Our Teachers

Photo of Geshe Kelsang GyatsoVenerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Geshe-la, as he is affectionately known 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 earning 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. Geshe-la works tirelessly to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world, and has published a series of renowned books on Buddhism and meditation. He has established over 1000 meditation centres globally, trained numerous qualified teachers (lay and ordained), and founded ‘The International Temples Project’ bringing authentic Buddhist temples to the world’s major cities. Geshe-la also envisioned the ‘Kadampa Schools Project’ with the first school opening in Derbyshire, England, in 2012.

In his teachings, Geshe Kelsang emphasises the importance of meditation and how to apply it to daily modern life, also the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others. He demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life. This remarkable teacher successfully inspires countless people from many different countries because he teaches from example. He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find genuine and lasting happiness.

Photo of Gen-la Kelsang DekyongGen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Originally from Northern Ireland, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of the NKT and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, the Mother Center of Kadampa Buddhism.

Gen-la has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of her Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s closest disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humour and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. She is a perfect example of a Kadampa Teacher.

Each year, Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.

Gen Kelsang Chitta

Our Resident Teacher at Potala Centre is Gen Kelsang Chitta who is a Kadampa Buddhist nun. Ordained directly by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Chitta has been his disciple for many years, studying Buddhism at numerous Kadampa teaching centres throughout the world.

Chitta’s meditation classes are both relaxing and practical, containing tried and tested methods to promote inner peace and are filled with pragmatic advice on how to find genuine happiness in our daily lives.

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