Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition and 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 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 Centre in England, where he lived for many years giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of disciples.
Geshe-la continued to teach on Kadampa Buddhism in many countries around the world until his retirement in 2009, and has published a series of remarkable books on Buddhist thought and meditation.
He has established three unique study programmes and over 200 meditation 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.
In his teachings, Geshe Kelsang 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 teaches from example.
General Spiritual Director
The General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition is Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong. Based at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cumbria, Gen-la Dekyong is a incredibly inspiring and committed teacher and disciple of Geshe-la. She teaches at major international Buddhist festivals and celebrations around the world.
Deputy Spiritual Director
The Deputy Spiritual Director is Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, an American Buddhist monk who is based in at the International Kadampa Retreat Centre Grand Canyon. Gen-la Jampa is able to use his deep personal experience to explain Buddha’s teachings in a way that is uniquely applicable to our modern lives, and his warmth and humour radiates positivity.
National Spiritual Director
Our National Spiritual Director is Kadam Bridget, known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart, and deep understanding of Buddha’s wisdom advice. Her teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way that are easy to practice and integrate into daily life. As a mother of two, she has a special insight into how to bring Buddhism alive to meet the demands of a busy modern life. Kadam Bridget shows an inspiring example for everyone on the spiritual path.
Our Resident Teacher
Kelsang Lamchen is the Resident Teacher at Amithaba KMC and has been studying Kadam Dharma for over 18 years. She has a wealth of meditation and mindfulness experience and presents Buddha’s teachings in a clear and practical way making them easy to integrate into daily life. Kelsang Lamchen’s warmth and loving example are an inspiration to all.