The founder and history
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (Geshe-la) is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU). Geshe-la is a world-renowned Buddhist scholar and meditation master, who has introduced the ancient wisdom of Buddha to our modern world.
The IRC Menorca was founded by Geshe-la in 1981, and it was the first of its kind to be established outside of the UK. Geshe-la has blessed Menorca with his presence on several occasions and he has given many teachings and empowerments there. In 1999 the Kadampa Temple opened and was inaugurated by Geshe-la in 2001.
In 2012 it was transformed into the International Retreat Center. In 2016 a radical reform was made in the retreat house. Now it has ten rooms with private bathroom, air conditioning, kitchen and dining room, as well as outdoor spaces such as terraces and garden.