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.

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.

Adrienne Grudzien

Adrienne is an experienced and dedicated practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, practicing in the Kadampa tradition since 2004. She studies on the Foundation Program at Heruka Center and dedicates many hours of volunteer service to the community as Heruka Center’s Administrative Director. Adrienne’s teachings are very clear and practical, and she presents Dharma and meditation with a warm-hearted manner that is very accessible to everyone.

Sarah Crutchfield

Sarah is a heartfelt and sincere practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, practicing in the Kadampa tradition since 2018. She studies on the Foundation Program at Heruka Center and volunteers as the ritual coordinator. Previously she served as Heruka Center’s Administrative Director. She is known for her love of Dharma and her warm, straightforward manner.

Susan Prentice

Susan has been a sincere practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2019. She studies on the Foundation Program at Heruka Center and generously dedicates many volunteer hours as Heruka Center’s treasurer. Through such dedicated volunteer activities, she shows the compassionate example of cherishing Buddha's teachings (Dharma) and ensuring that they will be available for many generations to come. She presents Buddha’s teachings with warmth and accessibility, and is appreciated for her enthusiasm for Dharma contemplation and study.

Jill Chamberlain

Jill has been a sincere practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism since 2013.  In addition to studying on Heruka Center’s in-depth study program, Foundation Program, she also ensures its effectiveness as a study program for everyone by volunteering as the program's coordinator. Recently retired, Jill has a wealth of experience integrating meditation and Buddha's teachings (Dharma) with a busy professional and family life. Jill is appreciated for her clarity and compassion, as well as her practical approach to meditation and Buddhist practice.

Nick Birdsall

Nick is an experienced practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism. Having met these teachings in 1993 in his native England, Nick has received many teachings directly from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is a regular volunteer at Heruka Center. Nick presents Buddha’s teachings and meditations with clarity and warmth and is appreciated for his sincerity and spiritual confidence.

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