Tara KMC

Keeping a Happy Mind - Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition International Buddhist Union (NKT-IBU). This organisation was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, affectionately known as Geshe-la, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who moved to the United Kingdom in the 1970s.

Over the years, he has given hundreds of teaching to tens of thousands of people, and opened over 1000 Buddhist meditation centres around the world.

A prolific author, he has written 23 books on Buddhism and meditation. These texts, which range from beginner to advanced, explain clearly how Buddha’s wisdom can be applied to our modern world. They form the basis of the three study programmes that NKT centres offer: the general, foundation and teacher training programmes.

The lineage of Geshe-la’s teachings can be traced back in an unbroken chain to the Indian Buddhist master Atisha (AD982-1054). Atisha’s teachings were passed down until the fourteenth century when the revered Buddhist scholar Je Tsongkhapa clarified them, and made them relevant to the people of that time.

The Buddhist school that Je Tsongkhapa founded was known as the New Kadampa Tradition, which combined Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings, also known as Dharma. These instructions and practices were passed on from teacher to teacher through the ages to Geshe-la, who has now clarified them and, just as Je Tsongkhapa did, made them practical and relevant to the people in our modern world.

By learning meditation, and reflecting on the teachings that Buddha gave, anyone can attain a peaceful mind, and develop deep wisdom and compassion.

General Spiritual Director

Gen-la Dekyong is a Buddhist nun who has been studying and meditating for many years. She is responsible for the spiritual direction of the NKT, giving teachings at international and national festivals, and overseeing the teaching programmes at each centre.

About Tara KMC

Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre (Tara KMC) has been established for 30 years. Located in nearly 40 acres of beautiful Derbyshire countryside, but easily accessible from anywhere in the Midlands, this peaceful location offers a variety of classes and events.

It is open to anyone who is interested in learning meditation or studying Buddhism. The centre has a large meditation room with a big Buddhist shrine, and a World Peace Cafe where anyone is welcome to visit and relax with a variety of hot and cold drinks, light lunches and snacks.


Tara KMC Resident Teacher

The main teacher is Paul Jenkins who is a dedicated student of Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and 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 and family life.

For many years a senior teacher at Manjushri KMC, Paul is well known for the clarity and warmth of his teachings and for his good heart. He has been meditating, studying and teaching Buddhism for many years. His teachings come from deep experience of practicing meditation, and are clear and accessible.

Working visits

A working visit is a great way to experience life in a Buddhist community, and get a taste of meditation and Buddha’s teachings.

In exchange for a 25 hour week (usually spread over 5 days) you will get 7 days accommodation and food provided. There is also an opportunity to attend classes running at the Centre out of the working hours.

The week will involve a variety of work which could include cooking, cleaning, gardening or working in the World Peace Cafe. If you have any specific skills that you would like to offer we would love to hear about them.

During your free time you can enjoy the peaceful and beautiful environment of Tara KMC, join any courses running here at that time or explore the local Derbyshire Countryside.

Please complete the application form and we’ll be in touch.

Non-Residential Volunteer

Many local people also help out with running the centre. If you can spare some time on a regular basis we’d love to hear from you. Please complete the application form.

Living at Tara KMC


We welcome single people, couples and families to come and be full-time residents at Tara Centre.

There are many benefits to living at a Dharma Centre:

An opportunity to thoroughly immerse oneself in the spiritual life of the centre
Being part of a Bodhisattva family working to benefit others
Forming deep Sangha friendships
Learning new skills
Helping Dharma to flourish
Opportunities to cherish others in many different ways

Every resident attends a study programme: General Programme (GP), Foundation Programme (FP) or Teacher Training Programme (TTP).

If you are interested in becoming a resident we suggest you stay for a working visit first.