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Our Founder

Geshe-laOdiyana Buddhist Centre is part of the New Kadampa Tradition- International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) and was founded by the renowned meditation teacher Geshe-Kelsang Gyatso. Venerable Geshe-la was invited to the west to teach in 1977 and has since established over 1000 centres and groups throughout the world. Each centre, including Odiyana Centre, followers the three Kadampa Buddhist study programmes that were designed by Geshe Kelsang. He is a humble Buddhist monk who has dedicated his whole life to helping people throughout the world to find true inner peace and happiness though meditation and Buddhism.



Our Resident Teacher

z chokyong 3A disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Gen Chökyong is a Buddhist monk who has been studying, practising and teaching meditation for many years. He was ordained in April 2000 and trained at Tara Buddhist Centre, near Derby, one of the foremost Buddhist colleges in Europe.

When teaching, Gen Chökyong demonstrates a comprehensive wealth of knowledge, which he shares in a humorous and compassionate way.