Our Teachers


In order from Left to Right:  Ethan Lechner, David Rademacher, Jack Schneider

Ethan Lechner became Kosala Center’s Resident Teacher in 2019. He got his start as a student at Kosala Center in 2008, and since then has traveled extensively throughout the world to receive teachings from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and his closest disciples.  Ethan is a native of Alabama and originally came to this area to get his PhD in ethnomusicology at UNC.  He is also a social worker who has worked primarily with the elderly and he teaches piano lessons.  Ethan is appreciated for his warm, humorous, and relatable style of teaching Dharma.

David Rademacher has been studying at Kosala Center since 2006 and is a long time practitioner of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s teachings on Kadampa Buddhism.  He regularly teaches meditation classes in Carrboro.  He has been practicing 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.

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

Ann Gerhardt has been practicing Buddhist teachings for 20 years.   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.