Our Founder

Our Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Spiritual Guide & Founder of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada

The Founder of Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada, a major Centre for meditation and modern Buddhism, is Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. A world-renowned meditation master, he is author of 23 highly acclaimed books and founder of over 1200 Centres worldwide.

Venerable Geshe-la has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society and his teachings perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. Because of this we are extremely fortunate to be guided by this unique and humble Buddhist monk, yogi and scholar.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation Master and internationally renowned Teacher of Buddhism.

Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time. From the age of eight he studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title ‘Geshe’, which literally means ‘spiritual friend’. Under the guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas.

In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England where he lived and taught for many years. Having formally retired as Spiritual Director, he continues to work tirelessly to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world. He has published a series of unique books on Buddhism and meditation, established over 1200 Centres and groups around the world and trained hundreds of qualified Teachers.

Venerable Geshe-la is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.

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