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.

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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.

Offering our faith

06 Jun 2023

On June 4, Buddha’s turning of the Wheel of Dharma day, at Kadampa centres around the world, we offer Venerable Geshe-la our faith with hearts filled with rejoicing and gratitude. We do this by using the special prayer, “Request to the Holy Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso from His Faithful Disciples,” and by collecting our Guru’s name mantra in a one-day retreat.

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Bonus Bulletin – Jun 5

05 Jun 2023

Read about some of the other wonderful activities taking place throughout the world the week before the Spring Festival

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Turning the Wheel of Dharma – an Auspicious Day in the Kadampa Calendar

04 Jun 2023

June 4 is the Turning the Wheel of Dharma Day on which we celebrate Buddha’s first teaching in this world – the first Turning of the Wheel of Dharma. It is also the birthday of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the Founder of NKT.

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Spring Festival 2023 Review

02 Jun 2023

The conclusion of the 2023 Spring Festival gives us a chance to look back over this truly inspiring event. Click on the links to see the full Festival diary for each day.

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Spring Festival 2023 Day 6

01 Jun 2023

What a truly wonderful festival it has been. There was something magical and profound about how Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings gradually built refuge in our minds. The refuge vows ceremony marked the pinnacle of the festival, providing an opportunity to express and refine the special dedications and promises arising in our hearts.

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Spring Festival 2023 Day 5

31 May 2023

Retreat days at the festival are very special. Having received so many teachings, and following the extraordinarily blessed refuge ceremony, it is now time to quiet the mind, delve deep within, and consolidate our experiences through meditation.

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Spring Festival 2023 Day 4

30 May 2023

Gen-la helped us understand the real meaning of the Refuge Ceremony by giving the transmission of an explanation by Venerable Geshe-la. Just being at festival we are inside refuge. Listening to teachings, meditating and placing ourself inside our Guru’s vision for flourishing Kadam Dharma. It was so inspiring to be part of a worldwide sangha dedicated to ending suffering and bringing about world peace.

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Spring Festival 2023 Day 3

29 May 2023

Today after an explanation of how our Spiritual Guide is in essence deathless and his mind always with us, we received an unexpected surprise of hearing Venerable Geshe-la’s voice resound in the temple giving us the blessing transmission of Liberating Prayer.

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Spring Festival 2023 Day 2

28 May 2023

Gen-la’s teachings on Saturday began a sublime commentary to Liberating Prayer, one of our uncommon Kadampa prayers appearing from the heart of our Root Guru. She explained how there are many levels to this prayer.

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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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International Festivals

The Power of Our Wish

Gen-la Dekyong
Gen-la Dekyong
The Power of Our Wish

Benefiting others is the nature of Buddhahood.

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Words of Wisdom & Compassion

Daily quote from the collected works of Venerable Geshe-la

Buddha taught that the mind has the power to create all pleasant and unpleasant objects. The world is the result of the karma, or actions, of the beings who inhabit it. A pure world is the result of pure actions and an impure world is the result of impure actions. Since all actions are created by mind, ultimately everything, including the world itself, is created by mind. There is no creator other than mind.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,
Modern Buddhism