Our Teachers

Our Teachers

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

For over three decades Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche has patiently guided students unaccustomed to Himalayan traditions. As the abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Rinpoche is responsible for insuring that preparations are in keeping with age-old Tibetan traditions when visiting Rinpoches and lamas teach at KTD. Distinguished visitors include His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, all the regents of the Karma Kagyu lineage, and numerous eminent Tibetan teachers. more…


Lama Kathy WesleyLama Kathy Wesley

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Kathy Wesley (Lama Gyurme Chötsö) has studied Tibetan Buddhism since 1977. She has been active in the Columbus Karma Thegsum Choling since its inception in 1977, and has served the center in a variety of roles, including meditation instructor, newsletter editor and secretary. From 1986 until 1991, she was the center’s administrative director. Lama Kathy now serves the Columbus KTC as its resident teacher.

From June 1993 until May 1996, Kathy participated in a three-year retreat led by the Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at the Karmé Ling Retreat Center in Delhi, N.Y. You can learn more about her at www.lamakathy.net

IMG_3172Lama Tom Broadwater

Lama Tom Broadwater took refuge with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 1999 and completed a three year retreat under his direction in 2012. He is the Resident Lama at the Athens Ohio Center. Lama Tom worked as a Social Worker Administrator for thirty five years before retiring a few years ago. He is also the father of two and grandfather of three children. Lama Tom teaches at Columbus KTC every 4th Sunday of the month and is the spiritual guide and inspiration for our Ngondro group that meets monthly on the 4th Sunday.