Special Events

Sept 23-25 | Clear and Joyful Meditation: Tranquil Abiding Weekend Getaway Retreat
Oct 1 | Intro to Buddhist Way of Life – Refuge Retreat
October 14-20 | NKT International Fall Festival 2022

Free Meditations & Pujas

Heart Jewel
Wishfulfilling Jewel Puja
Offering to the Spiritual Guide Puja
Tara Puja
Quick Path to Great Bliss
Protector Puja
Powa | Transference of Consciousness for the Deceased

General Program

Sunday Mornings | 11am – 12:30pm
Mondays in Coral Springs resume Oct 3 | 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday Lunchtime | 12pm – 1pm
Thursday Evenings | 7pm – 8:15 pm

Study Programs

Foundation Program | Tues, 7 – 9pm
Teacher Training Program

KMC Fort Lauderdale

Visiting Hours
Volunteer Work Party

Kadampa Meditation Center Fort Lauderdale
4342 E Tradewinds Ave, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea FL 33308
(954) 372-7481

Kadampa Meditation Center Fort Lauderdale offers an extensive program of day courses, meditation classes, study programs and retreats where you can develop mindfulness and learn meditation techniques. The methods and practices taught at the Center are suitable for all individuals, whatever your level of interest. Following Buddha’s special advice, we can relax our mind, dissolve our pain and fear and become of greater benefit to others. Our centers offer practical meditation classes that help us solve life’s problems and find a deep and lasting inner peace. Most classes are self-contained and open to everyone.

We want to be happy all the time, even during sleep. How can we do this? We can do this through training in meditation because meditation makes our mind peaceful, and when our mind is peaceful we are happy all the time, even if our external conditions are poor. On the other hand, when our mind is not peaceful we are not happy, even if our external conditions are excellent.
~ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Understand the Mind

Gen Kelsang Jindak

Resident Teacher
Gen Jindak is a western Buddhist nun with over 20 years of experience practicing and teaching Kadampa Buddhism at centers throughout the U.S. She has a clear teaching style and is an excellent teacher for both beginners and experienced meditators.

Assistant Teachers

Star Sandow has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism for over 25 years. She served for many years as the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centers in Long Island, New York, and has also taught classes in New York City, Boston and the Kadampa World Peace Temple in Glen Spey. She is appreciated for her gentle, kind and warm-hearted approach to teaching, and helps her students discover profound meaning and joy in their Dharma practice.

Duane Butler has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism for many years and is studying in our Foundation Program class. He has taught many classes at KMC Fort Lauderdale, and is currently co-teaching our Sunday morning meditation classes. He is very knowledgeable and passionate in his presentation of Dharma, and includes real-life and relatable examples in his teachings.

Diane Adams has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2005 and is currently studying in our Foundation Program class. She has also attended many Kadampa festivals and retreats all over the world. Diane is known for her warm, friendly and accessible approach to teaching Dharma, and emphasizes finding joy in our daily practice.

Frank DeLeo has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2009, and is currently studying in our Foundation Program class. He has attended several Kadampa festivals and retreats over the years. He is appreciated for giving very practical teachings with real-life examples, and presents the teachings with much warmth and enthusiasm.

Rae Landers has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2015 and is currently studying on our Teacher Training Program. She has attended Kadampa festivals and retreats and has taught many classes at KMC Fort Lauderdale. She is known for her gentle, serene and compassionate approach to teaching Dharma, helping her students find peace and joy in their practice.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of NKT-IKBU, is a contemporary Buddhist meditation Master who has dedicated his entire life to world peace by spreading the compassion and wisdom of Buddha throughout the world. Through the International Temples Project, which he founded, he has created hundreds of meditation centers and Temples worldwide, developed special study and meditation programs, and trained modern Buddhist Teachers in over 40 countries. Geshe-la is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation that present even the most profound aspects of Buddha’s teachings in ways that are easy to understand and integrate into our busy lives. By applying his teachings to their lives everyone—Buddhist or not—can learn to solve their daily problems, improve their relationships with others, and follow a pure spiritual path that leads to permanent inner peace and happiness.

“Without improving our mind there is no way to solve our human problems.”
~ Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, and Principal Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner peace. She’s been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for thirty years, and has inspired thousands of people through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, her tireless dedication to helping Kadam Dharma flourish throughout the world, and her clear and accessible teachings.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa
Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Center Texas. He is dedicated to helping people solve their daily problems by developing the capacity of their mind through the practice of meditation and modern Buddhism. Gen-la is well-loved for his clear and inspiring teachings, and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness.

Gen Kelsang Rigpa
Western US National Spiritual Director

Gen Kelsang Rigpa is an American Buddhist monk, the Western US National Spiritual Director and the Resident Teacher at KMC-Hollywood and KMC-California. Through his clear presentation, he is able to help student discover for themselves how to integrate these timeless teachings into our modern world, making everyday life joyful and meaningful.

Gen Kelsang Demo
Midwest US National Spiritual Director

Gen Kelsang Demo is the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington DC. She has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 20 years and has been teaching Kadampa Buddhism since 1998. Deeply respected as a teacher and practitioner, Gen Demo demonstrates a wealth of practical knowledge and provides clear and inspiring teachings for people of all levels of interest.

Kadam Morten Clausen
Eastern US National Spiritual Director

Kadam Morten Clausen is the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City, and also Bodh Gaya Center in Bayside, Queens. For over 30 years he has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who gave him the title “Kadam,” indicating that he is a senior lay teacher of the Kadampa Tradition.

Why we need Buddhism in Modern Times

The source of all our daily problems and suffering is our uncontrolled desire, also known as ‘attachment’. Since beginningless time, because we have had uncontrolled desire for the fulfilment of our own wishes, we have performed various kinds of non-virtuous actions – actions that harm others. As a result, we continually experience various kinds of suffering and miserable conditions in life after life without end.

When our wishes are not fulfilled we usually experience unpleasant feelings, such as unhappiness or depression; this is our own problem because we are so attached to the fulfilment of our wishes. When we lose a close friend we experience pain and unhappiness, but this is only because we have no ability to control our desire. When we lose our possessions and the things that we like, we experience unhappiness and we become upset and angry.

This is because we have uncontrolled desire for these things. If we were able to control our desire there would be no basis to experience these problems. Many people are engaged in fighting, criminal actions and even warfare; all these actions arise from their uncontrolled desire for the fulfilment of their own wishes. In this way, we can see that there is not a single problem experienced by living beings that does not come from their uncontrolled desire.

This proves that unless we control our desire our problems will never cease. Therefore, anyone – whether Buddhist or non-Buddhist – who does not wish to experience problems and suffering should learn to control their desire through training in the particular meditations that are presented in Buddha’s teachings.

Become A Member

Membership is a great way to support Kadampa Meditation Center Fort Lauderdale while also saving on class and event fees. All membership options include free entry to all our weekly drop-in meditation classes at the Center and its branches. Our Standard and Plus level members also receive discounts for many of our special events. Please click HERE for more details..

“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible. We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.” ~ Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


If you have enjoyed the offerings at KMC Fort Lauderdale, please consider supporting KMC Fort Lauderdale with a 100% tax-deductible gift! Our Center completely depends on class fees, memberships and donations to operate. In this world, wracked by discord, violence, and mental turmoil, KMC Fort Lauderdale is a refuge for all people, teaching them how to transform their minds and their lives for the better.

Whether you become a Supporting Member or give a one-time gift of $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford, this donation can make all the difference in our ability to better serve the South Florida community. We are a registered non-profit 501(c)(3), thus all donations are tax-deductible.


The Kadampa Meditation Center Fort Lauderdale Buddhist shop is an excellent resource for books on Buddhism, ritual items, and accessories. We are affiliated with Tharpa Publications, a non-profit corporation that publishes books on Buddhism and meditation by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

We have audio CDs, Buddhist art, and Sadhanas for prayer and meditation. Books are available in English, as well as in Spanish and many other languages. The shop also carries a wide selection of Buddha statues, shrine items (such as offering bowls) and ritual items (such as malas, vajras, and bells). Accessories, from jewelry and hand-made book covers to incense and journals, complement Buddhist practice and make excellent gifts.

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