About Heruka Kadampa Buddhist Center

Heruka Kadampa Buddhist Center is a spiritual community, a sanctuary in Fort Collins, Colorado, serving northern Colorado and Wyoming. At HKBC we can learn to practice Kadampa Buddhist meditations and use wisdom to solve our daily problems, grow spiritually, and transform our world. Based on the books of the contemporary Buddhist master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, and the lineage of Kadampa Buddhist masters, HKBC presents Buddha’s teachings in an authentic and accessible manner that can easily be integrated into busy modern life. Currently streaming online, we offer meditation classes for all levels of interest and experience.

HKBC is Part of the New Kadampa Tradition

New Kadampa Buddhism is a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings designed especially for the people of the modern world. All the practices come from Buddha Shakyamuni and have been preserved over the centuries by an unbroken lineage of fully realized Teachers.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s presentation retains all the meanings and insights of Buddha’s original teachings, while offering them in a way that is accessible and suitable for modern-day practitioners. Through this great skill everyone – regardless of race, nationality, background, age, or gender – now has the opportunity to follow practice scientifically proven methods for solving the problems of daily life that ultimately lead to true and lasting happiness.

By practicing Kadampa Buddhist meditation...

We can solve our daily problems of stress, anxiety, anger, uncontrolled desire, confusion, jealousy, and so on, and find deeper and deeper inner peace.

We can nurture our spiritual potential  by increasing our loving kindness and wisdom, and eventually attain full enlightenment!
And, by integrating these practical methods into our daily lives, we will not only enrich our own lives, but the lives of our families, communities, and world.

“Without inner peace in the hearts of living beings, there can be no outer peace.” ~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Teachers at Heruka Kadampa Buddhist Center

Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Trina Gunther was appointed Resident Teacher at Heruka Buddhist Center in the autumn of 2020 by the Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition. Trina has been a dedicated practitioner of modern Kadampa Buddhism since 2004. She studied extensively with General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, Western US National Spiritual Director, Gen Kelsang Rigpa, and Colorado’s own Kadam Lucy James.

Trina has been teaching Kadam Dharma and meditation for 12 years, most recently in Evergreen and Denver, but also in northern and southern California and eastern England. Since 2004, she has devoted much time and energy to helping people find authentic happiness through connecting to the Modern Buddhism of the New Kadampa Tradition.

She is an inspiring example of a lay practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, and brings with her a wealth of experience of integrating Buddha's teachings with busy daily life. Through her professional background in architecture and urban design, she offers a practical perspective to spiritual practice to help anyone apply Buddha's profound insights and meditations to their busy working and family lives.

Jamie Holland

Jamie is an experienced practitioner and teacher of Kadampa Buddhism, practicing in the Kadampa tradition since 2001. He now studies and teaches meditation regularly at Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado in Denver, where he has resided for the last eight years.

Jamie’s teachings are full of humor and practical examples that illuminate the depth of Buddha’s profound teachings, making them accessible for everyone to apply to their daily lives. His personable, kind manner communicates the benefits of meditation and modern Buddhism in practice, and his classes demonstrate the essential “how to’s” of a genuinely spiritual life in a way that all of us can understand.

Tim Salemno

Tim began studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism in 2009. He is a student on the Foundation Program at Heruka Center, and dedicates many volunteer hours to helping Heruka Center offer Kadampa Buddhist classes and study programs in his role as the Education Program Coordinator. Tim is a business owner in Fort Collins and shows the example of integrating Buddhism and meditation practice into a busy work and family life. His teachings are appreciated for being accessible, relaxed and friendly.

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