Kelsang Gyaltsen has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for about 18 years and is a founding member of the Center. He has done many retreats, including two three-month silent retreats at Tharpaland International Retreat Center in Scotland. Gyaltsen is also skilled in Buddhist art, having beautified and filled many images at KMC MD and other Kadampa Centers. He is admired for his sincerity and gentle, light-hearted approach to teaching, meditation and practice in daily life.
Kelsang Chondzin has been studying Dharma for over 13 years and ordained for 11 years. She studied under Gen-la Dekyong at KMC New York and Manjushri KMC, England. Chondzin is known for her humor, kindness and practical teachings.
Rick Ratigan is a longtime member of KMC-MD and has contributed greatly to the community over the past 17 years. He is retired from the State of Maryland with a background in Social Services. He is a sincere meditator and Dharma practitioner and is liked for his compassion and good sense of humor. Rick’s classes are down-to-earth and practical. Rick leads weekly Buddhist classes at our Columbia Branch.
Shelli Snyder has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 10 years, and is also our Education Program Coordinator. She is a sincere, joyful, and warmhearted practitioner and teacher. Her teachings are heartfelt and practical, showing her deep personal experience of using Buddha’s teachings to solve the problems of daily life.
Rosemary Scavullo-Flickinger has been a Kadampa meditation practitioner since the beginning of the center here in Baltimore. She was a single parent raising her daughter until she married and formed a blended family. These experiences have given her a varied perspective on how to incorporate dharma teachings to help cope with the demands of parenting, a blended family, and modern day challenges. She is deeply inspired by nature, natural medicine, and the profound and clear teachings encompassing wisdom and compassion of Buddhism.
Mary O’Flaherty is from Baltimore. She is retired RN and former childcare worker. She has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over 10 years. She finds much satisfaction in learning and sharing Dharma, Buddha’s teachings.
Laura Charping began studying Kadampa Buddhism five years ago and has volunteered for the center in various capacities, including bookkeeping and class assistant. She has a background in human resources, communications and training, and is currently a student in our Foundation Program in Baltimore. She is excited to lead an after-work meditation class, bringing her wit and sensitivity and providing practical applications to our busy lives.
Matthew Gensler has been studying Kadampa Buddhism for over 8 years. He is a devoted disciple of Kadam Dharma and has been studying with Gen Chogden. He is also involved in statue filling for the temple. Matthew is known for his caring attitude and sincerity.
Nadia Malik is the World Peace Cafe manager at KMC Maryland, and has been practicing Kadam Dharma since 2011. The depth of her dedication to study and practice is obvious in her teaching, where she skillfully includes many practical examples of how to sincerely apply Buddha’s teachings to modern daily life.
Monica Heiser is a student and teacher at KMC Maryland who has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism for the past 8 years. While in high school, she became interested in world religions and took a comparative religion class. A senior Buddhist monk spoke to her class, and inspired by his peaceful presence, she decided to go to her local Kadampa Buddhist Center. Since that time, practicing Buddhist teachings have brought Monica incredible joy, inspiration, and meaning to her life and relationships. She is the branch class teacher in Mt. Vernon on Wednesdays as well as the Dharma for Kids Teacher at the temple on Sunday mornings.