Thubten Gyatso (NKT)

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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.[1] He was described by the NKT as "the first qualified English Tantric meditation master in Britain".[2] He was known as the 'heart-disciple'[1] of Geshe Kelsang and Geshe Kelsang himself wrote a prayer for his long life which was recited regularly at NKT centres.[3] According to Madeleine Bunting "Gen Thubten [..] is described by former members as having been the 'power behind the throne'."[1] 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."[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Sect disrobes British monk, World Tibet Network News, Sunday, August 18, 1996, [1] Archived 18 December 2010 at WebCite
  2. ^ Sect disrobes British monk, World Tibet Network News, Sunday, August 18, 1996, [2]; see also NKT magazine Full Moon Archived 18 December 2010 at WebCite
  3. ^ Long Life Prayer for Gen-la Thubten Gyatso, 1991