Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT), a network of over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist Centers and groups throughout the world.
Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, was a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.
Out of loving kindness and compassion, he devoted his life to making Buddha’s teachings accessible to the modern world.
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 Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas.
In 1977 he was invited to teach in England; and, from that time until his passing in 2022, he gave thousands of authoritative and practical teachings on Kadampa Buddhism in Europe, North America, Brazil, Singapore, and elsewhere, and wrote 23 highly acclaimed remarkable books on Buddhist thought and meditation.
He established three unique study programs and over 1200 Centers and branches around the world, trained qualified modern Buddhist teachers and a flourishing ordained community, and created a project to build Buddhist temples for world peace in every country in the world.
In his teachings and books, Geshe Kelsang emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life, the need to develop inner peace if we are to be truly happy, and how to cultivate the ability to help others. He demonstrated these qualities every day in his own life.
This remarkable teacher continues to inspire many people in many different countries because he taught from example. He was a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.