Our Teachers


Kelsang Shechog is the Resident Teacher of our Centre

  • Kelsang ShechogKelsang Shechog

    Kelsang Shechog is a qualified Kadampa practitioner and teacher of Kadampa Buddhism. She has received extensive teachings of both Sutra and Tantra including the empowerments of Highest Yoga Tantra from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Shechog has studied on the Special Teacher Training Programme and engaged sincerely in meditation retreats on both Sutra and Tantra. She has dedicated her life to helping people solve their problems and find happiness through Buddha’s timeless instructions.

    Shechog has spent many years developing Kadampa Meditation Centres where she has inspired many people through her kindness and loving example and is much loved for her gentle manner, inner strength and clear, skillful teachings.

  • 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.

  • 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 in medicine, 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.

  • Dave MacPhersonDave MacPherson

    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.

  • 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 as a web and mobile developer, and volunteers 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.

  • Anastasia DailianisAnastasia Dailianis

    Anastasia is a working mother with two small children. She has a background in the performing arts, psychology and public sector project management – all of which give her many opportunities to put Buddha’s teachings into practice. Through her practical teaching style, she uses examples from her own experience to show how relevant and applicable Buddha's advice is for our modern lives.

  • Monica OrtizMonica Ortiz

    Monica is an experienced Dharma practitioner who enjoys
    applying Buddha’s teachings in day to day life.

    She is enthusiastic and practical in the way she conveys the
    meaning of Dharma to suit people from all walks of life.