Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche- Founder and Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso 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.
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 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 programmes and over 1000 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. He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.
General Spiritual Director
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and Principal Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner mental peace.
She has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for thirty years, during which time she has inspired thousands of people around the world through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, taking his teachings to heart and putting them into practice in every aspect of her life.
Gen-la Dekyong is a highly experienced Buddhist Teacher who has taught at many different centres internationally. Before her appointment as General Spiritual Director she was the National Spiritual Director of the USA. She is a very powerful Teacher able to make Buddha’s teachings easily accessible and to show through her example how to integrate these teachings into our daily life.
Gen-la has dedicated her life to helping spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by developing meditation centres and Temples in as many countries as possible, and she provides enthusiastic support and encouragement to everyone engaged in these projects.
But busy as she is, she never loses her connection with the people she is dedicated to helping and always has a kind word and wise counsel for whoever she meets. If you would like to receive teachings from Gen-la Dekyong you can do so at Manjushri KMC which is little more than an hour’s drive from Carlisle or the west coast of Cumbria.
Gen Dema is the resident teacher at Uma Kadampa Meditation Centre. She gives clear and practical guidance from her own experience of Buddha’s teachings. Gen Dema teaches the following classes at the centre: General Programme, Foundation Study Programme, Guided Retreats, Day Courses, Special Events as well as branch classes at other venues.
Kelsang Drolma has recently completed the Intensive Teacher Training Course at Manjushri KMC and been appointed as Education Programme Co-ordinator at Uma KMC. Her teachings are warm-hearted, clear and practical as well as being very inspiring. She has spent many years as a manager at Tara Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Dublin and we welcome her here to our centre. Kelsang Drolma teaches the Dumfries class on Wednesday evenings.
Dave Stones has been a Kadampa practitioner for many years and has a wealth of experience of putting Buddha’s teachings into practice. His humble, warm and engaging style is welcomed at the Penrith branch class.
Sharon Hopgood is the Admin Director at Uma KMC. She teaches the Prayers for World Peace on Sundays. Sharon is loved for her sincere teachings and calming presence and is an inspiration to those attending. Sharon also teaches the Lunchtime Meditation class on Tuesdays.
Jenny Craig has been studying Buddhism for over 20 years and has taught meditation classes in Cumbria and Scotland. Jenny enjoys sharing her wisdom with others and her experience of how meditation can improve your life. Jenny teaches the class in Wigtown on Tuesday lunchtimes and the Foundation Programme at Castle Douglas on Sunday evenings.
Linda Hartley has been a practising Buddhist for several years, helping and supporting meditation classes in Scotland and studying on the Foundation Programme. Linda is a sincere and inspiring teacher who is greatly appreciated for her lively sense of humour. She teaches the Castle Douglas class on Thursday evenings.
Mary Parker teaches the Wednesday lunchtime class at Uma Centre. She is much loved for her clear understanding and experience of meditation as well as for her wonderful sense of humour and lightness in teaching.