Kelsang Gyatso

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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (Born 19 July 1931 {4th day of the 6th month of an Iron-Sheep year in the Tibetan calendar} – 17 September 2022) was a meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. He was the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union which has over 1,000 Centers and groups in over 40 countries around the world. He is also the author of 21 books which form the most comprehensive presentation of Buddhism available in any Western language.


  • Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.
  • We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds.
    • Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey (2001)
  • The solution to all the problems of daily life is to cherish others.
    • Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey (2001)
  • We should understand that our problems do not exist outside of ourself, but are part of our mind that experiences unpleasant feelings.
  • Our mind is like a field, and performing actions is like sowing seeds in that field.
    • Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom (2011)
  • Buddha's teachings are scientific methods to solve the problems of all living beings permanently.
    • Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom (2011)
  • Learning to cherish others is the best solution to our daily problems, and it is the source of all our future happiness and good fortune.
    • Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom (2011)
  • Happiness and suffering are states of mind and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind.
    • Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom (2011)
  • Today we can see many different forms of Buddhism, such as Zen and Theravada Buddhism. All these different aspects are practices of Buddha's teachings, and all are equally precious; they are just different presentations.
    • Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom (2011)
  • Enlightenment is the inner light of wisdom that is permanently free from all mistaken appearance, and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day.
    • Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom (2011)

Quotes about Geshe Kelsang Gyatso[edit]

  • This excellent commentary on the joyous Mahamudra
    Derived from churning the essence of the ocean of Tantric scriptures
    That arose from the heart of this most precious Spiritual Guide
    Is published with a pure wish to benefit migrators.
    • Yongdzin Ling Rinpoche, from the foreword of Clear Light of Bliss by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
  • The excellent expounder, the great Spiritual Master Kelsang Gyatso, who studied myriad Buddhist scriptures at the famous Je College of the great monastic university of Sera, Tegchen Ling, practised the meaning of the teachings he received, and became a wise, serious and realized Teacher. From the rain of profound and extensive Dharma that he has bestowed upon his fortunate disciples, he has recently given comprehensive instructions on the great Bodhisattvacharyavatara (Guide to The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life).
    • Venerable Trijang Rinpoche, from the foreword of Meaningful to Behold by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • You who are skilled in the wisdom that unties the sealed knots
    Of the profound meaning of the Sutras and Tantras of the Fourth
    Deliverer of this fortunate aeon,
    Who possess an abundance of good qualities like a thousand petalled lotus,
    O peerless, great Spiritual Guide, may you live for a very long time.

    The holy Dharma, a treasury of jewels that is difficult to find for many aeons,
    Is borne forth on the chariot of your excellent, superior intention;
    O Protector who destroy the samsaric miseries of vast numbers of disciples,
    Great Knowledge Hero arisen from an ocean (of wisdom), may you live for a very long time.

    • Venerable Trijang Rinpoche, Prayer for the Long Life of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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