Kadampa Meditation Center Williamsburg Branch
was established over 13 years ago to provide people in the Brooklyn area with the opportunity to learn about and practice Buddha’s teachings. To fulfill this aim we have created a peaceful city sanctuary located in the heart of Williamsburg. Based on the books of the modern day Buddhist teacher, Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, we present Buddha’s teachings in an accessible manner that can easily be integrated into our modern lives.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (download his newest FREE E-Book) is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition, an international union of Kadampa Buddhist Centers with over 1200 Centers and branches worldwide.
Geshe Kelsang is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time.
Born in Tibet in 1931 and ordained a Buddhist monk at the age of eight, Geshe Kelsang then studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title “Geshe”, which literally means “spiritual friend”, under the guidance of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide. After leaving Tibet in 1959, he spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayan region and northern India.
In 1977, he accepted an invitation from Manjushri Buddhist Centre in Ulverston, England, to take up residence as their Spiritual Teacher, and in 1982 he became a naturalized British citizen. Since arriving in the UK, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has worked tirelessly to establish Buddhadharma in the West and to fulfill the wishes of those who wish to practice Buddhism.
During these years he has given extensive teachings on major Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. These teachings, which are exceptionally clear and easy to understand, have been published as a number of highly acclaimed books that bridge perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism and contemporary life.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso retired from formal teaching in 2009. He continues to work tirelessly ... (read more here)
Eastern United States National Spiritual Director
Kadam Morten Clausen is the Eastern US National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher at the Kadampa Meditation Center New York City. For over 30 years he has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, greatly admired as a meditation teacher and is especially known for his clarity, humor and inspiration presentation of Buddha's teachings.
Williamsburg Meditation Teacher
Joseph Giacona first met Buddhism in 1992 while attending university. Spending his free-time in the Barnes & Noble Buddhism section he encountered Geshe Kelsang's books and was astonished by their clarity and practical, personal presentation. Upon meeting Geshe Kelsang in 2001 he began attending classes at the KMC-NYC and started leading meditation classes in Williamsburg in 2005.