Kadampa Buddhism

New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche


Hundreds of Kadampa centers around the world celebrated NKT Day on Saturday in different ways. Here is a small selection of photos from their various activities


'Today we had the great good fortune to receive the blessing empowerment of Vajrapani granted by our Resident Teacher Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang.

'It was a delight to see so many students from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen gathered together for such an auspicious event.

'May it be a cause of great enlightenment for all living beings.'


NKT Day was celebrated at Manjushri KMC with a powerful course on renunciation given by Kadam Morten, the National Spiritual Director of Eastern USA and Resident Teacher at KMC New York City.

The Temple was full during the day for the teachings and extraordinary meditations led by Kadam Morten.

And in the evening everyone came together to offer a special Offering to the Spiritual Guide  puja.

It was a glorious sunny day full of laughter and joy.


'On NKT day, 60 sanghas engaged in a 24 hour Tara puja to celebrate the founding of the New Kadampa Tradition and remember the immeasurable kindness of our supreme Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

May the virtues accumulated from our sincere prayers to Venerable Arya Tara be dedicated to the flourishing of Kadam Dharma throughout the world and the long life of Venerable Geshe-la.'


'On this NKT anniversary day, we were fortunate to receive our NSD, Gen Kelsang Eupame, for a fabulous day of teaching about "life-changing inner armor". On the program: patience, karma, compassion with special emphasis on people receiving this wisdom for the first time!

We all had lunch together in the center, which allowed the newcomers to question Gen Eupame about his morning teachings.

Everyone was delighted (and not just with the Lebanese meal 😉). What more could we ask for on this NKT Day?"

KMC mahakaruna

KMC Mahakaruna celbrated NKT Day at both their locations.

At the urban Temple in Barcelona they held an open day for local people, which included a talk by the Resident Teacher Guen Kelsang Lochani, refreshments, music and plenty opportunities to ask questions.

And at the Temple in Montserrat, their retreat center just outside Barcelona, Guen Lochani granted Pratimoksha vows to a large group who had requested them.

KMC berlin

KMC Berlin celebrated NKT Day with an open house all afternoon at which members of the public had an opportunity to visit the center and meet the Teachers and students.

Gen Ananda the Resident Teacher gave a free public talk, and in the evening there was a special celebration of 25 years of Venerable Geshe-la's kindness in Germany.

kmc australia

'For NKT Day at KMC Australia we had a course on Refuge with our Resident Teacher Gen Kelsang Dornying followed by a Refuge Vow ceremony.

The celebrations finished with Wishfulfilling Jewel puja with tsog.'

kmc washington

'On NKT Day we enjoyed beautiful teachings on the field of merit from Gen Khedrub and Gen Wangpo, topped off by a blissful Offering to the Spiritual Guide.

Thanks to Tushita Kadampa Buddhist Center Olympia/Tacoma for joining us and making it an extra-special day!'

KMC plymouth

'What a wonderful way to celebrate Venerable Geshe-la’s extraordinary kindness on NKT Day, learning the tremendous benefits of relying upon a spiritual guide and how to do so, followed by a beautiful opportunity to make offerings and share time with our fellow meditators.

How lucky are we to have this rare opportunity, right here in a small sunny corner of this vast world! Thank you to Gen Keslang Tsangpa for his teachings and to all of you who came along to make today so special.'

KMC new york

'Tonight we were so fortunate to receive a talk from Gen Samten, before Offering to the Spiritual Guide. He walked us through the very beginnings of our Tradition, the New Kadampa Tradition, and explained the meaning of the International Kadampa Buddhist Union - and how Geshe-la has said the New Kadampa Tradition is his heart.'

kmc perth

'At KMC Perth we celebrated NKT Day out in the beautiful bushlands of Serpentine during one of our bi-annual away retreats. We learnt about the power of our mind to create our reality, and engaged in meditations for a clear mind as well as Wishfulfilling Jewel with tsog.'

tushita kmc

'We had a Bodhisattva Vows Ceremony at Tushita KMC, Cape Town.

As you can see we're getting ready for the SA National Festival here, with Gen-la Kunsang coming to give Amitayus empowerment in May.,

kmc florida

'We had such a special afternoon at KMC Florida watching "The Life of Buddha"! It was popcorn and a movie. '