“Tara Centre is a beautiful holy place.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Our Centre

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche founded this important Centre in 1983. Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre is set in the beautiful grounds of Ashe Hall and 38 acres of mature parkland and is a major Retreat Centre for Modern Kadampa Buddhism. The 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 and 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. Tara IKRC hosts the annual United Kingdom Dharma Celebration, the largest Kadampa Buddhist event in the UK, excepting the NKT International Spring and Summer Festivals at Manjushri KMC, the Mother Centre of Kadampa Buddhism.

Open Wednesday to Sunday our popular World Peace Café and Book and gift shop attract many day visitors and we offer free Lunchtime meditations on Monday and Thursday in our beautiful Main Meditation Room. Everybody welcome!.

Resident Teacher

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is a retired General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU). He is the Resident Teacher at Tara International Kadampa Retreat Centre and the National Spiritual Director for Canada. 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.

Who is Tara?

Tara is a female Buddha, a manifestation of the ultimate wisdom of all the Buddhas. Each of the Twenty-one Taras is a manifestation of the principal Tara, Green Tara. Tara is also known as the ‘Mother of the Conquerors’.

During our spiritual growth we need to turn to our Holy Mother, Tara, for refuge. She protects us from all internal and external dangers, she provides us with all the necessary conditions for our spiritual training, and she guides us and inspires us with her blessings as we progress along the spiritual path.