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Founded in 1984 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and set in the beautiful environment of Ashe Hall and 38 acres of mature parkland, Tara IKRC is a major UK Centre for Modern Buddhism. Our year round programme of residential and non-residential courses and events is open to all and caters for every level of experience from basic meditation classes to in-depth courses and retreats.  Our very popular weekly meditation classes present Buddha’s advice for finding a happy, meaningful  life in a way that we can immediately put it into practice in our busy, daily life.

Tara IKRC is known and loved by the many people who visit each year from the Midlands, the UK and all across the world. The centre hosts the annual UK Dharma Celebration, the largest Kadampa Buddhist event in the UK, next to the International Festivals.

Open 6 days a week our busy World Peace Café and our Book and gift shop attract many day visitors and we offer a free introductory meditation session each weekday in our beautiful Main Meditation Room.

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Resident teacher


Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is a retired General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and is currently the Resident Teacher at Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre. Following his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, for more than forty years, he is an internationally renowned teacher who is greatly admired throughout the world for his powerful teachings, his wisdom, as well as his pure example of humility and loving-kindness. He is also well-known for his deep understanding of Buddha’s teachings and his ability to convey their profound meaning in a very clear and accessible way.

White Tara Empowerment and Retreat: Friday 19th April - Wednesday 24th April with Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab,  retired General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher at Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre.

Post Spring Festival Retreat 2024: Thursday 30th May - Wednesday 5th June with Gen Kelsang Rigpa. The Western US National Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Los Angeles, California, USA.

Post Summer Festival Retreat 2024: Sunday 11th August - Saturday 17th August with Gen Kelsang Tonglam, NKT National Spiritual Director for East Asia and Resident Teacher of KMC Hong Kong and KMC Taiwan

Post Fall Festival Retreat 2024: Friday 8th November - Wednesday 13th November with Gen Kelsang Ananda, NKT National Spiritual Director for Germany and Resident Teacher for Tharpaland KMC.