Teachers - Kadampa Meditation Center

Kadampa Meditation Center Teachers

An Internationally Renowned Resident Teacher

Kadam Lucy James

Our main teacher at KMC Colorado is Kadam Lucy James. 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 meditation centers in the past 37 years. She is regularly invited to teach courses around the United States and Europe due to her ability in presenting both simple and profound subjects with great clarity.

For many years, her main job was to help with the editing and production of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s books; and she has also engaged in several years of meditation retreat.

Kadam Lucy is appreciated for her deep wisdom, clear mind, and inspiring yet practical presentation of Buddha’s teachings and meditations. She is very skilled at explaining how to make these teachings immediately effective in our busy modern lives, to help both ourselves and everyone around us.

Our partners, the Denver Art Museum, published a Q&A with Kadam Lucy, if you would like to know more about her and about the relevance of meditation.

Senior Teachers

Ljubica Aaen (Lj)

LJ has been teaching meditation for many years, having started in Phoenix, then London, and now Denver. As a mother and working professional, LJ teaches from a wealth of understanding and experience from applying Buddha's teachings to modern busy life. Classes with LJ are sure to leave you with something to ponder, practice and be happy about.

Dylan Jordan

Dylan has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for many years. He is appreciated for his incredible kind-heartedness; and his light and practical style brings Buddha’s teachings to life in an easily accessible way. Through his example, Dylan demonstrates how every moment of our life can be meaningful.

Alexandra Bonano

Alexandra is an inspiring teacher of Kadampa Buddhism, having studied and practiced for many years in the center in NYC. Alex has previously been the Administrative Director at KMC CO. She brings to her teachings a wealth of both understanding and practical application of Buddhist practices.

Kelsang Labsum

Kelsang Labsum is a Western Buddhist monk, originally from Germany, who is a well loved member of our Sangha. He has a wealth of Dharma experience and a very kind heart, and he helps out extensively at the Center.

Doug Yarn

Doug has been practicing Buddhism for many years and brings a peaceful example and gentle demeanor to his guided meditations and teachings. Doug is also the KMC CO Building Manager and helps in numerous other ways as a volunteer.

Hugo Rojas

Hugo es de Colombia y español es su lengua materna. Cómo esposo, padre y profesional, Hugo entiende cómo aplicar la meditación en la vida diaria para experimentar paz y felicidad. Ha sido miembro de KMC CO desde 2015 y actualmente es estudiante del Programa de Formación Docente.

Jamie Holland

Jamie has been practicing Kadampa Buddhist meditation since 2004 and helps out at KMC Colorado in numerous ways. His 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.

Brian Matthews

Brian is currently a student in the Teacher Training Program. He is a good example of inner peace in action and volunteers regularly at KMC CO. For Brian, meditation comes naturally and he enjoys giving others the opportunity to discover this valuable skill.

Maria Consol

Maria has been a student of Venerable Geshe-la since 2012 at KMC New York and KMC Colorado. Coming from Latin America, her practice is completely grounded in her unmoving faith for Venerable Geshe-la and rejoice in our Sangha. Her teachings radiate her simplicity, loving spirit, and the incredible enjoyment Dharma is, in her own life.

Kate Franklin

Kate has been studying Kadampa Buddhist meditation since 2003 and has been Admin Director and Education Program Coordinator for multiple Kadampa centers around the US, and is currently Admin Director of KMC CO. 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.

Billy Lee Elrick

Billy Lee found Kadampa meditation here in Denver in 2000 and has devoted herself to the practice, as well as participating in countless volunteer activities at the Center. A life-long educator with a very big heart.

Steven Rachal

Steven is on the Teacher Training Program at KMC Colorado and has been studying for many years in Colorado Springs, where we have a branch. He brings a light-hearted and friendly yet sincere approach to teaching, making meditation and Buddhism accessible for everyone.

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