The Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, a special tradition of Mahayana Buddhism that is especially suited to this modern world.

A fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang 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 his Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, 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, giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of disciples.

He has published a series of remarkable books on Buddhism and meditation, from basic introductory books to advanced philosophical texts and meditation manuals.

Geshe-la has established three unique study programmes and 1100 centres and groups around the world, trained hundreds of 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.

Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Konchog

Gen Kelsang Konchog is the Resident Teacher at Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre.She has been studying and training under her Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, for many years, and she is now qualified to pass on her understanding of Holy Dharma to others.Gen Konchog is clear and precise in her communications, whilst maintaining a light and humorous attitude. She is known for her practical and joyful teachings.