Principal Teacher

Gen Kelsang Lhamo

Gen Kelsang Lhamo is a Kadampa Buddhist nun and the resident teacher for Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh. She is greatly admired as a meditation teacher, and is especially known for her ability to inspire others to recognise and identify with their potential. Through her clear approach and her sincere example, she has helped many people to find true happiness from within.

She has practised Buddhist meditation since the age of 19 when she met her teacher, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre in York. She has been teaching meditation and Buddhism extensively for the best part of the last 30 years in the UK, USA, and France.

Gen Lhamo teaches and guides meditations throughout the week in Edinburgh, the Borders and up the East coast of Scotland. She also regularly receives invitations to teach in other locations.


Kelsang Shri

Kelsang Shri has been an ordained Buddhist nun for many years. She has much experience of practising Buddha’s teachings in both teaching and managerial roles in kadampa Buddhist centres. She has also spent time engaged in meditation retreats alone and in a group setting.


Jill Richardson

Jill is a modern Kadampa Buddhist who has been practising for almost 20 years. Originally from the United States, she now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and teaches at a school for children with learning difficulties. Jill is a student on the Foundation Programme and teaches occasional meditation workshops in the city. She is appreciated for the lightness and warmth that she brings to her teachings.

Dr Chammy Sirisena

Chammy is originally from Sri Lanka and has been practising Kadampa Buddhism in the west for many years. She draws from her experience as a working professional and mother of three to transmit Buddha’s teachings in a way that can easily be integrated into busy modern life. Chammy is a student on the Foundation Programme and teaches occasional courses and events in the Scottish borders. She is known for her kind heart and the clarity she brings to her teachings.

Alana Notman

Alana has been practising meditation and studying Buddhism for many years. She brings to her teachings a wealth of practical ways to use Buddhist meditation, sharing her appreciation and experience of the many benefits for our relationships and happiness. Alana studies on the Foundation Programme and will be teaching a regular evening class in the Scottish Borders from June 2017. She is known for her practical, down-to-earth and light-hearted approach.