About Our Teachers
Our Teachers and Community Dharma Leaders include: Jokai Blackwell, Tim Colohan, Jane Broadwell, Brad Gibson, Khaydroup Zangmo, Jampa Kalsang, Susy Keely, Franz Manfredi and more!
Jokai Blackwell Sensei relocated to Southern California from the UK in 2000 to study Zen Buddhism. He received Dharma Transmission in 2014 and serves as LBM’s Guiding Teacher.
Tim Colohan is currently a Senior Dharma Teacher at the Kwan Um School of Zen. While waiting tables in Los Angeles and pursuing a fine arts career, Tim found Zen. Or it found him.
Jane began her meditation practice at age 19, but was not introduced to Buddhist meditation practices until 2007, when she signed up for a 10-‐day retreat, not realizing what type of meditation it was!
Brad Gibson has been studying Vipassana meditation since 1980. He has studied and attended meditation retreats with Jack Engler, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, as well as others.
Khaydroup moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1981 to join a newly formed team of psychologists from The Naropa Institute led by the psychiatrist, Edward Podvoll, whom Khaydroup eventually married in 1986.
Jampa encountered the Dharma in 1994. After many years of fumbling around, in early 2005 he found his home at the Pasadena Bodhi Path center and his teacher, Lama Khaydroup.
Franz is a Community Dharma Leader at the Long Beach Meditation Center where his passion to share the teachings of the Buddha springs from the revolution they have created in his own life.
Susy has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2001. Her early years of practice were with the sangha at Deer Park Monastery (Thich Nhat Hanh).