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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

KMC Sheffield was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

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.

Geshe Kelsang is a great believer in the universal applicability of Buddha’s teachings and presents them in such a way that everyone, regardless of nationality, age or gender, can put them into practice in their daily lives and begin to experience true inner peace.

Over the years, Geshe Kelsang has founded more than a thousand meditation centres and groups in over forty countries, and has established three study programmes – the General Programme, the Foundation Programme, and the Teacher Training Programme – to be taught continuously at these centres.

He has trained hundreds of teachers and ordained scores of monks and nuns, and transmitted a complete lineage not only of teachings and insights but also of prayers, ritual practices, sacred art and music, all tailored to the needs of the modern world.

Though he has now formally retired as Spiritual Director, even though in his eighties 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.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner mental peace.
She has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for thirty years, during which time she has inspired thousands of people around the world through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, taking his teachings to heart and putting them into practice in every aspect of her life.
Gen-la Dekyong is a highly experienced Buddhist Teacher who has taught at many different centres internationally.


Kelsang Lekchog , the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Sheffield, Is a qualified Modern Kadampa Teacher who has studied and taught for many years.
Lekchog has received many teachings from Ven. Geshe Kelsang and has recently been a student of the Special Teacher Training programme.
Her warmth and kindness show in her teachings, and she is able to explain clearly Buddha’s profound teachings in a way suitable for everyone.
She is a example of a Modern Kadampa Practitioner who is putting Buddha’s instructions into practice and sharing them with others.
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