Resident Teacher

Born and raised in New York, Kadam Matthew studied philosophy in college and has lived in Brooklyn for twenty years. He has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang for many years, and the resident teacher in Brooklyn since 2008. Prior to that, he was the Education Program Coordinator at KMC-NYC in Manhattan for six years, overseeing all the workshops, retreats, and classes.

Kadam Matthew has taught at NYU, CUNY’s Graduate Center and John Jay College for Criminal Justice. Insightful and humorous, he is appreciated for his clear and articulate presentation of the teachings.


Administrative Director & Teacher

Tom's joyful and enthusiastic manner of teaching and discussing the Dharma is infectious and the sincere way in which Tom practices from the heart is inspiring to everyone who knows him. Tom is a husband and a father to three lovely children.


Teacher & Volunteer

Nicole is a long-time student of meditation. Although she spent several years living and working at a Kadampa Buddhist retreat center in the Scottish countryside, she is equally at home in the city. Her clear and articulate explanation of Buddhist teachings and meditative techniques can help us to bring greater peace into our busy city life.


Teacher & Volunteer

In addition to teaching classes at VMC, Sumit instructs middle school students about science and the importance of not picking their noses. He brings a scientific mind to analyzing and understanding the depth and beauty of Buddha’s teachings, while also attempting to convey the joy, light-heartedness and peace that meditation can bring about.


Teacher & Volunteer

As a neuroscientist and engineer, Michael brings a critical and scientific focus to his Dharma practice. His sharp wisdom and passion for teaching is encouraging to others who seek to enter into or improve upon their meditation practice. Michael lives in Park Slope, with his wife of 16 years, their 5.5 years old daughter, and 2 year old son.