Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche


The founder of the New Kadampa Tradition is Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.

He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and the founder of over 900 Kadampa Meditation Centres and Groups throughout the world.

Geshe Kelsang presents Buddha’s teachings clearly and practically, empowering us to take them to heart and use them to improve the quality of our daily life.

He is a perfectly qualified spiritual Teacher who can show us directly from his own experience how to begin, make progress on, and complete the spiritual path.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

The General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU is Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, a Buddhist nun and senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Gen-la Dekyong has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. She is loved for her powerful teachings and pure reliance on Venerable Geshe-la.

Her responsibilities include giving Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments, granting precepts, and instructing Kadampa Teachers from around the world on the International Teacher Training Programme. Gen-la Dekyong is the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC in Ulverston, Cumbria.

Kadam Mike Garside

As of 1st January 2022 our Resident Teacher is Kadam Mike Garside.

Kadam Mike has decades of experience within the New Kadampa Tradition and is well respected for his calming manner and clear explanations of the teachings. He has engaged in long retreat with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and has contributed to the editing of many of Geshe-la’s books.