Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche founded the New Kadampa Tradition in England in 1991. Since coming to the West in 1977, he has transmitted all the essential teachings and practices of modern Kadampa Buddhism and provided training and support for hundreds of modern teachers to carry this living lineage into future generations.
Although he has now formally retired as Spiritual Director, he continues to work tirelessly to spread the precious teachings of Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world with the intention that each and every living being will eventually experience the supreme, permanent mental peace of enlightenment.
Venerable Geshe-la was the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition from the time of its inception until he retired in 2009. Now Geshe-la works in the background, continuing to help flourish Buddha’s teachings throughout the world. In terms of the day-to-day running of the organization, this is now managed by our General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and our Deputy Spiritual Director, Gen-la Kelsang Jampa with the assistance of National Spiritual Directors across the world.
General Spiritual Director
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and Principal Resident Teacher at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner peace.
She has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for over 30 years. While teaching internationally, she has inspired many thousands of people through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, her tireless dedication and her clear and accessible teachings.
In all of her varied activities as General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Dekyong is dedicating her life to helping Kadam Dharma flourish throughout the world.
Deputy Spiritual Director
Gen-la Jampa is an internationally-renowned, ordained Buddhist teacher and the Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU).
As a senior NKT teacher, Gen-la Jampa has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years, and under Geshe-la’s guidance has taught at many centers and events around the world.
Gen-la is well-loved for his clear and inspiring teachings and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness.