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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet in 1931 and ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of eight. He studied under many respected teachers, especially Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.

After leaving Tibet in 1959, he spent the next eighteen years mainly emphasizing retreat in various locations in the Himalayan region of northern India.

In 1976 he accepted an invitation by the Christian monk, philosopher and writer Thomas Merton, to live and teach in a center being planned in Canada. These plans were cut short due to Merton’s sudden death and so the center did not evolve.

In 1977 Geshe Kelsang accepted a teaching position at Manjushri Institute (now Manjushri Buddhist Center) at the request of his teacher Kyabje Trijang, where he has continued to teach and write extensively on a wide variety of Buddhist practices.

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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso 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 Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title 'Geshe', which literally means 'spiritual friend'. Under the guidance of Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas.

In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach in England. He took up residence at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, where he lived for many years giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of disciples.

Geshe-la has continued to give immaculate teachings on Kadampa Buddhism in Europe and North America, and published a series of remarkable books on Buddhist thought and meditation.

He has established three unique study programs and over 800 centers around the world, trained qualified teachers and a flourishing ordained community, and created a project to build Buddhist temples in every major city in the world.

In his teachings Geshe Kelsang emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others and he demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.

This remarkable teacher inspires so many people from so many different countries because he teaches from example.

He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.

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