Our Visiting Teachers
The Pagoda in St. Norbert
Dharma Talks (sound files)
The Dharma Centre of Winnipeg
is the founder and resident teacher of the Dharma Centre of Winnipeg.
He has studied a variety of Buddhist practices and done several
retreats over a period of twenty-five years with his principal teacher,
Namgyal Rinpoche. He has also done retreat work and studied with
Jeff Olson, Mark Webber, Doug Duncan and Ven. Sonam Gyatso. Gerry
has received two lay ordinations in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan
Buddhism, and is authorized by Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche to give a number
of permission-level empowerments in this tradition.
Gerry Kopelow is also an internationally published author, lecturer,
photographer, with a wide range of skills in such diverse fields
as the fine arts, business, and personal and community development.
As an artist Gerry has received recognition and support from the
National Film Board of Canada, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the
Canada Council of the Arts. As a commercial photographer he
operates a international practice with a long list of clients.
Gerry's writing and photography have appeared in many periodicals
and magazines, and his textbooks on photography are distributed
world-wide and are respected as definitive works in the field. He
has lectured and delivered workshops for a wide variety of groups
and institutions, including The University of Winnipeg, The University
of Florida, The Georgia Institute of Technology and the American
Institute of Architects. He is a regular lecturer at the Harvard
Graduate School of Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he
was invited to establish a continuing education professional development
more than a decade Gerry has donated his professional services to
the United Way of Winnipeg for annual campaigns that raise millions
of dollars each year for critical community service agencies. He
has provided similar assistance to Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank, the
Winnipeg Health Sciences Research Foundation, UNICEF, and to the
Winnipeg Childrens' Hospital Research Foundation. Gerry is an active
member of the Winnipeg Interfaith Council, which promotes the development
of harmony and understanding among Winnipeg's rich mix of ethnic
and spiritual cultures.