Resident Teacher Kadam Lucy James
Our main teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado is Kadam Lucy James, who is also the principal teacher of Kadampa Buddhism in Colorado. We feel very lucky to have her here as she is a close disciple of the founder of our Buddhist tradition, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having first met him in 1981 and worked closely with him.
One of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy has taught extensively in England, Florida, and San Francisco, and helped set up many thriving Buddhist meditation centers in the past 35 years. She is regularly invited to teach courses around the United States and United Kingdom due to her skill in presenting both simple and profound subjects with great clarity.
Her main job for many years was also to help edit and produce Geshe Kelsang’s books. Until quite recently, she was on a long meditation retreat.
Kadam Lucy is appreciated for her deep experience, clear mind, and inspiring yet practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings and meditations, showing how to make these immediately effective in our modern daily lives. She teaches Tuesday evening meditation classes (Cap Hill), Wednesday evening meditation classes, Thursday evening’s Course in Modern Buddhism, Sunday morning Meditations for a Happy Life, Foundation Program, Teacher Training Program, and many other retreats and courses.
Dylan has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for many years. His light and practical style bring Buddha’s teachings to life in an easily accessible way. Dylan teaches regular meditation workshops at KMC-CO, fills in for Kadam Lucy when she is away, and is the branch teacher in Colorado Springs on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Ruth is a long-time practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism in Colorado, who has taught regularly at KMC-CO for several years. Her warmth and depth of experience makes her a well-loved teacher. Ruth fills in for Kadam Lucy’s more advanced classes and sometimes teaches branches and day courses.
Jamie has been practicing Kadampa Buddhist meditation since 2004 on General, Foundation and Teacher Training Programs at Kadampa Meditation Centers throughout the country and world. Jamie’s teachings are full of humor and practical examples that illuminate the depth of Buddha’s profound teachings, making them accessible for everyone to apply to their daily lives. In January, Jamie will be teaching the branch meditation class in Evergreen.
Kate has been studying Kadampa Buddhist meditation since 2004. Being a school teacher by profession, Kate has a clear and practical way of teaching meditation that is easy to understand and apply to daily life. She is currently teaching and organizing the kids program at Kadampa Meditation Center.
Billy Lee found Kadampa meditation here in Denver in 2000 and has devoted herself to the practices. Through the years she has engaged in all three levels of Kadampa study programs and continues to enjoy participating in a variety of volunteer activities at the Center. Billy Lee teaches lunch time meditations and fills in for Kadam Lucy regularly.
Kelsang Pagma is a Buddhist nun, and the Education Program Coordinator for Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado. She teaches the Free Happiness Hour Meditation on Fridays at KMC Downtown as well as Lunchtime meditations and hosts school visits.
Steve was introduced to Buddhism as a young boy when he heard his grandmother and great aunt discussing “The Buddha” and enlightenment. Their conversations about the insubstantial nature of life and the unimportance of material things were concepts foreign to most people in Atlanta in the early 50s. This budding attraction blossomed into full fascination when Steve moved to Denver in 2010 and found the Kadampa Meditation Center. Steve currently guides Lunchtime Meditations on Mondays and teaches the free class in Aurora on Tuesdays.
Steven Rachal teaches on Thursday nights in Colorado Springs. Steven is on the Foundation Program at Kadampa Meditaiton Center Colorado and has been studying for may years. He brings a light-hearted yet sincere approach to teaching so that meditation and Buddhism is accessible for everyone.
Penny Tuck teaches on Thursday nights in Colorado Springs. Penny has been studying on the Foundation Program at KMC Colorado for many years. She brings a warm heart and joyful attitude to sharing Buddha’s teachings and the practice of meditation.