The Founder

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.

General Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, Resident Teacher and Special Teacher Training Programme Teacher at Manjushri KMC, Cumbria. Gen-la Dekyong has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over thirty-five years, sincerely training under his guidance in all aspects of Kadam Dharma. Gen-la is recognized as a fully qualified Dharma Teacher of bothe Sutra and Tantra.

Resident Teacher

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.



Other Teachers in Ganden Centre

Martin Luff

Martin has been involved with Kadampa Buddhism for many years and was Resident Teacher in
Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a student on our Teacher Training Programme and is able to share
his own personal experience of putting the teachings into practice.

Martin Allingham

Martin is one of Ganden Centre’s most experienced students, having been practising Kadampa Buddhism for over twenty years. A student on our Teacher Training Programme, Martin brings a wealth of experience and explains the teachings and meditations in a light, accessible way.

Kate Faulkner

Kate has taught Kadampa Buddhism for over 10 years in New Zealand, giving examples of how to put the teachings into practice in daily life. She is a student on our Teacher Training  Programme and encourages others with her friendly approach.