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 Dekyong is a highly experienced Buddhist Teacher who has dedicated her life to helping spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by developing meditation centres and providing constant support to the spiritual community. She teaches international events and is well-loved by thousands of students. Gen-la is the Resident Teacher of the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre 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 Delek will be giving the introductory teaching on Friday night. She is the Resident Teacher of KMC Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Her extensive experience and excellent example are well appreciated by her students. With her practical approach and clear explanations of even the most profound of Buddha’s teachings, Gen Delek inspires us to put Dharma into practice in our daily lives.
Gen Kelsang Chögyan will be guiding the retreat during Festival. She is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Montreal. She has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for over 20 years. She is constantly encouraging us through her sincere example, her deep faith and her great ability to transform all situations in an occasion to progress on the path. Her joy, energy and enthusiasm inspire us to put Buddha’s teachings into practice and to experience their many benefits in our daily life.
Kelsang Chöyang will guide the morning meditations on Saturday and Sunday. She is the Resident Teacher at Joyful Land Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. She has studied under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over twenty years, and taught in British Columbia and California before coming to Ottawa. Kelsang Chöyang is known for her sincere & practical approach to integrating Buddhism into daily life. Her teachings are powerful and inspiring.
Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada
631 Crawford Street