Kosala Buddhist Center

Meditation In Chapel Hill

Our Teachers


In order from Left to Right: Gen Kelsang Tilopa, David Rademacher, Ethan Lechner

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.

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.

Ethan Lechner has been practicing Buddhism for eight years. In 2009 and 2010, he received teachings directly from internationally renowned Buddhist meditation master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Ethan loves listening to Dharma lessons 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.

Ann Gerhardt has been practicing Buddhist teachings for 20 years.   She is a vital part of our advanced training Foundation Program classes.   Ann has a deep wish to help people find happiness in daily life through the Buddhist teachings, and she brings this compassionate energy to her classes.

Jack Schneider comes to us from the Teacher Training Program at KMC Fort Lauderdale.   He is currently teaching our Meditation 101 classes.   Jack’s clear understanding and love of the Buddhist teachings shine through in his classes. 


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