Main Teachers

Founder: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. He is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition.

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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 his Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas.

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.

Resident Teacher: Gen Kelsang Sherab

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Gen Sherab has been our dedicated and inspiring Resident Teacher since 2004

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Gen Kelsang Sherab teaches with clarity and wisdom from deep experience of meditation. He shows us how to keep a happy heart in whatever we do.

Gen Kelsang Sherab has been a student of his Spiritual Guide, the Meditation Master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, since 1998 and he was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 2004. He teaches a number of classes at Compassion Buddhist Centre and the surrounding area and is deeply appreciated by our community.

As the Resident Teacher in Newcastle, Gen Kelsang Sherab has been instrumental in the development of Compassion Centre. He devotes his time to teaching dharma and developing opportunities for this in the North East.

Branch Teachers


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Learn how to meditate with Margaret who teaches with clarity and her experience of practicing Buddhism.


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Katy teaches Buddhist meditation with clarity and kindness.


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Sally brings her Yorkshire warmth into a meditation class.