Kadampa Buddhism

The official site of the New Kadampa Tradition -
International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Founder: Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Buddhism and meditation for the modern world

Welcome to the online home of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centres that follow the Kadampa Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

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Celebrating NKT Day 2014

The first Saturday in April is set aside to commemorate the founding of NKT-IKBU by Venerable Geshe Kelsang in 1991.

The occasion is marked by special events and by pujas and dedications at Kadampa centers worldwide.

Prayers are made for the flourishing of Kadam Dharma throughout the world so that all living beings might quickly find permanent inner peace.

Above all, we remember the extraordinary kindness of Venerable Geshe Kelsang in founding NKT-IKBU and pray for him to remain with us for a very long time.

Summer Festival 2014 Booking is Now Live

Booking is now live for the 2014 NKT Summer Festival at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, England. Please visit kadampafestivals.org/summer to book.

During week 1 of the Festival, Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang will give teachings on the power of Kadam Lamrim. During week 2 of the Festival, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong will grant the blessing empowerment of Buddha Avalokiteshvara, Buddha of Compassion, and give teachings on the practice of Powa or transference of consciousness.

Everyone is welcome to come to the Festival to enjoy a summer holiday with a difference. Spend some inspiring time in the English Lake District with people from all over the world developing inner peace through the practices of modern Buddhism. Come away refreshed, invigorated and inspired – equipped with the essential tools to transform your everyday life into a meaningful spiritual path that brings immense benefit to both yourself and those with whom you live and work. You can attend either week of the Festival or both together – or come for just a few days.

Special Teacher Training Programme 2014 - Final application date

If you would like to join the STTP 2014 but have not yet applied you have until the April 8th 5pm to submit your online application.

The STTP is a three year course for anyone who would like the opportunity to train as a teacher of Kadampa Buddhism and can be studied by correspondence or by attending the classes in KMC London.

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2014 International Summer Festival Website is now live!

Everyone is welcome to the NKT-IKBU International Summer Festival 2014 at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, UK.

Week 1 ~ July 25 – 31
Kadam Lamrim:
The Power of Kadam Lamrim
with Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang

Week 2 ~ August 1 – 9
Buddha Avalokiteshvara Empowerment
and teachings on Powa
with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Booking opens April 2nd – 1pm GMT

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NEW KadampaFestivals.org and 2014 International Spring Festival Website is now live!

An International Festival of Modern Buddhism

Everyone is welcome to the 2014 NKT-IKBU International Spring Festival.

A Dharma Protector for the Modern World
Meditations, teachings and empowerment to transform your life.

Based on the practice of the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden
with Buddhist nun and international Meditation Teacher, Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

May 23 – 28, 2014
At Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, UK

Part I – May 23 – 26 – Meditation, teachings and empowerment
Part II – May 26 – 28 – Meditation retreat

Booking is now open


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Ocean of Nectar

Ocean of Nectar

In Ocean of Nectar, Geshe Kelsang continues this noble tradition by providing an explanation of Chandrakirti’s famous commentary Guide to the Middle Way.

With breathtaking clarity and insight he guides us step by step through a matrix of profound subjects, making them easy to understand for the modern day reader and bringing the Mahayana Path within reach of all of us.

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There are two important things to emphasize when we meditate: our motivation at the beginning and our dedication at the end.

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