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Menlha KMC Teachers



Gen Kelsang Chogyop

Gen Kelsang Chogyop is a Buddhist nun and a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. She is the main teacher at Menlha Kadampa Meditation Center. Gen Chogyop has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for more than 20 years, and is known for her warm heart, practical teachings and sincere practice of Dharma. She provides an inspiring example of a modern Buddhist practitioner. Through emphasizing the Bodhisattva’s way of life, she encourages all the students at the center to bring their practice of Buddha’s teachings into their daily lives, bringing joy to as many people as possible.


Diana Barbera

Diana has been on her spiritual journey for many years and found Menlha because of her deep love of Buddhism. She is a sincere practitioner with a loving heart. She leads the Wednesday lunchtime meditation class. She always makes everyone feel very welcome. 

Diane Cadman Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center

Diane Cadman

Diane Cadman has been a Kadampa Buddhist meditation practitioner for over 20 years and has studied under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. She teaches the Foundation Program on Thursdays, and twice weekly the lunchtime meditation classes. Diane teaches meditation in a friendly, practical, down to earth manner.

Robin Kelly Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center

Robin Kelly

Robin Kelly is a senior student at Menlha Center who has been studying and practicing Buddhism for many years. Rob enjoys helping students apply Buddhist methods to everyday problems, and is known for his inspiring and humorous presentation. Rob teaches our Wednesday evening class, as well as various special Saturday courses.


Patty Kowalchuk

Patty has been meditating for over 15 years and currently serves as Menlha's Education Program Coordinator (EPC). A mother of three adult children (and grandmother of two), Patty loves the youthful energy of children and delights in spending time with them. She co-leads the Meditation for Kids class.


Alexander Pachman

Alexander Pachman has been meditating for many years. He is devoted to his practice and shows an inspiring example of a modern day practitioner. He guides the weekly 'Free Friday' meditation.

Sarah Paden Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center

Sarah Paden

Sarah first encountered Kadampa Buddhism in 2003. She studies in the Teacher Training Program at Menlha Center and attends yearly retreats at KMC New York in Glen Spey, NY. Sarah teaches our Princeton, NJ branch class. As a teacher, she hopes to reach others with wisdom and compassion.

Ethel Rackin Menlha Kadampa Buddhist Center

Ethel Rackin

Ethel Rackin is a senior student at Menlha Center who has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for many years. Through her practical and warm-hearted manner, Ethel shares Buddha’s teachings in a joyful and engaging way. She is also a poet and professor of English. Ethel teaches several of our special Saturday courses.



Adrienne Chell

Adrienne Chell has a clear and practical approach to teaching Buddhist practice and meditation. She has helped to organize and manage several Buddhist communities in New Jersey, and has experience working with people from all walks of life. She transmits a depth of experience and practical wisdom to her students.


Russell Chell

Russell Chell teaches meditation in a friendly, practical down to earth manner. He has served several Buddhist communities in New Jersey and he has worked with people and students from all walks of life. With relatable, good-natured humor and uncommon wisdom, he helps students connect with both the profound and day-to-day aspects of meditation practice.



Nan Fleming

Nan has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 2004 and has been on the teaching staff of NJ Kadampa meditation centers for many years.  She has a wealth of knowledge about the practices and is skilled in presenting the Dharma in a very clear way.  Nan is known for her compassion and love for animals and nature and often works these concepts into her teachings. 

Russ & Adrienne
Nancy Fleming
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