Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche 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.
Study and retreat
From the age of eight, Geshe-la 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 retreats in the Himalayas.
Teaching in the West
In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Center in England, where he lived for many years giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of disciples. Geshe-la has continued to teach on Kadampa Buddhism in many countries around the world, and published a series of remarkable books on Buddhist thought and meditation.
He has established three unique study programs and over 1200 meditation centers and branches in 40 countries around the world, each with a trained qualified teacher and a flourishing ordained community, and created a project to build Buddhist temples in every major city in the world. There are 1200 Kadampa Centers around the world where people can study and practice the teachings of Buddha.
Teaching from example
In his teachings Geshe-la emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others and he demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.
This remarkable teacher inspires so many people from so many different countries because he is teaching from example. He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.