Mahakaruna Teachers

Kelsang Chogyop – resident teacher

Kelsang Chogyop is the main teacher at Mahakaruna Center.  She is a modern Kadampa nun, who has studied extensively and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for over twelve years under the guidance of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.  Chogyop has taught meditation classes across the country.  She is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of the Dharma.

Chogyop teaches Wednesday night general classes, the in-depth study programs and various day courses, retreats and special events at the Center.


Kelsang Gamo

Mahakaruna KBC is pleased to welcome Kelsang Gamo. She relocated to Sonoma County from Seattle recently.  Gamo has been a student of Kadampa Buddhism for many years, has been a teacher and administrator, and is dedicated to helping people improve their lives through meditation and Dharma teachings.

Chris Taylor

Chris has been practicing meditation for many years.  With his warm and down to earth style, he delights in bringing Buddha’s teachings to the area.  Chris teaches Sunday morning Meditations for World Peace.

Scott Hemmingsen

Scott Hemmingsen has studied and practiced Buddhism for over ten years and is a long-time practitioner within the Kadampa tradition. Scott has a solid understanding of Buddhist wisdom and is a wonderful example of how to apply Dharma teachings as practical advice in daily life. Married for 34 years, Scott is a loving husband and father of three. He is known for his kind and sincere manner.

Davida Elsbree

Davida Elsbree has been a practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism for many years. She is a dedicated student of Geshe Kelsang and is passionate about sharing her love of Buddhist wisdom with others. In addition to her time spent teaching, Davida volunteers at Mahakaruna Kadampa Buddhist Center in many ways, helping the center to flourish. Davida is a loving mother of two daughters. She is appreciated for her kindness, warmth, and love of Buddhist teachings.