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

Irish Dharma Celebration

This year’s Irish Dharma Celebration took place at Tara KMC, Dublin, with Kadam Bridget Heyes, National Spiritual Director of UK and Ireland granting Medicine Buddha empowerment and giving teachings on this practice.

Festivals & Celebrations

Dharma Celebration in Argentina

This weekend Kadampa Meditation Centre Argentina hosted Argentina Dharma Celebration where more than 100 people from Argentina and Uruguay gathered. Gen Kelsang Rinchung, the National Spiritual Director of Argentina and Uruguay granted the empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa and gave teachings on this practice.


Official Grand Opening in Aberdeen

Having completed the centre during the pandemic, Kadampa Meditation Centre Aberdeen were delighted to finally welcome Kadampa’s from all over Scotland and beyond, to their official Grand Opening with Gen-la Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition.

Festivals & Celebrations

East Asian Dharma Celebration in Hong Kong

Last weekend, Gen Kelsang Tonglam, National Spiritual Director for East Asia, granted the blessing empowerment of Buddha Manjushri at the East Asian Dharma Celebration. Kadam Dianna, Huang Yihong and Li Yingzi guided the meditations.

Festivals & Celebrations

Booking for 2023 International Summer Festival opening soon

The Sumner Festival 2023 website is now live
Bookings open Thursday March 30, 13.00 UK time.
Take advantage of the early bird discount.

Celebrating the New Kadampa Tradition – NKT Day 2023

01 Apr 2023

The first Saturday in April is set aside to commemorate the founding of NKT-IKBU by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in 1991. Throughout his life Venerable Geshe-la worked tirelessly to lay the foundations for pure Kadampa Buddhism to flourish in this world for many generations to come, bringing inner peace to everyone.

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Two events with Gen Kelsang Rigpa

31 Mar 2023

“Everyone needs to know that happiness comes from a peaceful mind,” Western USA National Spiritual Director Gen Kelsang Rigpa explained to a full house last Sunday at Tempe Center for the Arts in Arizona. He encouraged everyone to examine for themselves how developing a peaceful state of mind would change our life, giving several profound “mental experiments” for bringing happiness.

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Booking for 2023 Summer Festival going live

29 Mar 2023

The 2023 International Summer Festival is fast approaching. You will be able to book for the Festival from 13.00 UK time on Thursday March 30.

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Hundreds Circumambulate the Temple in Brazil

27 Mar 2023

350 runners circumambulated the Temple at KMC Brazil as part of a 10 km run in celebration of the 164th anniversary of the town of Cabreúva.

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Ask a Buddhist teacher: What can I do when I see animals suffer?

26 Mar 2023

Gen Jikgyob, Resident Teacher at KMC Geneva, answers “What can I do when I see animals suffer?”

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Finding true happiness in Santa Fe with Gen-la Jampa

25 Mar 2023

150 people gathered in Santa Fe on Saturday for a public talk organised by KMC New Mexico with guest teacher Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, Resident Teacher at IKRC Grand Canyon and Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT. Gen-la shared practical methods for experiencing true happiness by changing the mind.

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Practicing patience in Israel

19 Mar 2023

Recently the sangha at the newly emerging Kadampa center in Israel gathered for their third out-of-town retreat in a peaceful rural location. Their Teacher Daniel Koren guided meditations on the practice of patience as presented by Shantideva based on Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’s book ‘Meaningful to Behold’.

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Meditating in the great outdoors

18 Mar 2023

With its wonderful climate and beautiful scenery Australia offers many peaceful outdoor locations for practicing meditation. And from time to time the Australian Kadampa centers take full advantage of it.
Here we feature two recent events in the great outdoors

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How to Make Ourself and Others Happy

17 Mar 2023

Around 200 people gathered at Phoenix Art Museum this week for a transformative evening with Gen-la Kelsang Jampa, Resident Teacher at IKRC Grand Canyon and Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT. Gen-la shared practical advice from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in the teaching: “If you want to be happy, you need to develop a peaceful mind; if you want to make others happy, you need to cherish them.”

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A rain of blessings in France

13 Mar 2023

Recently three centers in France hosted events in which the teachers gave empowerments and commentaries.

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International Festivals

Identifying with your Buddha nature

Gen-la Kunsang
Gen-la Kunsang
Identifying with your Buddha nature

In the heart of everyone is a limitless potential of love, compassion and wisdom

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Words of Wisdom & Compassion

Daily quote from the collected works of Venerable Geshe-la

In the Sutras, Buddha says:

If you have only effort you have all Dharmas,

But if you have only laziness you have nothing.

A person who has no great knowledge of Dharma but who nevertheless applies effort consistently will gradually attain all virtuous qualities; but a person who knows a great deal and has only one fault - laziness - will not be able to increase his or her good qualities and gain experience of Dharma.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,
How to Understand the Mind