“Tara Centre is a beautiful holy place.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Our Centre

Founded in 1984 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and set in the beautiful environment of Ashe Hall and 38 acres of mature parkland, Tara KMC 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 KMC 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.

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.

Gen Losang will begin teaching in mid October.  We will post more information on his teaching schedule in due course

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.