Our Teachers

  • Gen TogdenGen Togden

    GEN TOGDEN is a Buddhist monk and an international teacher of Modern Buddhism who is a close disciple of our Founder, the great meditation master and author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Gen Togden has been practising meditation and Buddhism for nearly 25 years and has given Dharma teachings in five continents of the world. He has also helped establish and improve Dharma Centres in Canada, the USA, South America and Portugal. Gen Togden is greatly admired for his good example and known for his joy, clarity, warmth and inspirational teachings that easily touch our hearts.

  • Kelsang PawoKelsang Pawo

    PAWO is a Kiwi Buddhist monk who moved to Auckland in early 2017 to become the Education Programme Coordinator for our Centre. He is very dedicated and committed to spiritual development. Pawo teaches General Programme (GP) classes and substitute teaches Foundation Programme (FP) classes on Saturday mornings. His teachings are based on his personal experience and reveal his sincerity, thoughtfulness and good sense of humour.

  • Lizzie KellyLizzie Kelly

    LIZZIE is an experienced practitioner and teacher who is well known for her contagious enthusiasm for the Dharma. She speaks from the heart and gives thoughtful, helpful and down-to-earth teachings that are based on her own experiences, both at home (in a long-term relationship) and at work (at the Auckland University of Technology). Lizzie teaches special courses and workshops and substitute teaches Foundation Programme (FP) classes on Monday evenings.

  • Dave McPhersonDave McPherson

    DAVE has been involved with Modern Buddhism for over 15 years, both in Australia and in New Zealand. He has received extensive Dharma teachings and has had numerous opportunities to successfully apply these methods to both his family and professional life. Dave’s teachings are very lucid and practical, showing how to integrate Buddhist thought in all aspects of life. He is light, sincere and friendly, and his guided meditations easily put us in touch with our inner peace.

  • Jasmine DungeyJasmine Dungey

    JAZZ is a bright and methodical Dharma teacher who brings her personal practical experience of Modern Buddhism and meditation to all her presentations. She comes from Christchurch, where she worked as a veterinarian, but has now changed her career to the field of environmental protection. Jazz teaches weekly classes in Takapuna. She is clear and logical, using examples and analogies that make her teachings easy to put into practice to all aspects of daily life.

  • Rebecca SkidmoreRebecca Skidmore

    BECKY has a warm and joyful teaching style that embraces everyone. She has been actively involved with our Centre from its very beginning, more than 12 years ago. Becky works in city planning and design, and integrates the special instructions of Modern Buddhism to all aspects of her life. She has a welcoming and friendly presence and is able to bring Buddha’s teaching to life with her typical kiwi sense of humour and skilful use of analogies. It’s a delight to listen to Becky’s Dharma teachings.

  • Carl PeterkenCarl Peterken

    CARL has been practising Modern Buddhism for many years, having engaged in long-term meditation retreats and participated in numerous Kadampa Festivals in England and elsewhere. He’s well educated, works in IT doing website design and programming, and does volunteer work for Dharma Centres internationally. Carl’s teachings and guided meditations come from faith and confidence resulting from his extensive personal experience. He’s intelligent, a bit shy but also relatable and humorous.