Gen Kelsang Tilopa, the Resident Teacher of Kosala Buddhist Center, is a fully ordained monk and close disciple and student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Tilopa is well loved for his humorous yet clear and profound teachings and for the great care he skillfully and compassionately gives to his students. Born and educated in Scotland, Gen Tilopa brings to the teachings of pure Kadam Buddhadharma his varied life experiences to help and guide his students, and to show how pure Dharma teachings and practice can improve the quality of our daily lives at work, at home, and in our everyday relationships. Gen Tilopa teaches the General Meditation Class on Wednesdays at 7 – 8:30pm.
David Rademacher, a student of Gen Kelsang Tilopa of the Kosala Buddhist Center in Carrboro, is a long time practitioner of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s teachings on Kadampa Buddhism. He regularly teaches meditation classes in Carrboro. He has been a fan of Buddhist teachings for over thirty years. David lives in Chapel Hill, and works in Pittsboro and Chapel Hill as a psychotherapist. He is married and has two children and two cats. David Rademacher teaches the Pittsboro Meditation Class on Tuesdays at 6:30p – 7:45p
Ethan Lechner has been practicing Buddhism for five years. In 2009 and 2010, he received teachings directly from internationally renowned Buddhist meditation master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Ethan loves listening to Dharma and applying them in his daily life. He is also a musician and is training as a clinical social worker, with the intention of working in bereavement counseling.
Monica Heiser discovered the joy of Buddhism and meditation 4.5 years ago and began meditating once a week at the Kosala Center. Since then, she has continued to meditate as a student of Gen Kelsang Tilopa and apply Geshe Kelsang´s teachings to daily life. Born and raised a tarheel, she just graduated from UNC-CH in May 2013 with Spanish and Art degrees. She is a swim team coach at the community pool and loves being active via running, yoga, hiking, etc.