Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished Buddhist meditation master, renowned teacher, and author. ‘Geshe-la,’ as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in the modern era. From the age of eight Geshe-la studied extensively in the monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title ‘Geshe’, which literally means ‘spiritual friend’. Under the guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas. In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach in England. Seeing that there was much interest in Kadam dharma, and having received many requests to continue to teach, he agreed to remain in England. He has written many remarkable books that explain both basic Buddhism and the most advanced practices that lead to enlightenment. Geshe-la strongly emphasizes the importance of transforming our daily worldly activities into the spiritual path.
Geshe-la has established three unique study programs and over 1100 centers and groups around the world. He has also trained hundreds of qualified teachers, including a flourishing ordained community, and created the International Temples Project [ITP] whose mandate is to build Buddhist Temples in every major city in the world.
In August of 2009, Geshe-la retired as General Spiritual Director and no longer gives regular teachings. This duty is now fulfilled by the current General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Dekyong and the Deputy Spiritual Director, Gen-la Jampa. Jointly, they lead the International Kadampa Festivals, where thousands of people from all over the world come to listen to the healing and inspiring teachings of Buddhadharma. The Canadian National Spiritual Director, Gen-la Khyenrab teaches at Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada, in Toronto. He a senior disciple of Geshe-la and we are most fortunate to receive his guidance and experience.
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Principal Kadampa Teachers
Gen-la is the General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC. Gen-la has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. As one of Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humour and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. Each year, Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.
Gen-la Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Texas. He has studied under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and taught internationally for many years. He is greatly admired for his warm personality and clear, inspiring teachings.
Khyenrab is a retired General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and National Spiritual Director of Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. He is the Resident Teacher at KMC Canada. Gen-la Khyenrab is deeply respected throughout the Kadampa world as a sincere practitioner and powerful teacher.
Samudra Kadampa Buddhist Centre Teachers
Gen Kelsang Rabgye
Rabgye teaches the Foundation Program (FP), the Tuesdays and Wednesday General Program (GP) classes in Hamilton, as well as the GP classes in Oakville. He is the Resident Teacher of Samudra Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Hamilton. He began study of Kadampa Buddhism in 1996 and was ordained by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 2001.
Linda is along time student of Foundation Program and teaches in Dundas. She has been teaching for many years and her study has enabled her to share her understanding of Buddhism with a special warmth of clarity, joy, and wisdom.
Nishaan teaches Monday evening GP classes at the Centre. He is a long time dharma practitioner and continuously studies Buddhist meditation and philosophy in the Foundation Program. He is known for the clarity and depth of his teachings and their practical application in daily life.
Samudra Centre Managers
Gyalchog is the Administrative Director of Samudra Centre. She kindly volunteers to maintain and oversee all of the financial responsibilities of the Centre. Without her efforts the Centre would be unable to function. Gyalchog is a long time dharma practitioner and known for her loving kindness and good heart.
Earl is the Education Program Coordinator for Samudra Centre. He graciously volunteers to help maintain the teaching and ritual aspects of the Centre, as well as managing the bookstore and many other duties. Earl has studied dharma for many years and is known for his great kindness and selflessness.