The Founder of NKT and Our Spiritual Guide
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, and Modern Buddhism has spent his entire life benefiting others through helping people find true inner peace. Born in Tibet, he was ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of eight and spent the next twenty years studying the teachings of Buddha in the great Tibetan monasteries.
• After concluding his studies and being awarded the title ‘Geshe’, which means ‘virtuous spiritual friend’, he entered a life of meditation, engaging in deep retreat in Tibet and India where he soon developed a reputation as a meditation master.
• After almost twenty years in retreat, in 1977 he was requested to teach at Manjushri Center in England and graciously agreed with the encouragement of his own Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang.
• Since moving to the West, Venerable Geshe Kelsang has given thousands of teachings, helped establish the International Kadampa Buddhist Union, trained hundreds of Buddhist teachers, and written 23 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation, including his most prolific title, Modern Buddhism which is free to download. Or visit Tharpa Publications for info about or to purchase any of Geshe-la’s books, mp3 downloads, or Buddhist artwork.