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All Weekly Classes will be in-person only starting Sept 1st; Study Programs will continue to be in-person & online

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 40 years. She is regularly invited to teach courses around the United States and Europe due to her ability to present 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 and 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. 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.

Jamie Holland

Jamie has been practicing Kadampa Buddhist meditation since 2002 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.

Billy Lee Elrick

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

Kate Franklin

Kate has been studying Kadampa Buddhist meditation since 2003 and has been the Admin Director and Education Program Coordinator at multiple Kadampa centers around the US. She is currently the Admin Director at 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.

Hugo Rojas

Originally from Columbia, Spanish is his first language. As a husband, father and professional Hugo understands how to apply meditation to his daily life to experience peace and happiness. He has been a member of KMC Colorado since 2015 and is currently in our Teacher Training Program

Ryan Shay

Ryan is a long-time practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism and a Teacher Training student at KMC Colorado. He works at a pharmaceutical company and he is known for his joyful effort and helpful spirit.

Kristen Goldrick

Kristen has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 8 years & volunteers with our Education program. Kristen is a professional ballerina and medical copywriter. She is known for her good heart and her dedication to self improvement!

Chris Isbell

Chris is known for his generosity of spirit and enjoyment of community. He has a passion for sharing his joy of meditation to those who are new to the practice. He received his Master's degree in mental health at Naropa University in Boulder.

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.

Nirav Shah

Nirav has been a student on our Buddhism In-depth study program and regularly helps facilitate the class. He regularly teaches meditation and works in the non-profit sector.

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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