Our Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

 
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s life is an inspiring story, and his accomplishments to benefit this world are remarkable.

Born in a remote village high on the Tibetan plateau, he ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of eight and spent the next twenty years studying the teachings of Buddha in the great Tibetan monasteries.

After concluding his studies and being awarded the title ‘Geshe’, which means ‘virtuous spiritual friend’, he engaged in deep retreat – at first near the Nepali border, and later in the mountains of northern India, where he become renown as a great meditator.

In 1977, after almost twenty years in retreat, at the request of his Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, Geshe Kelsang accepted an invitation from Manjushri Buddhist Centre to travel to England and become the Resident Teacher at Conishead Priory.

Since then, Manjushri Centre (now Manjsuhri Kadampa Buddhist Center, or Manjushri KMC) has been Geshe Kelsang’s spiritual home, where he has given thousands of teachings to his international students. Many of these teachings have been published by Tharpa Publications in 22 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation, including his latest title, Modern Buddhism.

Geshe Kelsang knows the problems faced by modern people very well, and explains with uncommon clarity how these can be solved through the timeless scientific methods taught by Buddha. Geshe-la’s oft-repeated phrase, ‘simple, but very profound’ perfectly encapsulates his special presentation of modern Buddhism.

So that Kadam Dharma can flourish in the hearts of his students and throughout the world, founded the International Kadampa Buddhist Union (IKBU) in 1991. The main activities of the IKBU are provided through three unique study programs – General Program, Foundation Program, and Teacher Training Program – that reveal the entire Buddhist path of compassion and wisdom, leading to enlightenment

Over 30 years Geshe Kelsang has transmitted a complete lineage not only of pure teachings and insights, but also of prayers, ritual practices, sacred art and music, all appropriate to the needs of the people modern world and delivered in the language specific to each country. He has also established a vibrant ordained community and trained hundreds of qualified lay and ordained Kadampa teachers.

Geshe Kelsang’s kindness also appears outwardly as more than 1100 meditation centers and groups in over 40 countries, including three extraordinary Kadampa Buddhist World Peace Temples located at Manjushri KMC, at KMC New York, and KMC Brasil, and a number of City Temples under construction.

Additionally he has established Kadampa Hotels and World Peace Cafes as contemporary avenues for people to make comfortable, convenient contact with Kadampa teachings, and he has founded the International Temples Project with the intention to establish Temples in various forms throughout the world.

Although Geshe Kelsang has now formally retired as Spiritual Director, even at the age of 80 he continues to work tirelessly to spread the precious teachings of Kadampa Buddhism everywhere.

What's Coming Up...

Oct
22
Mon
6:30 pm Mindful Mondays
Mindful Mondays
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mindful MondaysLeave your worries at the door on as you join our after-work meditation sessions. Learn to find and cultivate stillness within your mind with guided meditation sessions.When and Where?When: Every Monday | 6:30 – 7:00 pmSometimes we need to cancel a class due to weather or other special circumstance. Please be sure to double-check individual classes on our Events ...
7:30 pm Introduction to Buddhist Psychology
Introduction to Buddhist Psychology
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
This class offers the perfect way to start your week off right! We will start with an easy meditation that allows you to de-stress, followed by a short teaching, time for discussion and a final meditation that brings it all together. Buddha is renowned for his supreme understanding of how the mind functions to produce happiness or suffering. His teachings ...
Oct
23
Tue
6:30 pm De-Stress & Decompress Meditation
De-Stress & Decompress Meditation
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Leave your worries at the door on as you join our after-work meditation sessions. Learn to find and cultivate stillness within your mind with guided meditation sessions.Sometimes we need to cancel a class due to weather or other special circumstance. Please be sure to double-check individual classes on our Events Calendar. Class Fees $8.00 per classKMC Georgia Members: Free. Not a member? ...
Oct
24
Wed
12:00 pm Lunchtime Meditations
Lunchtime Meditations
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcomed and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and learn to cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a ...
6:00 pm Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Florence AL – Introduction to Me...
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
With Kadampa Meditation Teacher Bonita McCay. Learn or refine your meditation skills with this highly qualified meditation guide! All are welcome. Just drop in…no advance registration needed. Please call (256) 412–5734 if you need any additional information. Class Fees: ° General & Foundation Program Members: Free ° Benefactors: Free ° Non-Members: $7 per class Please see our Membership page at ...
6:30 pm Transform your Life through Medi...
Transform your Life through Medi...
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcome and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a class due ...
Oct
25
Thu
7:00 pm Huntsville Meditation Class
Huntsville Meditation Class
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
With Kadampa Meditation Teacher Yingji Wang. These ongoing drop-in classes are designed so that you can join us at any point in the series and not feel left out. Each class contains a brief meditation, a short teaching and discussion. Each series lasts for a few weeks, before switching topics. Everyone welcome!Find more information online.Class fee° General & Foundation Program Members: Free° Benefactors: ...
7:30 pm Going Deeper: Timeless Buddhist ...
Going Deeper: Timeless Buddhist ...
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
This class is perfect for those looking to explore the deeper concepts of the Buddha’s teachings, such as karma, past and future lives, permanent liberation from the cycle of impure life, and transforming daily adversities into the spiritual path. Bring great meaning and purpose to your daily life by learning how to integrate the Buddha’s timeless wisdom into our busy, ...
Oct
26
Fri
12:00 pm Lunchtime Meditations
Lunchtime Meditations
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Walking into the Kadampa Meditation Center with it’s eight-foot Buddha statues and serene environment, you’ll instantly feel welcomed and at peace. But how can we take that peace with us? Let our teachers lead you through guided meditations that help you relax, overcome your anxieties, and learn to cherish others with your naturally-abiding good heart.Sometimes we need to cancel a ...
6:30 pm Meditation and Dinner Social
Meditation and Dinner Social
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Looking to meet like-minded people and have fun? Join our community night where we relax, meet new people, and engage in honest conversations about how to live our lives meaningfully. the meditation is from 6:30-7:15pm. After our meditation, we will enjoy dinner out as a group at a local restaurant.Hosted by American Buddhist monk and KMC GA resident teacher, Gen ...