Kelsang Chokyi, Resident Teacher
Kelsang Chokyi has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for 12 years and is a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Having served as Resident Teacher for Serlingpa Meditation Center in New Bedford, MA, and Kadampa Meditation Center San Diego, she brings a wealth of joy, wisdom, and practical experience to showing how everyone can practically and easily integrate Buddha’s teachings in daily life.
She teaches the Foundation Program, General Program classes, and workshops, in addition to guiding various retreats throughout the year.
Angela Stewart – Sunday | Meditation for Kids and Families
Angela teaches the Meditation for Kids and Families class at AKBC. She has been studying Buddhism and practicing meditation for over eight years, learning from Kadampa teachers in Seattle, Philadelphia, and Providence.
Angela’s professional background is in elementary education and psychology; she has over 20 years of experience developing theatre, outdoor, educational, and therapeutic programs for children. Angela is warm, friendly, and engaging with children and adults alike; her classes are known for being interactive, meaningful, and lots of fun!
Jason Valcourt – Tuesday | Medicine for the Mind
Jason has always been an avid seeker of spiritual growth and has been studying Kadampa Buddhism and meditation for over ten years. He is a singer-songwriter and organic vegetable farmer. He draws on a broad spectrum of personal and professional experiences to enhance his teachings.
Jason is down to earth and approachable and his classes focus on practical methods to apply Buddhist instructions to improve the quality of our daily lives. He also does community outreach meditation classes.
Laura McPeake – Thursday | 30-minute Meditation
Laura McPeake has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism with many teachers, both locally and internationally, for over 20 years. Professionally her work in the emergency department informs her teachings, giving her practical examples of the importance of being kind and present in the moment.
Her interactive teachings help people explore Buddhist concepts both in meditations as well as in work and relationships. She is known for her integrative teachings.
Susan Dearing | Community Outreach
Susan is a long time practitioner of Buddhism and presents teachings with concise and immediately relevant practicality.