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.
Kelsang Chogma is the Resident Teacher for Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Halifax. She has been practising and teaching meditation and modern Buddhism for over twenty years.
Chogma was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 2009 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and serves as a wonderful example of the ordained way of life in the modern world. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and practical experience, having been the Education Programme Coordinator (EPC) at six different Centres. Chogma is admired for her enthusiasm about Dharma practice, her beautiful faith in Venerable Geshe-la, and her joy when teaching and talking about Dharma.