Our Founder


Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The Founder of Kuluta Buddhist Centre is Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Venerable Geshe-la - as his students affectionately call him - has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. His teachings perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. Venerable Geshe-la is a fully-accomplished meditation Master and internationally-renowned Teacher of Buddhism.

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 Teacher, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, he then spent the next 18 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 24 books on Buddhism and meditation, established over 1,300 Centres and groups in 45 countries around the world and trained hundreds of qualified Teachers.


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

Enjoy this short clip of Venerable Geshe-la teaching

Venerable Geshe-la has written 24 books on Buddhism and meditation and has composed over 50 sadhanas (prayer booklets) that have been translated into many different languages.