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Our Teachers

Resident Teacher Kadam Tom Mitchell is a charter member of Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis and has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 20 years. He is a faithful and sincere practitioner who has a deep understanding of the Kadampa teachings. His classes and meditations are inspiring for both beginner and advanced students. Kadam Tom is also a professor at Indiana University, and is an internationally known author.

Kathy Ryan has been teaching Dharma for over 7 years, and has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over a decade. She has taught a variety of classes at the center, Foundation Program, and branch classes. She also works as a music therapist in and around Indianapolis. Kathy continues to inspire students with her deep faith and sincere teachings on Monday nights at Buddhism for Beginners.

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Fred May has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 15 years, and has been teaching for more than a decade. He is also a nursing professor at the University of Indianapolis. Fred is a sincere practitioner with a wealth of knowledge on mala making and statue filling. He continues to play a large role in the growth and continuation of Kadampa Meditation Indianapolis.

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Kari Totten has been a sincere student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso since 2011. Her warmth and compassion make her a true inspiration and a comforting presence. Kari is currently a medical assistant with HealthNet / IU Health, servicing some of the most impoverished communities in Indianapolis. Kari is actively pursuing her degree in nursing and has a strong wish to always be of service to others.


Amy Brown has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso since 2007.  She is a sincere dharma practitioner and delights in teaching both adults and children alike. Amy currently teaches the development of artistic behavior with elementary school-aged children in the Indianapolis Public Schools system. Her favorite activities are attending international festivals and spending time with her family and friends. 

Kara GoBuddhist Teacher, Kara Gott Warnertt Warner has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso since 2004. She works tirelessly for dharma by designing and maintaining the Kadampa Meditation Center Indianapolis website and has also played a role in helping to create publicity to promote events at the Center. Kara is an avid and passionate knitter and works as the Executive Editor of Creative Knitting Magazine.