Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the new Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union, was born and trained in Tibet. He engaged in deep meditation in Nepal and northern India for many years, and came to be regarded as a modern day Buddhist master. In 1977, following the advice of his own Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, Geshe Kelsang accepted a request to become Resident Teacher at Manjushri Centre in Ulverston, our mother centre and his spiritual home, where he has since given thousands of teachings.
Geshe Kelsang has written 21 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation which present Buddha’s teachings in a way that everyone, regardless of nationality, age or gender, can put into practice in their daily lives.
He shows how we can solve the probelems we face in modern life through simple, scientific methods taught by Buddha, and begin to experience true inner peace.
He has founded more than a thousand meditation centres and groups in over forty countries, the first of which was Madhyamaka KMC, and established their three study programmes: the General Programme, Foundation Programme and Teacher Training Programme. He has trained hundreds of teachers, ordained many monks and nuns, and transmitted a complete lineage of teachings and insights, prayers, ritual practices, sacred art and music – all tailored to the needs of the modern world.