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Meditation 101

André Smith

André became a member of the Kadampa Center in 2006. The very first day, after listening to Geshe-la’s teachings, he knew that he had found his home. He decided to take the two-year Discovering Buddhism course, thinking that he gave Jesus 25 years of his life, he could, at least, give the Buddha two years. He took refuge in 2007, and the two years now number over a dozen. He has been teaching Buddhist Meditation and Thought in the prisons, primarily at Nash Correctional, for 12 years. Teaching Buddha’s wisdoms has taught him that these far-reaching ideals must be studied, meditated on and practiced. In this way we come to know their validity. He believes, as His Holiness teaches, we all possess the same potential (Buddha Nature). Our life’s job is to realize it. As he strives for enlightenment, his sole purpose for existence is to help others attain it as well.
 
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Meditation 101

Linda Saah

Linda Saah found Buddhism and the Kadampa Center around the turn of the century and became an avid student in 2006 when she embarked on the Discovering Buddhism course offered at the center.  Linda is ever grateful to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Kadampa Center, its Sangha members and to all of the many teachers who continue to enable her spiritual growth and development.  In addition to leading Meditation 101 classes, Linda assists when visiting teachers come to Kadampa Center and has also been involved in the Family Program.
 
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Meditation 101

Venerable Ngawang Khando

I began coming to teachings and took refuge in 2001. Under the kind and wise guidance of Geshe Gelek I was able to ordain in 2013. I study and practice the dharma as best I can. 

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Sangha
Meditation 101
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Venerable

David Machles

David Machles has been practicing meditation for several decades and has been teaching meditation for over 15 years in corporations, prisons, and public venues.  He began coming to the Kadampa Center in 2004 and has served in a number of roles including Kadampa Center Board President. David and his wife co-found a business in 1993 helping organizations in safety, wellness, and leadership development. He has two children and three grandchildren.

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Prison Project
Teaching Role(s): 
Meditation 101
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Workshop Leader, TAN Volunteer

Venerable Ngawang Lhamo

Venerable Ngawang Lhamo became a member of the Kadampa Center in October 2004.  Gyurme Khensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Delek presided over Kadampa Center’s first ordination ceremony on Saka Dawa 2009, at which time Ven. Lhamo was one of the students who took robes.  Ven. Lhamo has served in many important volunteer roles at the center, including puja coordinator, chantmaster, one of the Sunday morning meditation leaders, and occasionally teaches Meditation 101.
Teaching Role(s): 
Sangha
Meditation 101

Jill Marie

For well over 20 years, Jill has led students into meditation in her yoga classes expecting to learn to empty the mind.  After attending 6 days of teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008 she learned it wasn't so much about emptying the mind, but learning where to focus it.  Since that week nothing has been the same.  She promptly joined the Kadampa Center with her daughter Miranda, where they have forged lasting relationships and found ‘home’ at KC. She has been the Center Manager since July of 2015, leads Meditation 101 and First Saturday Meditation. She finds other small ways to volunteer when possible. Jill believes happiness begins with cherishing others, having a peaceful mind ...and a good sense of humor.

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Meditation 101
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Center Manager