Teachers

At Kadampa Meditation Center WA

Gen Kelsang Rinzin

Resident Teacher

Gen 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.


Rob Lutz

has been practicing Kadam Dharma for over 20 years. He is a student of the Teacher Training program and teaches the Foudation program at KMCWA. His teachings are clear and practical and he shows his dedication through his excellent example.


Kath Syverson

has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2000 and is on the Teacher Training Program at KMC Washington.  She teaches from her own experience and enjoys sharing Dharma with students and sincerely hopes her teachings are beneficial.

Cecilia Watson

has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over twenty years.  Her love of Buddha's teachings inspires her to share these teachings with everyone.  She wishes everyone to benefit from Buddha's teachings and transform their lives into peaceful, joyful states.  She teaches meditation classes in the greater Eastside and the Bellevue College Continuing Education Program.

Sam Forbes, Meditation Teacher

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, Meditation Teacher

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.

Richard Critchlow, Meditation Teacher

Richard Critchlow

has been practicing for many years, studies on the Foundation Program, and is the Foundation Program Coordinator. He teaches on Thursday evenings with Sam Forbes and John Irick.

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 occasional classes at the temple.