Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, a modern presentation of Buddhism that has an unbroken lineage all the way back to Buddha himself.
Through almost twenty years of study and practice in the great Tibetan monasteries followed by another twenty years of meditation retreat in the Himalayas, Geshe Kelsang earned the reputation as a great comtemporary practitioner and Teacher of Buddhism.
For over 35 years he has shared this knowledge and experience with the people of the modern world, giving thousands of teachings, composing 22 highly acclaimed books, establishing hundreds of centres around the world and inaugurating the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit.
The ITP fosters the international development of a wide range of contemporary Buddhist institutions, which presently include Temples for World Peace, Kadampa Meditation Centres (KMC’s), International Retreat Centres (IRCs, Kadampa Buddhist Centres (KBCs), Hotel Kadampas, World Peace Cafe’s, the International Schools Project and Tharpa Publications. All these institutions provide a public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.
Venerable Geshe-la has established three unique study programmes and over 1200 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.
Teaching from example
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.
The term ‘Rinpoche’, added to Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s name, is a Tibetan word that means ‘Precious One’, and has been added as a mark of deepest respect.
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