A Visionary For World Peace
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Geshe-la, as he is affectionately known by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time. In his teachings, he emphasizes the importance of meditation and explains how to apply it in daily life, be truly happy, and cultivate a good heart. He demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in a remote town high on the Tibetan plateau and was ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of eight. After his ordination, Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title ‘Geshe’, which literally means ‘spiritual friend’.
He then spent the next twenty years in meditation retreats, first near the border to Nepal and then later in the mountains of northern India. Soon he was regarded as a highly advanced meditator and many considered him a contemporary Mahasiddha.
In 1977, at the request of his own Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, Geshe-la accepted an invitation to teach at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England. From that time on, he spent many years giving thousands of teachings and Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre became his spiritual home.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has published a remarkable series of books on Buddhism and meditation. His books encompass the entire scope of the Buddhist path, from introductory concepts to advanced philosophical texts and meditation handbooks.
He has also designed three unique study programmes, trained hundreds of qualified teachers, and established over 1200 Kadampa centres and study groups around the world in which the spiritual communities are flourishing. In addition, he has created an International Temples Project to build Buddhist temples, centres, world peace cafés devoted to world peace in every major city in the world.