Our Resident Teacher: Sharon Lovich
Sharon has been practicing meditation and Kadampa Buddhism since 2003 and is the Resident teacher of the Je Tsongkhapa Kadampa Buddhist Center in Asheville. Before Sharon moved to Asheville in 2011, she volunteered as the Education Program Coordinator for several years at the internationally renowned world peace temple for meditation and modern Buddhism, Kadampa Meditation Center New York. There she received teachings and guidance directly from our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, guided retreats, and taught classes. She has engaged in numerous focused meditation retreats and is known for teaching others how to develop a peaceful mind with great skill, lightness, and humor. Today, Sharon is a part of the Special Teacher Training Program and teaches numerous meditation classes and retreats in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC. Sharon and her husband have one son.
Adam is a sincere Kadampa practitioner who has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2004. Before moving to Asheville early in 2017, he studied for many years at Kadampa Meditation Center Canada in Toronto and was an active part of the community there. Most recently, he was a student of Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab in the Teacher Training Program. He is known for giving clear teachings and using practical examples to help students develop positive minds. Adam is an electrical engineer and is excited to be part of the Asheville community.
Kelsang Loden is an American Buddhist nun and an Asheville artist who has volunteered her talent and time at the Manjurshri Kadampa Meditation Centre, Art Studio in the UK for part of the last two years. She is a sincere and dedicated student of Kadampa Buddhism, has a great sense of humor, and enjoys sharing her practical understanding of Modern Buddhism to help others find greater peace in their life. Kelsang Loden is also a mother and grandmother.
Jill has been practicing Buddhism since 2006 when she began attending classes at KMCNYC in Manhattan. She moved to Knoxville TN in 2018 and found the Je Tsongkhapa Kadampa Buddhist Center during the pandemic. She enrolled in the foundation program and is very excited to be a part of the Je Tsongkhapa Sangha! Jill is a social worker, mother of two and an occasional singer-songwriter.
Suzie has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism in Asheville for several years, after moving here from Chicago. She’s a lighthearted and sincere practitioner and shares her practical understanding of Buddhism with great enthusiasm. Susie is a doctor of physical therapy and enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and goldendoodle Sammy.