Amoghasiddhi Buddhist Centre and World Peace Cafe - Meditation and Buddhism in Norfolk and Suffolk

Our Teachers

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition

Geshe Kelasang Gyatso

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, or Geshe-la as he is affectionately called by his students, is an internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism and an accomplished meditation master.

From a very early age Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet, he was ordained a monk at the age of 8 and studied under a number of highly qualified teachers, including his Spiritual Guide Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, earning the title ‘Geshe’ which literally means ‘spiritual friend’.

In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England, where he has lived and taught ever since, giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of students. In 1982 he became a naturalised British citizen.

Geshe-la has published a series of remarkable books on Buddhism and meditation, from basic introductory books to advanced philosophical texts and meditation manuals, which make the teachings of Buddha far more accessible and easy to follow, especially for us in the western world.

As well as writing his books and giving extensive teachings on major Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, Geshe-la has established three unique study programs and over 1100 centres and groups around the world. He has also created a project to build Buddhist Temples in every major city in the world.

Geshe-la is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts. He teaches the importance of meditation and how to apply it to improve our daily life, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others. He also demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.

Gen-la Dekyong - General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition

Gen-la Dekyong

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cumbria.

Gen-la has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of her Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humour and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. She is a perfect example of a Kadampa Teacher.

Each year, Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.

Kadam Bridget Hayes – National Spiritual Director of the UK

Kadam Bridget Hayes

Kadam Bridget Heyes is a senior disciple of Geshe Kelsang who has been practicing for over 20 years. In 1994, she helped to found Nagarjuna Centre in Northamptonshire and has been the Resident Teacher there ever since. In 2009, Kadam Bridget was also elected as the National Spiritual Director of the UK.

Kadam Bridget is known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart, and her deep understanding of Buddha’s wisdom advice. Her teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way that are easy to practice and integrate into daily life. As a mother of two, she has a special insight into how to bring Buddhism alive to meet the demands of a busy modern life. Kadam Bridget shows an inspiring example for everyone on the spiritual path.

As well as regular courses at Nagarjuna Centre, Kadam Bridget also teaches at various National Dharma Celebrations throughout the year.

Kelsang Yankyi – Resident Teacher at Amoghasiddhi Buddhist Centre

Kelsang Yankyi

Kelsang Yankyi is a Buddhist nun who has been studying and practising Kadampa Buddhism and meditation under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years.

Yankyi presents Buddha's teachings with warmth and compassion and has a great ability to make them relevant to everyday situations we encounter.

As well as teaching the Foundation Programme Kelsang Yankyi also teaches some of our drop-in meditation classes at Attleborough, Dereham and Norwich.

Local Meditation Class Teachers - Amoghasiddhi Buddhist Centre

Dan Beenham - Meditation Class Teacher
Dan Beenham

The other teachers at Amoghasiddhi Buddhist centre are all senior students from our Foundation Programme. They combine their studies with work, practice and teaching and are therefore able to bring a wealth of invaluable practical knowledge and experience to their class members.

They currently teach classes at Attleborough, Aylsham and Bury St. Edmunds as well as some of the day courses that the centre runs.