Modern Kadampa Buddhism

Designed to meld with the busy, hectic pace of our lives, Modern Buddhism is a transformative meditation program rooted in the thousand-year-old lineage of Kadampa Buddhism. It is presented for each and every person in order to help them begin, make progress on, and ultimately complete their own spiritual path.

Our Founder

Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union. Through his kindness and guidance, Venerable Geshe-la has trained hundreds of qualified teachers who are teaching in centers all around the world.

Modern Kadampa Teachers

The New Kadampa tradition has pioneered a presentation of the ancient wisdom of meditation and Buddhism so that it can be incorporated into modern life.

International Temples Project

Our international Buddhist community has made a profound impact through hundreds of meditation centers in cities and towns worldwide.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Spiritual Guide & Founder

After Je Tsongkhapa, the New Kadampa lineage flourished for hundreds of years, down to the present day. In recent years, it has been promoted widely throughout the world by the contemporary Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche (Geshe-la) is a contemporary Buddhist meditation master who holds a complete lineage of Buddha’s teachings that he received through an unbroken chain of realized masters dating back to Buddha himself.

On the advice of his own Spiritual Guide he has pioneered the development of modern Buddhism in contemporary society, introducing a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings that preserves their original meaning while making them easily accessible and applicable to the modern world.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Kadampa Buddhism

Practical Teachings

Venerable Geshe-la shows how Buddha’s teachings can be used by anyone, Buddhist or not, to solve their daily problems, improve their personal relationships and eventually attain a deep and lasting happiness and peace. Geshe-la has devoted his life to creating all the necessary conditions to support the study and practice of Buddhism in modern society, writing twenty-two highly acclaimed books, establishing over 1,200 meditation centers and groups throughout the world, developing modern study programs, training qualified meditation teachers; and establishing local, national and international courses, events and festivals. Through these immeasurably kind actions Geshe-la has laid the foundation for everyone in this troubled world to discover lasting inner peace and happiness.

“Developing compassion and wisdom, and helping those in need is the true meaning of life.”Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Teachers of the New Kadampa Tradition

Modern Teachers for a Modern World

After Je Tsongkhapa, the New Kadampa lineage flourished for hundreds of years, down to the present day. In recent years, it has been promoted widely throughout the world by the contemporary Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

By founding the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union, Geshe Kelsang has created a truly global infrastructure to preserve and promote Kadampa Buddhism for many generations to come.

An Unbroken Lineage

When in 1977, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso accepted an invitation to come to the West and teach, a new era dawned for Kadampa Buddhism in this world. With the blessings of his Spiritual Guide, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Geshe Kelsang took the essential meaning of Kadam Dharma and presented it in a way that could be easily understood and practiced by people not just in the West, but throughout the world. This precious Dharma taught at first by Buddha, introduced into Tibet by the great Indian Teacher Atisha, and promoted by the great Tibetan Master, Je Tsongkhapa was now available to people of all countries. Through the actions of Geshe-la, Kadampa Buddhism has now become a truly global religion.

International Temples Project

Buildings for World Peace

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s compassionate intention is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit.

The ITP fosters the international development of a wide range of contemporary Buddhist institutions. These presently include Temples for World Peace, Kadampa Meditation Centres (KMCs), International Retreat Centres (IRCs), Kadampa Buddhist Centres (KBCs), World Peace Cafes and Tharpa Publications. All these institutions provide a public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.

“Whenever anyone, Buddhist or not, sees a Temple or an image of Buddha they receive blessings.”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Each year, for example, tens of thousands of people visit the Temples, KMCs, KBCs and IRCs. Some attend courses and retreats to learn how to develop inner peace through meditation, while others go to view the holy objects and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. But whatever their reason for visiting, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has said that anyone who sees a Temple or the holy objects within will receive a special blessing that sows a seed of future peace and happiness in their mind.

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