Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is the Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, a modern presentation of Buddhism that has an unbroken lineage all the way back to Buddha himself.
Through almost twenty years of study and practice in the great Tibetan monasteries followed by another twenty years of meditation retreat in the Himalayas, Geshe Kelsang earned a reputation as a great contemporary practitioner and Teacher of Buddhism.
For the last thirty-four years he has shared this knowledge and experience with the people of the modern world, giving thousands of teachings, composing twenty-one highly acclaimed books, establishing hundreds of centers around the world and inaugurating the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit.
The ITP fosters the international development of a wide range of contemporary Buddhist institutions, which presently include Temples for World Peace, Kadampa Meditation Centers (KMCs), International Retreat Centers (IRCs), Kadampa Buddhist Centers (KBCs), Hotel Kadampas, World Peace Cafes, the International Schools Project and Tharpa Publications. All these institutions provide public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.