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 13 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.


Anna Abeyta

Anna has been meditating for over 6 years. As a student of religious studies in college she longed to find a spiritual path that gave her life great meaning. She believes that she has found it at Mahakaruna. She serves as the Education Program Coordinator for the Center, and teaches when Kelsang Chogyop is away. She is also the Kids Club teacher, once a month on Sundays.

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 Prayers for World Peace.


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Marlin Nissen

Marlin has studied meditation for about 20 years and over the past year and a half has been absolutely taken with Kadampa Buddhist. He says that nothing is left out of these teachings and shows the example of how they solve our day-to-day problems. Marlin teaches the Prayers for World Peace class on the first Sunday of each month.



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Steve Tuscher

Steve has been studying and meditating on Kadampa Buddhism for almost 10 years. His teachings are clear and gentle and he teaches from how own experience.