunden is a Canadian Buddhist nun and the Resident Teacher of Avalokiteshvara Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Guelph. Kunden has been practising Kadampa Buddhism for almost 20 years and emphasizes the application of the teachings in a clear and humorous manner. Kunden will guide the meditations at the Festival.