An inspiring Buddhist temple and residence in a beautiful neighborhood

Kadampa Meditation Center Washington is located in the waterfront neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle, Washington.

The center offers hundreds or classes, chanted meditations or Puja’s, and workshops and retreats each year. With its beautiful meditation room or Gompa and reception area, the center includes two residential houses that are home to 12 residents some of which are non-human furry and feathered family. KMCWA is powered by kindness, with volunteers supporting all the centers activities. Accommodation is offered for those visiting from out of town.

Meet the teachers of KMCWA

Gen Kelsang Rinzin

was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 2004 and taught at Heruka Buddhist Center in Fort Collins, Colorado for 15 years. He was appointed to the Resident Teacher position at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington and began teaching here in October 2020. Gen Rinzin communicates his love of Dharma with a down-to-earth approach and humor that helps the listener appreciate and understand the teachings and put them into practice. His teachings are clear and practical, making them easy to apply to modern life.

In addition to leading workshops, special events, and retreats at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington, Gen Rinzin teaches on Monday evenings and Sunday morning. He also leads the Teacher Training Program a program of study for senior students.

Rob Lutz

is widely admired for his love of sharing Buddha’s wisdom with people of all ages. He is a longtime Buddhist practitioner, a senior student in the Teacher Training Program at KMCWA and teaches the Foundation Program. He is known for his engaging, friendly teaching style. Rob substitutes for Monday Evening class when Gen Rinzin is unavailable and also guides many of the Saturday workshops at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington.

Kath Syverson

has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 20 years and is a senior student in the Teacher Training Program at KMCWA. She teaches from her own life experience and engages students in a way that encourages them to integrate Dharma teachings into their own lives. She teaches the Sunday Prayers for World Peace when Gen Rinzin is unavailable.

Cecilia Watson

has been studying Buddhism for more than 15 years and is a senior student in the Teacher Training Program at KMCWA. Her study of Kadam Dharma and meditation practice have completely transformed her life for the better. Cecilia has taught Dharma on the Eastside for many years, and is currently teaching a quarterly TELOS class at Bellevue College. At the root of Cecilia’s heartfelt teachings is the compassionate wish for others to enjoy the same benefits that she has enjoyed as a sincere Buddhist practitioner.

Richard Critchlow

is a long time practitioner of Kadam Dharma, has been studying and practicing at KMCWA for over 20 years, and is a senior student of the Foundation Program at KMCWA. His teachings are brimming with clarity, insight and ease as he helps students connect to the deeper meaning and practical applications of Kadam Dharma. Richard teaches on Thursday evenings with Sam Forbes and John Irick.

Sam Forbes

has been practicing and studying Kadam Dharma for many years and is a student of the Teacher Training Program at KMCWA. His teachings are accessible, insightful and gentle as he leads his students to deeper understandings and experiences of profound dharma. Sam teaches on Thursday evenings with John Irick and Richard Critchlow.

John Irick

a long time practitioner of Kadam Dharma and is a student in the Teacher Training Program at KMCWA. John teaches on Thursday evenings with Richard Critchlow and Sam Forbes.

Kelsang Donsang

is an ordained Buddhist monk and is a long time practitioner and student of the Teacher Training Program at KMCWA. He teaches the Sunday Spanish Meditation Class and shows the example of a kind, loving and wise practitioner who is dedicated to practicing purely and sharing Kadam Dharma.

Rick Zelinsky

is a longtime meditator and student in the Teacher Training Program at KMCWA. Rick is admired for his clear and practical teaching style. He leads a Sunday morning meditation class in Anchorage, Alaska.

Mel Watson

is a longtime Buddhist practitioner and is a student in the Teacher Training Program at KMCWA. They teach in a clear, heartfelt, and accessible teaching style with a sincere approach as a modern, Kadampa teacher, presenting ancient Buddhist wisdom in a way that can be easily applied in our daily lives. Mel teaches the weekly class on Whidbey Island, and some general classes at the temple.

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