Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, or Geshe-la as he is affectionately called by his students, is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union. Since coming to the West in 1977 he has established over 1000 centres and groups world wide and has written 21 highly acclaimed books which transmit the complete Buddhist path in a way that is entirely accessible and applicable to modern life. In all his activities he shows a perfect example of compassion and wisdom combined with simplicity and humility.

spiritual director


Gen-la Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and the Principal Resident Teacher at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cumbria. She is a highly experienced modern Buddhist Teacher who has taught at many centres internationally.

Genla Dekyong

resident teacher at pure land centre


Gen Kelsang Chönyi has been ordained since 2002 and is Geshe Kelsang’s representative in Exeter. She has a deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings which she explains with lightness and gentle humour.

Kelsang Chonyi
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

“the mind has the power to create all pleasant and unpleasant objects. The world is the result of the karma, or actions, of the beings who inhabit it. A pure world is the result of pure actions and an impure world is the result of impure actions. Since all actions are created by mind, ultimately everything, including the world itself, is created by mind.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso


Modern Buddhism