Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
June 4, 1931 – September 17, 2022
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is and was 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 emphasized the importance of transforming our daily worldly activities into the spiritual path.
Geshe-la established three unique study programs and over 1100 centers and groups around the world. He 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. This duty is now fulfilled by the current General Spiritual Director, Gen-la Dekyong and the Deputy Spiritual Director, Gen-la Jampa. 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.
On September 17, 2022 Venerable Geshe-la showed the manner of passing away. Though his physical appearance in the world has ceased, his precious legacy will continue through his outstanding dharma books and his devoted disciples.
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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 Grand Canyon Arizona. 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.
Gen-la Khyenrab is a retired General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and National Spiritual Director of Canada. He is the Resident Teacher at Tara International Retreat Centre in the UK. 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
Gen Kelsang Rabgye is the Resident Teacher of Samudra Kadampa Buddhist Centre. He began study of Kadampa Buddhism in the early spring of 1996, in Toronto, and began teaching in Hamilton in January of 1998. He was ordained by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in 2001. In 2003 Samudra Kadampa Buddhist Centre was formed and became an independent Centre. At the same time Gen Rabgye moved to Hamilton and was appointed Resident Teacher. He teaches both General Program and Foundation Program classes.
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.