Gen Kelsang Rabten

Gen Kelsang Rabten is the the New Kadampa Tradition National Spiritual Director for Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, and has trained under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 27 years. Gen Rabten exemplifies the essence of the modern Kadampa’s way of life and brings a warm heart and joyful attitude to sharing Buddha’s teachings.





Birgit Saunders is the Resident Teacher at Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Palmerston North. She has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism for over 10 years. Birgit is always looking for ways to make Dharma practical, relevant and meaningful so that students are able to see how to use Dharma and meditation to make a positive changes in their lives. She will guide the meditations during the New Zealand Dharma Celebration.

Kelsang Luma is the Resident Teacher of Kalpa Bhadra Buddhist Centre in Christchurch. She has been ordained under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 16 years and has dedicated her life to studying and practicing his instructions and helping people solve their problems through Buddha’s timeless instructions. Kelsang Luma will guide the retreat following the New Zealand Dharma Celebration.