Our Branch Teachers

Bonnie Schlag

Bonnie Schlag

Bonnie has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2009 and is the Administrative Director for Kadampa Meditation Center Tampa Bay. She has received teachings and empowerments directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Known for her wisdom and grace, Bonnie is a dedicated and inspiring example of how to be a sincere practitioner of Modern Buddhism.

Danilo Conner

Danilo Conner

Danilo has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2012, joined the Foundation Program in 2013, and is currently studying on the Teacher Training Program at KMC Tampa Bay. He lived at the Safety Harbor center for 2 years to coordinate the education program, has received empowerments & teachings from senior teachers in the NKT, and teaches meditation classes at the Tampa center. Danilo has been one of the main volunteers in the community for many years now and is known for his compassion, humor and light, positive attitude.

Greg Goodman

Greg Goodman

Greg has been a sincere practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2001. He has received empowerments and teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as well as from many other senior teachers of the NKT. He has studied on the Teacher Training Program since 2003. Greg has many years of experience teaching Kadampa Buddhism in the Tampa Bay area. He is well known for the clarity of his presentation as well as his extensively knowledge of Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings.

Judithe Richards

Judithe Richards

Judithe has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2012 when she began studying on the Foundation Program at KMC Tampa Bay. She has received empowerments and teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as well as other senior teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition. She is currently studying on the Teacher Training Program and teaches weekly meditation classes in Tampa.

Kelsang Kalden

Kelsang Kalden

Kelsang Kalden is an American Buddhist nun. She has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism under the guidance and direction of renowned teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, for many years. She is known for her loving kindness, sincere dedication to serving others, and her boundless energy and good humor.

Maria Erickson

Maria Erickson

Maria has been studying and practicing meditation since 2001 and has received many teachings and empowerments from senior teachers of the NKT. She has studied formally on the Foundation and Teacher Training Programs at KMC Tampa Bay since 2014. Having originally started her practice to learn to cope with work stress, Maria especially has great skill in explaining how to practice keeping a calm and happy mind in the workplace! She has been teaching classes in Largo and St. Pete for many years now.

Ray Vogel

Ray Vogel

Ray has been a sincere student and practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2011 when he studied on the Foundation and Teacher Training Programs at Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island. He has received empowerments and teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the New Kadampa Tradition. Ray has taught meditation classes in Long Island for many years and now teaches regular weekly classes at our Safety Harbor Center. With a very warm and humble presentation, Ray is known for his good heart and positive attitude.

Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Rick has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2012 when he began studying on the Foundation Program at KMC Tampa Bay. In 2015 he joined the Teacher Training Program and has received empowerments and teachings from many senior teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition. Rick has been teaching meditation classes for many years now at our branch in Port Richey.

Ron Caldwell

Ron Caldwell

Ron has been a sincere practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2010 when he first began studying in Queens. In 2012 he moved to the Tampa Bay area and continued his study practice on the Teacher Training Program at KMC Tampa Bay. He has received many empowerments and teachings from many senior teachers in the NKT. Ron has been teaching regular weekly classes and day courses at KMC Tampa Bay for many years now. He is known for his calm and down-to-earth demeanor and is a great example of how to practically apply the teachings to daily life.

Skye Rodgers

Skye Rodgers

Skye has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2012 where she began studying on the Foundation Program at KMC Tampa Bay. She has received empowerments and teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as well as other senior teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition. Skye has been a committed volunteer in the community for many years now and is currently studying on the Teacher Training Program.