Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished Buddhist meditation master, renowned teacher, and author. ‘Geshe-la,’ as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in the modern era. From the age of eight Geshe-la studied extensively in the monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title ‘Geshe’, which literally means ‘spiritual friend’. Under the guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas. In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach in England. Seeing that there was much interest in Kadam dharma, and having received many requests to continue to teach, he agreed to remain in England. He has written many remarkable books that explain both basic Buddhism and the most advanced practices that lead to enlightenment. Geshe-la strongly emphasizes the importance of transforming our daily worldly activities into the spiritual path.
Geshe-la has established three unique study programs and over 1100 centers and groups around the world. He has also trained hundreds of qualified teachers, including a flourishing ordained community, and created the International Temples Project [ITP] whose mandate is to build Buddhist Temples in every major city in the world.
In August of 2009, Geshe-la retired as General Spiritual Director and no longer gives regular teachings. This duty is now fulfilled by the current General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Dekyong and the Deputy Spiritual Director, Gen-la Jampa. Jointly, they lead the International Kadampa Festivals, where thousands of people from all over the world come to listen to the healing and inspiring teachings of Buddhadharma. The Canadian National Spiritual Director, Gen-la Khyenrab teaches at Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada, in Toronto. He a senior disciple of Geshe-la and we are most fortunate to receive his guidance and experience.


Video Teachings by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

  Principal Kadampa Teachers

Gen-la Dekyong

is the General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC. Gen-la has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. As one of Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humour and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. Each year, Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.

Gen-la Jampa

is the Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Grand Canyon in Arizona. He has studied under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and taught internationally for many years. He is greatly admired for his warm personality and clear, inspiring teachings.

Gen-la Khyenrab

is a retired General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and National Spiritual Director of Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. He is the Resident Teacher at KMC Canada in Toronto. Gen-la Khyenrab is deeply respected throughout the Kadampa world as a sincere practitioner and powerful teacher.

Samudra Kadampa Buddhist Centre Teachers

Gen Kelsang Rabgye

Rabgye teaches the Foundation Program (FP) in St Catharines and is the Resident Teacher of Samudra Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Hamilton. He began study of Kadampa Buddhism in 1996 and was ordained by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 2001.

Joanna Cielen

Joanna teaches General Program meditation classes in St Catharines. She is a senior student in the Foundation Program and has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 2003.