Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in a remote town high on the Tibetan plateau and was ordained a Buddhist monk at the age of eight. After his ordination he studied Buddha's teachings for twenty years in large Tibetan monasteries. After completing his studies and being awarded the "Geshe" title ("Geshe" means virtuous spiritual friend), he dedicated his life to meditation. In the beginning near the border of Nepal and later in the mountains of northern India, he went into deep meditation retreats. Soon people began to see him as a great meditator and many considered him a contemporary Mahasiddha. After spending almost twenty years in retreat, he accepted an invitation from Manjushri Meditation Center in England at the request of his own Spiritual Guide Kyabje Trijang Dorjechang and traveled to the West in 1977. Since then Manjushri Centre has become his spiritual home, where he has given thousands of teachings.