General Spiritual Director


Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and acting National Spiritual Director of Canada, is a modern Buddhist nun dedicated to helping people from all walks of life attain lasting happiness through developing inner mental peace.

Residing most of the year in the UK, at the mother centre for the New Kadampa Tradition, Manjushri KMC, she visits Canada annually, teaching at National and Regional events, and giving public talks on Modern Buddhism.  She also teaches internationally at annual Kadampa International Festivals around the world.

She has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for thirty years, during which time she has inspired thousands of people around the world through her sincere reliance on her Spiritual Guide, taking his teachings to heart and putting them into practice in every aspect of her life.

Experienced Buddhist Teacher

Gen-la Dekyong is a highly experienced Buddhist Teacher who has taught at many different Kadampa Buddhist centres internationally. She is a very powerful Teacher able to make Buddha’s teachings easily accessible and to show through her example how to integrate these teachings into our daily life.

Gen-la has dedicated her life to helping spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by developing meditation centres and Temples in as many countries as possible, and she provides enthusiastic support and encouragement to everyone engaged in these projects.