The Founder

Founder of NKT Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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.
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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 1200 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.

General Spiritual Director

Gen La Dekyong ASSETyk6obuzunrvi6f_1280x800Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of 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 peace.

She has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for thirty years. While teaching internationally, she has inspired many thousands of people through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, her tireless dedication, and her clear and accessible teachings.

In all her varied activities as General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Dekyong is dedicating her life to helping Kadam Dharma flourish throughout the world.

Resident Teacher of KMC Singapore

Gen DrolkyiGen Kelsang Drolkyi is a senior NKT Teacher who has studied extensively on the Teacher Training Programme and is qualified to teach both Sutra and Tantra. She has been the Resident Teacher at Madhyamaka KMC in the UK and taught internationally for many years. Ven Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche requested her to come to Singapore to give teachings. We are are extremely fortunate to be able to receive teachings from this precious teacher Gen Drolkyi who has been ordained for nearly 22 years.

Modern Kadampa Teachers

When in 1977Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso accepted an invitation to come to the West and teach, a new era dawned for Kadampa Buddhism in this world.

With the blessings of his Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Geshe Kelsang took the essential meaning of Kadam Dharma and presented it in a way that could be easily understood and practiced by people not just in the West, but throughout the world.

This precious Dharma taught at first by Buddha, introduced into Tibet by the great Indian Teacher Atisha, and promoted by the great Tibetan Master, Je Tsongkhapa was now available to people of all countries.

Through the actions of Geshe Kelsang Kadampa Buddhism has now become a truly global religion.

Geshe Kelsang has established an extensive Teacher Training Programme through which he has trained hundreds of qualified Meditation Teachers in many countries around the world.

He has also founded an international organization to create a global infrastructure to support the growth and development of Kadampa Buddhism in future generations.