GEN TOGDEN is a Buddhist monk and an international teacher of Modern Buddhism who is a close disciple of our Founder, the great meditation master and author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Gen Togden has been practising meditation and Buddhism for nearly 25 years and has given Dharma teachings in five continents of the world. He has also helped establish and improve Dharma Centres in Canada, the USA, South America and Portugal. Gen Togden is greatly admired for his good example and known for his joy, clarity, warmth and inspirational teachings that easily touch our hearts.
Martin has been a Buddhist since 1996 and lives with his wife and son in Hipperholme near Halifax. Martin teaches our Wednesday lunchtime class.
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
The Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU is Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, a Buddhist nun and senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Gen-la Dekyong has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Her responsibilities include giving Highest Yoga Tantra empowerments, granting precepts, and instructing Kadampa Teachers from around the world on the International Teacher Training Program.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Author of Books on Buddhism & Meditation
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.
He is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and the founder of over 900 Kadampa Meditation Centers and Groups throughout the world.
Geshe Kelsang presents Buddha’s teachings clearly and practically, empowering us to take them to heart and use them to improve the quality of our daily life.
He is a perfectly qualified spiritual Teacher who can show us directly from his own experience how to begin, make progress on, and complete the spiritual path.
Geshe Kelsang first introduced Kadampa Buddhism to the West in 1977. Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist School, following the teachings of
Buddha Shakyamuni as presented by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (982-1054).
The external forms of presenting Buddhism may change as it meets with different cultures and societies, but its essential authenticity is ensured through the continuation of an unbroken lineage of realized practitioners.
The Kadampa Buddhism of the NKT-IKBU (New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union) is an entirely independent Buddhist tradition and has no political affiliations.