Spiritual Founder, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Venerable Geshe-la has devoted his entire life to the learning and then flourishing of Buddhist teachings throughout the world. After coming to the West in 1977, he worked very hard to establish a modern presentation of the Kadampa lineage of teachings. His presentation retains all the meanings and insights of Buddha’s original teachings, in a format that is accessible and suitable for modern-day practitioners. Through his great kindness everyone – regardless of nationality, culture, age or gender – now has the opportunity to practice scientifically proven methods for solving the problems of daily life that ultimately lead to true and lasting happiness.

A lifetime devoted to flourishing Modern Buddhism throughout the World

In 1991, Geshe-la founded the NKT-IKBU, which now has over 1400 Kadampa centers and branches around the world, in cities as far afield as New York City, USA, Queretaro, Mexico and Durban, South Africa. There are also a number of retreat centres that have been established the world, including in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and USA.
“For Buddhadharma to flourish throughout the world and the wishes of all living beings to be fulfilled depends totally on the development of qualified Dharma Centres. Only Dharma Centres provide Dharma teachings, study programmes, Dharma books and other necessary conditions. Without qualified Dharma Centres there is no possibility of pure Buddhadharma developing.”

Geshe-la has written 24 authoritative books and composed over 50 sadhanas, which have been translated into many different languages.

"My books are commentaries to Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings and his teachings are commentaries to Buddha's teachings. So these books are Buddha’s teachings. People may say that I am the author of Joyful Path of Good Fortune but in reality it is Je Tsongkhapa’s teaching. Dharmapala Dorje Shugden gave encouragement and energy to produce such a book, and helped to gather the necessary conditions and dispel obstacles, but the teachings themselves came from Je Tsongkhapa’s wisdom.”