Manjushri Centre

Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England is the Mother Centre of modern Kadampa Buddhism.

Situated in the English Lake District, it provides an extraordinarily peaceful and inspiring environment in which people can learn about Buddhism and meditation.

The Centre is the spiritual home of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Geshe Kelsang first taught at Manjushri Centre when he arrived in the West in 1977. Geshe-la has taught and lived here for twenty six years.

The Resident Teacher is Gen-la Samden Gyatso, Geshe-la’s most senior disciple and Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT.

Under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang, the first Kadampa Temple for World Peace was built at Manjushri Centre in 1995. A place of extraordinary beauty and spiritual inspiration, Geshe Kelsang has said that ‘just looking at the Temple with a happy mind brings inner peace.’

The Temple also provides a peaceful and blessed environment for the international Buddhist Festivals, which are held here every year. During the Spring and Summer Festivals thousands of Geshe Kelsang’s students from all over the world gather to receive teachings and empowerments directly from him.

With a community of one hundred resident students, including many Buddhist monks and Buddhist nuns as well as lay practitioners, Manjushri Centre is the largest Kadampa residential & retreat centre in the world.

There is a wide range of activities at the Centre. It is the base of Tharpa Publications , which publishes and distributes Geshe Kelsang’s books. There is also a Buddhist art and statue workshop in which the first large NKT buddha statues are currently being made for the American Kadampa Temple state and other future Temples.

Manjushri Centre also hosts the International Teacher Training Programme every year, which is attended by over a hundred Kadampa Teachers from all over the world.

To find out more about the center, including details of courses and how to visit, go to their website at:

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