Our teachers


The founder of the New Kadampa Tradition is the most kind Venerable Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. For over 30 years Geshe Kelsang has transmitted a complete lineage not only of pure teachings and insights, but also of prayers, ritual practices, sacred art and music appropriate to the needs of modern people and delivered in the local language. He has also established a vibrant ordained community and trained hundreds of qualified lay and ordained Kadampa teachers.

Geshe Kelsang has founded more than 1100 meditation centres and groups in over 40 countries. He has created the International Temples Project with the intention to establish Temples throughout the world.

Although Geshe Kelsang has now retired as Spiritual Director, even at the age of 84 he works tirelessly to help spread the precious teachings of Kadampa Buddhism.

zopa_webKelsang Zopa is the Resident Teacher at Joyful Land. He has studied extensively under Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and other New Kadampa teachers, and has completed many meditation retreats. His teachings reflect his wealth of knowledge and his extensive experience. Kelsang Zopa has a special expertise in presenting Buddhist teachings that makes all his classes extremely helpful and enjoyable.

Kelsang Zopa teaches the Teacher Training Program, the Foundation Program and Tuesday and Wednesday classes in the General Program.


Kelsang Lamden teaches weekly on Wednesday evenings in Orleans at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex.


Jeanne Paquin teaches weekly on Thursday evenings in Kanata at the public library.

Jane Douglas

Jane Douglas guides Buddhist Mindfulness Meditations on Thursday evenings at Joyful Land’s main centre.


Ananda Kelly teaches the children’s program at the main centre (adults are welcome too).

Contact us

Joyful Land Buddhist Centre
879 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 6R6

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