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meet our resident teacher

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Gen Kelsang Tabkay

Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Tabkay is a Kadampa Buddhist monk and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix. He has been a student of  Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for many years. Gen Tabkay presents Buddhism and meditation in an accessible and clear way, dedicating himself to bringing peace into the hearts of others. He was previously the Education Program Coordinator and Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center South Carolina.

 Teachers at KMC Phoenix and our branch classes

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Geronimo Esparza has been studying and practicing at KMC Phoenix since 2009 and is currently studying on the Teacher Training Program. He is known for his love of Dharma, his lighthearted approach, and deep understanding of how help practitioners incorporate meditation into their daily life.


Phyllis Fargotstein has been a practitioner of KMC Phoenix for more than a decade and is currently a student on the Teacher Training Program. Phyllis is known for her loving heart, humor, and ability in connecting with Buddha's teachings.

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Patti Blanco has been a student of Kadampa Buddhism, and a member of Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, for almost 20 years. She is delighted to share her understanding, experience, and love of Dharma with others.

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Kelsang Tharden is a Kadampa Buddhist monk with over eight years of study and practice. Kelsang Tharden's understanding of Dharma and his practical approach make him a good teacher and role model for those seeking to integrate Buddhism into their daily lives. He is known for his calm and compassionate demeanor, and his ability to guide students with patience and wisdom.


Rob Anderson has been a student of Kadampa Buddhism since 2002, and is currently in the Teacher Training Program. Over the years, Rob has enjoyed learning and teaching how to integrate these teachings into our busy lives.

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Mark Thush is a compassionate teacher of Kadampa Buddhism, known for his practical approach and unwavering support. With his clear guidance and embodiment of the teachings, he empowers individuals to find inner peace and genuine happiness.

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