OUR FOUNDER

VENERABLE GESHE KELSANG GYATSO RINPOCHE

Heart Jewel Centre was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, a world-renowned meditation master who has founded hundreds of centres around the world as part of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.

He is the Spiritual Guide to thousands of people worldwide.

In his heart, Venerable Geshe-la holds the very essence of Buddhas teachings, which he transmits to the people of the modern world in very practical ways through the accessible methods of modern Kadampa Buddhism that he has introduced into contemporary society through his many teachings and books.

OUR GENERAL SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

GEN-LA KELSANG DEKYONG

Gen-la Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, resident teacher at Manjushri KMC and close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

A Buddhist nun for over 30 years, Gen-la has devoted her life to helping others by promoting modern Buddhism. She teaches at major events throughout the world and is well loved by thousands of students for her ability to touch their hearts, by showing how Buddhas teachings are directly relevant to their daily lives and experiences.

OUR UK NKT SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

KADAM BRIDGET HEYES

Kadam Bridget Heyes is the NKT-IKBU National Spiritual Director for the UK. She is known for her powerful teachings, compassionate heart and deep understanding of Buddhas wisdom advice.

Her teachings are exceptionally clear and she presents profound ideas in a way that are easy to practise and integrate into daily life.

As a mother and grandmother, 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.

She is the Resident Teacher at Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre, in Northamptonshire.

OUR RESIDENT TEACHER

GEN KELSANG OSUNG

The resident teacher at Heart Jewel Centre is Gen Kelsang Osung, who has been ordained as a Buddhist nun for 18 years and studying Kadam Dharma for 29 years.

She was appointed by Venerable Geshe-la as Heart Jewel Centre’s first resident teacher in 2007, and returned to teach here in 2021.

Known for her joyful and positive manner, she inspires people to fill their own lives with joy and meaning.

Gen Osung teaches the regular classes, courses and retreats at Heart Jewel Centre, as well as the Chesterfield classes.

OUR BRANCH CLASS TEACHERS

The Belper class is taught by Sarah Filmer. She is a very experienced practitioner and teaches with warmth and gentleness.

David King teaches the Alfreton class. He teaches diligently and thoughtfully, encouraging open-minded questioning.