Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054), who was primarily responsible for the reintroduction of Buddhism in Tibet during the 11th century. “Ka” means “word” and refers to all Sutra and Tantra teachings, and “dam” refers to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions known as the “stages of the path to enlightenment”. The Kadampa Geshes, Atisha’s disciples, were not just great scholars but also spiritual practitioners of exceptional purity and authenticity. Kadampa Buddhists strive to integrate their knowledge of Buddha’s teachings into their everyday lives.
New Kadampa Tradition
The Kadampa Tradition was later spread throughout Tibet during the 14th century by Je Tsongkhapa and his disciples. His followers are known as the “New Kadampas”. The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) is an association of over 1200 Buddhist centres and practitioners that derive their inspiration and guidance from the example of the ancient Kadampa Buddhist Masters and their teachings, as presented for the modern world by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
The Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
The New Kadampa Tradition was founded in 1991 by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. He 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. Find out more about his person and work.
The General Spiritual Director
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and is the Resident Teacher of Manjushri KMC in England. For over 30 years she has practised under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Prior to being appointed to General Spiritual Director, she was the National Spiritual Director of the USA.
The Deputy Spiritual Director
Gen-la Kelsang Jampa
Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition as well as the Resident Teacher of the Kadampa Meditation Centre Texas in Dallas, USA and has been a student of the Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years. Under Geshe-la’s guidance he has given teachings at many different international events. Gen-la Jampa is appreciated for his ability to touch many hearts with his sincerity and loving kindness.