Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is the Founder of the NKT. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.

Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time.

From the age of eight he studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title 'Geshe', which literally means 'spiritual friend'. Under the guidance of Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreat in the Himalayas.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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In 1977 Geshe-la accepted an invitation to teach in England. He took up residence at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, where he has lived for many years giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of disciples.

For many years Geshe-la has taught Kadampa Buddhism to large audiences around the world, and has written a series of popular books on Buddhist thought and meditation, several of which are bestsellers.

He has established three unique Study Programmes and over 800 centres around the world, trained qualified teachers and a flourishing ordained community, and created a project to build Buddhist temples in every major city in the world.

For further information on Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, his activities and teachings, visit the main website for Kadampa Buddhism.


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If you would like to attend meditation classes near you and learn about Buddhism, visit the main website for Kadampa Buddhism which has details of Buddhist Centres around the world.

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