The New Kadampa Tradition

"I understand, through my own experience that Kadam Dharma is the supreme protection from suffering, the real method to solve human problems. Our intention in teaching Dharma is not just to spread Buddhism. We are trying to help the people of this world by giving them special methods to solve their daily problems and to achieve the permanent happiness of liberation"

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

The New Kadampa Tradition.

This center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU).

This is a Mahayana Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso that is derived from the Buddhist meditators and scholars Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa.

NKT is an association of study and meditation centres dedicated to helping people everywhere find meaning and purpose in their lives, and to the developing of genuine inner peace and happiness.

By putting Buddha’s teachings into practice in the context of our family and work commitments, we discover they are unsurpassed methods to resolve daily difficulties and problems.

Rapidly growing, our Kadampa community is an international family, offering support, inspiration and encouragement for this joyful and profound spiritual path at centres around the world.

For more information please see the main Kadampa website.

founder of the new kadampa tradition

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.

Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time.

Study and Retreat

From the age of eight Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title Geshe, which literally means spiritual friend. Under the guidance of Trijang Rinpoche, his Spiritual Guide, he then spent the next eighteen years in meditation retreats in the Himalayas.

Teaching in the West

In 1977 he accepted an invitation to teach at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England, where he lived for many years giving teachings and guidance to an ever-growing group of disciples.

Geshe-la has continued to teach on Kadampa Buddhism in many countries around the world, and published a series of remarkable books on Buddhist thought and meditation.

He has established three unique study programmes and over 1000 meditation centres around the world, trained qualified teachers and a flourishing ordained community, and created a project to build Buddhist Temples in every major city in the world.

Teaching From Example

In his teachings Geshe Kelsang emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others and he demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life.

This remarkable teacher inspires so many people from so many different countries because he teaches from example.

He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.

Keeping a Happy Mind

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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Senior Teachers.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher and Special Teacher Training Programme Teacher at Manjushri KMC, the mother centre of modern Buddhism.

Gen-la Dekyong has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s dedication and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at IKRC Grand Canyon.

He has studied under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and taught internationally for many years and is greatly admired for his warm personality and clear, inspiring teachings.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab.

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is a retired General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and National Spiritual Director of Canada and the Resident Teacher at KMC Canada.

Gen-la Khyenrab is deeply respected throughout the Kadampa world as a sincere practitioner and powerful teacher.

Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang.

Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang is a retired Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, National Spiritual Director of Switzerland, Italy & Austria and Resident Teacher at Madhyamaka KMC.

She has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for many years, during which time she has won the admiration and affection of many students through her pure example and loving kindness.

Gen-la Kelsang Thubten.

Gen-la Kelsang Thubten is the International Kadampa Internet Director.

He has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe-la for over 40 years. He is renowned for his ability to present the many deep meanings contained within Venerable Geshe-la’s books and shows how to integrate them into daily life.

Our Resident Teacher.

Gen Kelsang Dornying.

Gen Kelsang Dornying is the Resident Teacher of both Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia and Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne. He has been teaching Kadam Dharma in Australia for over 18 years. He is an inspiring and light-hearted teacher of modern Buddhism who makes Buddha’s teachings clear, accessible and applicable to modern life.

Gen Dornying teaches a variety of in-person and online classes throughout the week, as well as regular workshop and events.

International Temples Project.

The proceeds from all our classes and events are dedicated to public benefit through the International Temples Project. This means that merely attending a class can be incredibly beneficial at helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.

When Venerable Geshe-la opened the first Temple for World Peace at Manjushri Centre in 1997, he expressed the wish to develop a modern Buddhist Temple in every major city of the world. To accomplish this and many other purposes, he founded the International Temples Project (ITP).

The scope and activities of the ​ITP are constantly evolving in response to the needs of the ever-changing demands of busy lives. It presently achieves ​its aim through ​developing and ​building traditional and non-traditional temples, meditation and retreat centres, and through the activities of World Peace Cafés and Tharpa Publications.

All profits generated through the activities of the International Temples Project are dedicated to public benefit through the continual development of this fund.

“A Temple is one of the best ways of benefiting other living beings – it is the best form of public service.”

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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International Festivals.

Every year there are three International Festivals of modern Kadampa Buddhism taught by senior teachers. Everybody Welcome.