From 1991 to 1995 Gelong Thubten Gyatso (a.k.a. Gen Thubten or Neil Elliot) was appointed as a 'Gen-la' and Resident Teacher of Madhyamaka Centre (Pocklington, York) and as Geshe Kelsang's future successor. He was described by the NKT as "the first qualified English Tantric meditation master in Britain". He was known as the 'heart-disciple' of Geshe Kelsang and Geshe Kelsang himself wrote a prayer for his long life which was recited regularly at NKT centres. According to Madeleine Bunting "Gen Thubten [..] is described by former members as having been the 'power behind the throne'." Bunting states further that "Former members understand that Gen Thubten was disrobed because of a breach of his monastic vows. He was deeply revered by the 3,000 NKT members for his knowledge of Buddhism and his charismatic teaching."