Our Teachers

Resident Teacher Kadam Carol Lutker

Resident Teacher Kadam Carol Lutker

Kadam Carol is a longtime student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism in Long Island NY and Florida since 2001. She serves as an example of how to practice Dharma within the context of family and community,  is married and has three grown children. As a teacher, Carol is especially appreciated for her warm, clear and practical instruction.

John Jones

John Jones

John has been interested in meditation for the past several years.  He has briefly explored other traditions but was delighted to find the Kadampa Center so close to his home.  John has been married for 36 years and has one daughter.

Joanna Ching

Joanna Ching

Thanks to Joanna’s grandma taking her to the Buddha’s Birthday and Avalokiteshvara’s Summer Camps when she was a kid – the seed was definitely planted. When 2 out of 3 of her pet bunnies passed away within a month in 2007; after a week of struggling, she finally found the Pure Land for her bunnies thru her sister Bicky who has been a dedicated New Kadampa Tradition Practitioner in Hong Kong for many years. Since then, Joanna has been practicing Dharma not only for herself but for all other beings including bunnies, cats, dogs, fish, birds … and even insects (still learning though).

Cindy Corey

Cindy Corey

On a visit to New York in 2005 Cindy attended a day course at the Manhattan Center on ‘Loneliness in the City’ with Kadam Morton.  The wisdom and meditations made an immediate impact on mind, her thinking and developed a clear desire to start a serious Buddhist practice.  Just a few weeks later she spotted a flyer in the window of her favorite lunch place in Atlantic Beach for a new class.  Cindy has been a committed student and practitioner ever since that time attending many teachings and retreats here and abroad.  Cindy’s teachings reflect her own passion for the profundity and meaning she continues to discover in her own experience putting Buddha’s teachings into practice.

Pat Widergren

Pat Widergren

Following a trip to Thailand and a general meditation course Pat began looking for Buddhist meditation. She discovered the Resident Teacher for Maitreya Kadampa Buddhist Center was in her yoga class. Pat has been committed to practicing Dharma ever since and she feels very fortunate to be learning and studying with the wonderful Sangha in Northeast Florida.