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 COMPASSION

Our
Teachers

Resident Teacher:
Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Gen Kelsang Chogyop is a Buddhist nun and a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. She is the main teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia. Gen Chogyop has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for more than 20 years, and is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of Dharma. She provides an inspiring example of a modern Buddhist practitioner.Through emphasizing the Bodhisattva’s way of life, she encourages all the students at the center to bring their practice of Buddha’s teachings into their daily lives, bringing joy to as many people as possible.

Gen Kelsang Chogyop

“Developing compassion and wisdom, and helping those in need whenever possible, is the true meaning of life.” 


- Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Sarah is a student in the Teacher Training Program at Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia and a close disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. She has been a flight attendant for 22 years and is the Philadelphia Term Director for the Wings Foundation, a charity that provides financial assistance for flight attendants in critical need. With her warm-hearted and sincere manner, she teaches Dharma in a way that is both joyful and compassionate.

Tatiana Buonassisi

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Tatiana has been practicing Kadam Dharma since 2010. She was formerly Education Program Coordinator at Drolma Kadampa Buddhist Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and is a Teacher Training Program student and teacher at KMC Philadelphia. She is a disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.  She is very practical and thought-provoking in her teachings, and her kind and generous heart is always apparent.

Fred Graumuller

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Fred has been a steadfast practitioner of meditation, in many locations around the world, for over a decade. He is a Teacher Training Program student, a disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and teaches General Program classes. By profession a scientist in molecular biology, his optimism and daily meditation routine are what make him an enthusiastic practitioner of Kadam Dharma.

Branch Teachers

John Baker

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John is a senior KMC Philadelphia teacher and practitioner. Having been a student of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 24 years, he is well-qualified to pass along modern Buddhism. He teaches Foundation Program, General Program classes, and day courses and is a student on the Teacher Training Program. In his professional life he works as a sound engineer and webmaster.

Eve Miller

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Eve is the Education Program Coordinator at KMC PHL and is a senior teacher and practitioner. Having been a student of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 24 years, she teaches General Program classes, day courses, and workshops. She is a student on the Teacher Training Program. Eve is a professional cellist, composer and music teacher. She teaches meditation with a good heart, and a friendly, encouraging manner.

Julie Francisco

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Julie is a senior teacher and practitioner who has studied Kadampa Buddhism for over 14 years and she has engaged in extensive meditation retreat. She is a close disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and a student on the the Teacher Training Program. An executive assistant at an international consulting firm by profession, Julie shows a clear example of how to be a modern, lay Buddhist practitioner in a busy city and presents Buddha’s teachings in an eloquent and inspiring manner.

Sarah Frew

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Sarah is a senior student and teaches General Program classes. She is a disciple of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and a student on the Teacher Training Program. Through her joyful and engaging manner, she shares Buddha’s teachings in a kind-hearted and warm way. She was trained as a scientist and works as a strategy consultant.

Sarah Bly

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