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.
The principal teacher at Tara KMC is Paul Jenkins. A dedicated student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Paul has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for over 30 years. He is married with 3 children and has practical experience of integrating Modern Buddhism within a busy, professional, family life.
For many years a senior teacher at Manjushri KMC, Paul is well known for the clarity and warmth of his teachings and has deep experience of practicing meditation and teaching Buddhism at all levels. His relaxed and friendly approach helps students to easily take the teachings to heart and put them into practice in daily life. Paul teaches weekly classes, weekend courses, guides a number of retreats throughout the year and grants Empowerments at Tara KMC.
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.