Kadampa Buddhist Teachers
Understanding the benefit of Buddha’s teachings led Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso to express a wish that Buddhism be available to be practiced by anyone, in any culture, in any country so that the teachings were accessible to them.
To make this wish a reality he has put great effort into training hundreds of qualified Teachers around the world who in turn make Buddha’s teachings available to people in their countries, presented in their own language, according to their own culture.
Every Kadampa Buddhist Center has a Resident Teacher who has either completed, or is studying on the Teacher Training Program. The Centers are supported by a National Spiritual Director, Deputy Spiritual Director, and General Spiritual Director. These Teachers, who are democratically elected, are pure practitioners who have much to share about the Buddhist way of life.
With this network of support and a special study program that entails the study of twelve traditional subjects based on explanation provided in Geshe Kelsang’s books, various meditation retreats, and a commitment to follow the Buddhist way of life sincerely and purely the Teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition are qualified to lead students into spiritual paths.
The Teachers in the NKT hold the lineage blessings of Kadampa Buddhism, consequently they are able and qualified to teach all of Geshe Kelsang’s books. They are also available to give personal meditation advice.
To have such experienced and supportive teachers who can give encouragement and advice in our own language is a completely new development in Western countries. Through the actions of Geshe Kelsang Kadampa Buddhism has now become a truly global religion. It is one of Geshe Kelsang’s most precious gifts.