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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 Losang kELSANG

The Resident teacher Gen Losang Kelsang was ordained as a Buddhist monk is 1983 and spent several years in retreat under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Rinpoche and later taught Kadampa Buddhism Internationally in many countries such as the UK, Mexico, the US, Spain, Taiwan, Switzerland, and Japan.  He has recently guided retreats at the International Spring and Summer Festival to thousands of people.

As one of Venerable Geshe-la’s most senior students, Gen Losang has a great depth of understanding of the teachings and is very skillful in sharing them in a practical, approachable and light-hearted manner.  He is lovingly regarded for his insightful teachings and serves as an inspiration through his devoted practice.

Winter Retreat
[January to mid-February 6-weeks]

The Lamrim Pure Land Retreat:
11 Reversals’ with Resident Teacher Gen Losang Kelsang.
3rd January – Sunday 13th February


Amitayus Retreat
[Weekend Retreat]

18th - 20th February

Green Tara Empowerment’
[Empowerment Weekend]

with Resident Teacher
Gen Losang Kelsang
18th – 20th March

Easter Week Retreat
[1-Week retreat]

Advice from Atisha’s Heart Part 2’ with Resident Teacher
Gen Losang Kelsang
15th – 21st April

Guru Yoga & Mandala Retreat
[Weekend Retreat]
13th – 15th May

Post Spring Festival Retreat
[1-Week Retreat]

A Great Treasury of Blessings
with Gen Kelsang Demo
18th – 24th June

Bridge Retreat
[3-Week Retreat]

Transforming Adverse Conditions with Resident Teacher
Gen Losang Kelsang
8th – 28th July

Post Summer Festival Retreat
[1-Week Retreat]

Clear Light of Bliss
with Gen Kelsang Lekma
14th – 20th August

UKDC Post Celebration Retreat
[4-Day Retreat]

Healing Power of Buddha
with Resident Teacher
Gen Losang Kelsang
27th – 30th September

Introduction to Tantra
[Weekend Course]

with Resident Teacher
Gen Losang Kelsang
14th – 16th October

Unguided Vajrasattva Retreat
[Weekend Retreat]

11th – 13th November

Post Fall Festival Retreat
[1-Week Retreat]

The Very Heart of Kadam Dharma with Gen-la Kelsang Thubten
3rd – 9th December

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