Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder of the new Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union, was born and trained in Tibet. He engaged in deep meditation in Nepal and northern India for many years, and came to be regarded as a modern day Buddhist master. In 1977, following the advice of his own Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang, Geshe Kelsang accepted a request to become Resident Teacher at Manjushri Centre in Ulverston, our mother centre and his spiritual home, where he has since given thousands of teachings.

Geshe Kelsang has written 22 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation which present Buddha’s teachings in a way that everyone, regardless of nationality, age or gender, can put into practice in their daily lives.

He shows how we can solve the probelems we face in modern life through simple, scientific methods taught by Buddha, and begin to experience true inner peace.

He has founded more than a thousand meditation centres and groups in over forty countries, the first of which was Madhyamaka KMC, and established their three study programmes: the General Programme, Foundation Programme and Teacher Training Programme. He has trained hundreds of teachers, ordained many monks and nuns, and transmitted a complete lineage of teachings and insights, prayers, ritual practices, sacred art and music – all tailored to the needs of the modern world.

** New venue: The Priory Street Centre **

Happiness from Within
with Richard Hoyle & Chris Schofield
Sundays 10:30am-12noon
May 6, 13,  20
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15

  Classes are run on a drop-in basis so you're welcome to join at any time.
£6 per class, or 4 classes for £20

Everyone is welcome!


What to expect at a class

We provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. When you arrive, a volunteer will register you before the class and direct you to the meditation space. Normally before class some announcements will be made.

Our experienced teachers are male or female, lay or ordained (Buddhist monk or nun). They will begin with an introduction, and guide a breathing meditation to help settle your mind. They will then give a teaching based on the topic of the class, with clear and logical explanations using examples and analogies.

An important characteristic of Modern Buddhism is to present Dharma teachings as personal advice that can be integrated into daily life. The intention of the teachings and guided meditations is to help you develop peaceful, clear and positive states of mind. This will help you develop your own inner wisdom, so that you can solve your daily problems and enjoy a more meaningful life.

Depending on the class, there will be either another guided meditation or a discussion with the opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

All of our activities are run by volunteers, and we are a registered charity. The class and course fees help cover the costs of running the Centre. 


A nonprofit registered charity that relies on volunteers to offer meditation and Modern Buddhism as a public service.

In York:
Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory St, York, YO1 6ET
01759 304832

In Pocklington:
Kilnwick Percy Hall, Pocklington, York, YO42 1UF
01759 304832