Our Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

 

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of NKT-IKBU, is a truly remarkable person. 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.

After concluding his studies and being awarded the title ‘Geshe’, which means ‘virtuous spiritual friend’, he entered a life of meditation, engaging in deep retreat at first near the Nepali border and later in the mountains of northern India, where he soon developed a reputation as a great meditator.

 

After almost twenty years in retreat, in 1977 at the behest of his own Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, Geshe Kelsang graciously accepted an invitation from Manjushri Centre to travel to the West and become the Resident Teacher at what was then a fledgling Buddhist centre that had recently acquired Conishead Priory as its base.

Since that time Manjushri Centre has been Geshe Kelsang’s spiritual home, where he has given thousands of teachings. Many of these teachings have been published in 23 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation, including his latest title, The Mirror of Dharma.

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.

He understands the problems faced by modern people and shows how we can solve them through simple scientific methods taught by Buddha. But though his teachings are extraordinarily clear and easy to understand they contain the entire profound lineage of ancient wisdom he holds. Geshe-la’s oft-repeated phrase, ‘simple, but very profound’ perfectly encapsulates his uncommon presentation of modern Buddhism.

While at Manjushri Centre Geshe Kelsang designed and oversaw the construction of the first Kadampa Temple for World Peace, and inaugurated the International Temples Project with the intention to establish Buddhist institutions such as Temples throughout the world.

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

 

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 at the age of eighty six 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.

Kadampa Meditation Center Madison

Year at a Glance

 

January

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays January 2-30 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays January 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays January 6-27 10:00-11:30 AM

Center Cherishing Day  |  Sunday, January 20 12 PM-2 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, January 26 10:00-10:45 AM

 

February

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays February 1-27 12:00-12:30 PM 

Just Meditate | Saturday, February 2 10:00-10:45 AM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays February 3-24 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Wednesday Drop-in Class at Lussier Community Education Center: Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

Real Inner Protection: A Weekend on Love with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab | February 8-10

Friday Night Lecture: Letting Go of the Past with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab | Friday, February 8 7:00-8:30 PM

Saturday Day Course: Moving Our Mind to Love with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab | Saturday, February 9, 10 AM-4:00 PM

Special Sunday Morning Class: Love in Daily Life with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab | Sunday, February 10 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays February 14 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Meditation 101: Learn to Meditate in Half a Day | Saturday, February 23 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

 

March

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays March 1-29 12:00-12:30 PM 

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays March 3-31 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays March 3-31 10:00-11:30 AM

New! Wednesday Drop-in Class at Lussier Community Education Center: Learning to Be Happy | Wednesdays Feb 6-March 6,  6:30-8:00 PM at the Lussier Community Education Center

New! Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays March 7 - 28 7:00-8:30 PM

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully Retreat | Saturday, March 9, 9 AM-4:00 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, March 16 10:00-10:45 AM

Friday Night Lecture: Sunshine State of Mind | Friday, March 22 7:00-8:30 PM

 

April

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays April 3-30 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class April 5)

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays April 4-18 7:00-8:30 PM

A Life of Great Meaning: Changing Our Heart, Life, and World with Kadam Lucy James | April 5-7 

Friday Night Lecture: Changing Our Heart with Kadam Lucy James | Friday, April 5  7:00-8:30 PM 

Saturday Retreat: Changing Our Life with Kadam Lucy James | Saturday, April 6 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Special Sunday Morning Class: Changing Our World with Kadam Lucy James | Sunday, April 7 10:00-11:30 AM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays April 14-28 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays April 14-28 10:00-11:30 AM

Compassion Fasting Retreat | Saturday, April 13 6:30 AM- 4 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, April 20 10:00-10:45 AM

US Festival at KMC New York | Friday April 26-Wednesday May 1 2019  

 

May

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays May 1-31 12:00-12:30 PM (No Class May 17)

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays May 2-30 7:00-8:30 PM (No Class May 16)

Free Sunday Morning Class and Spring Open House | Sunday, May 5 10 AM

Choose Happiness Free Meditation and Talk at Verona Public Library | Wednesday, May 8 7-8 PM

Just Meditate | Saturday, May 11 10:00-10:45 AM

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays May 12-26 10:00-11:30 AM

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and Commentary to the Liberating Prayer with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Introduction, Friday May 17  7:00-8:30 PM

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Shakyamuni and Commentary to the Liberating Prayer with Gen Kelsang Gomlam | Empowerment Saturday May 18  9 AM-5 PM

International Spring Festival at Manjushri KMC | May 24-29

Friday Night Lecture: Silencing Our Inner Critic | Friday, May 31 7-8:30 PM

 

June

Sunday Morning Series: How to Solve Our Human Problems | Sundays June 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Meditation for Kids | Sundays June 2-30 10:00-11:30 AM

Noontime Meditation | Wednesdays and Fridays June 5-28 12:00-12:30 PM

Thursday Night Drop-in Series: How to Transform Your Life | Thursdays June 6-20

Giving Power to Our Meditation: A Buddhist Perspective | Saturday, June 8 10 AM-4 PM

 

Starting in 2019

Classes in Milwaukee | March 2019 - Sign up for details and updates!

Fall International Festival at International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, USA  | September 27-October 3 (Registration opens December 15, 2018)

 

 

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