Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang

Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang is highly experienced, well-respected and has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for almost 30 years. She is also the National Spiritual Director of Austria, Switzerland, Italy and South Africa and teaches at National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations.

She has won the admiration and affection of many students throughout the world through her pure example and loving-kindness. Her teachings are powerful and clear.

Gen-la Kunsang will grant the empowerment and give the principal teachings at the NZ Festival.

Kelsang Lachpa

Kelsang Lachpa is a Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Wellington. He has been ordained for over twelve years.

Lachpa is an experienced and warm-hearted teacher, inspiring others to find lasting peace and happiness through the practice of meditation and Buddhism. Lachpa is known for his thoughtful insights into Buddha’s teachings and his joyful practical approach to teaching.

Lachpa will guide the morning meditations during the NZ Festival.





Birgit Saunders

Birgit Saunders is the Resident Teacher of Amitabha Kadampa Buddhist Centre and has been a student of Kadampa Buddhism for over twelve years ago.

Birgit 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 positive changes in their lives.

Birgit will guide our retreat at the NZ Festival.