Modern Kadampa Buddhism

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The Founder of Modern Kadampa Buddhism is Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, affectionately known as Venerable Geshe-la, a world-renowned meditation master and Teacher. He inspired thousands of people around the world to apply the pure teachings of Buddha to their modern lives to solve their personal problems and discover a deep and lasting inner peace and happiness. Today, the legacy of his life's work touches the lives of people of all nationalities and cultures.

"The day will come when you will do my job."

Working for world peace


Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche devoted his entire life to making the pure teachings of Buddha available in a modern form to people throughout the world.

Now Venerable Geshe-la's followers holding him at their hearts continue his work with auspicious projects in every region of the world.

Festivals & Celebrations

Ordination Day – Spring Festival 2023

For the ordained Sangha of the New Kadampa Tradition, the Spring Festival pilgrimage always begins a day early with the ordination ceremony.

Collected works

Australian Mind, Body, Spirit Festival

Tharpa AU had a stall at the Sydney Mind, Body, Spirit Festival this weekend. The festival had over 20,000 attendees, all interested in health, wellness and spirituality.
The stall was packed with interested people all weekend, eager for information about Buddhism and meditation, in the end Tharpa sold over 70 books and 100 meditation CDs and KMC Sydney handed out hundreds of flyers for their local centre and branch classes.

Collected works

Discover the Wonders of the Tharpa Spring Festival Shop

The Tharpa Festival Shop is a key part of the International Spring Festival 2023 experience. It provides everything you need to support your spiritual practice during the Festival and beyond. New products include a special recording by Venerable Geshe-la, practice cards, a guide to water offerings, Buddhist symbols, and much more. Explore the festival shop today.


First day retreat in the new KMC Mexico temple

This past weekend marked the first retreat at Kadampa Meditation Centre México, in the new custom built temple. The Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Sangden guided four meditation sessions where the participants had the opportunity to contemplate and put into practice the fundamentals of meditation.

Collected works

Book fair and public talk in Granada

For the occasion of Book’s Day and Saint Jordi’s festivities, KMC Granada had the opportunity to participate in the local book fairs for one week, showcasing the works of our precious Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Also they’ve organised a public talk which was very well attended.

Spring Festival 2023 Day 1 Part 2

27 May 2023

The temple is full of joyful chatter, then the quiet lull that comes before Gen-la Dekyong enters and the prayers begin, bringing us all together. At the front of the temple is a special shrine with a powerful, meditative Buddha Shakyamuni presiding over the festival.

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Spring Festival 2023 Day 1

26 May 2023

There is a mixture of joy and excitement in the air as Kadampa’s start arriving at the festival site from every corner of the world. The sun is shining and everywhere you look there is kindness in action as the final touches to the festival are put in place and volunteers take up their stations to make the magic of festival happen.

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Out-of town retreat in Colombia

25 May 2023

KMC Colombia organised an out-of-town meditation retreat near Choachi, titled “An Inexhaustible Source of Happiness”. Surrounded by the tranquillity of nature, this retreat gave the opportunity to enjoy guided meditation on profound Dharma to discover their source of happiness from within.

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Inspirational Gifts and Ritual Essentials at the Festival’s Tharpa and Gift Shops

23 May 2023

Every year during the International Kadampa Festivals, attendees from across the globe can discover a wide range of distinctive items that enhance their daily practice, provide meaningful gifts for others, and acquire essential ritual objects for their center.

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Emptiness And Impermanence At New York Temple

23 May 2023

Close to 100 people participated in our five-day silent retreat on emptiness and subtle impermanence. It was the Apex of Spring all around with flowers in full bloom and gorgeous weather.

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The Secret of Inner Beauty – Outdoor Retreat in the Country

22 May 2023

Last weekend, nearly 30 people listened to and contemplated Advice from Atisha’s Heart in the peaceful, green environment of a retreat center in St. Calixte.

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Take a Journey home to the Mother Center

20 May 2023

Journey with us to the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in Ulverston, England, home to the inspiring International Spring Festival 2023. This video gives you a glimpse into the heart of this remarkable place, where Venerable Geshe-la first began sharing the wisdom of profound Dharma.

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Enjoying Dharma, Meditation and Nature in Spain

19 May 2023

The sangha from the Spanish centers of KMC Albacete and Avalokiteshvara KBC in Huelva have been enjoying spring with their spiritual friends. Combining their courses with outdoor meditations and walks in beautiful locations, they have enjoyed the chance to build their sangha community.

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Away Retreat in Menorca

17 May 2023

IKRC Menorca hosted Nagarjuna KMC for a retreat guided by Kadam Bridget Heyes entitled “Calming the mind: a Buddhist approach”.

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Setting the Stage for the Spring Festival 2023

16 May 2023

Preparations for the NKT-IKBU International Spring Festival 2023 at Manjushri KMC have been meticulously in progress for several months. A collective effort has been made, drawing together the entire Manjushri KMC community comprising residents, local volunteers, ITTP students, and volunteering visitors, as well as many UK Dharma Centres all unified with the shared goal of realizing this auspicious event.

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International Festivals

Treasury of Unobservable Compassion

Gen-la Dekyong
Gen-la Dekyong
Treasury of Unobservable Compassion

Developing the wish to have the real compassion of Buddha.

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Words of Wisdom & Compassion

Daily quote from the collected works of Venerable Geshe-la

Our mind is principally located in the region of of our heart channel wheel, or heart chakra. It's nature is clarity. This means that it is empty, like clear space, and that it is a formless continuum completely lacking shape and colour, which possesses the actual power to percieve, understand and remember objects.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,
Mahamudra Tantra