Gen Kelsang Rabten

The empowerment and teachings at the NZ Festival will be given by Gen Kelsang Rabten. He will also start our Festival on Friday evening with the introduction.

Gen Kelsang Rabten is 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

Our morning meditations will be guided by Birgit Saunders.

Birgit is the Resident Teacher of Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Palmerston North. She brings sincerity, bubbly enthusiasm and kindness to her teaching. She 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.

Kelsang Luma

Kelsang Luma will guide our Festival retreat.

Kelsang Luma is a Buddhist nun and 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. Luma is also Geshe-la’s representative in the South Island.