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

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.

Festivals & Celebrations

Celebrating in the Nordic region

At this special event hosted by Kadampa Meditation Center Stockholm Gen-la Thubten granted the empowerment of Buddha Maitreya who is the embodiment of the loving kindness of all the Buddhas and taught methods to develop and increase our loving kindness through developing our wisdom.

Festivals & Celebrations

Spring Festival – a vision of a better world

Special commentary to the Liberating Prayer & International Refuge Vow Ceremony with Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong.
You can attend this festival in-person or online.

Festivals & Celebrations

Southern US Dharma Celebration

The Southern Dharma Celebration 2023 was held at KMC North Carolina in Charlotte where Kadampas from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia gathered to receive Je Tsongkhapa empowerment and teachings on Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka practice from Eastern National Spiritual Director and Resident Teacher of KMC New York City, Kadam Morten Clausen.

Statues & Temple Art

The stages of casting a metal statue

In a converted shipping container next to the Kadampa Art Studio at Manjushri KMC, two skilled Kadampa artists are quietly manufacturing a prototype of the next generation of statues, which will be made of metal rather than polyurethane. 

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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Meditation on Realizing our Potential & Purpose

12 Mar 2023

On his way to the Florida Dharma Celebration Kadam Morten stopped by Kadampa Meditation Center Fort Lauderdale and gave a talk to 77 happy attendees. Many people stayed after the talk to enjoy food and conversation.

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Ask a Buddhist teacher: Can you have a positive experience of death?

11 Mar 2023

Gen Rinchung, National Spiritual Director of Argentina, Peru & Uruguay and Resident Teacher at KMC Argentina, answers “Can you have a positive experience of death?”

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Wisdom Teachings at Manjushri KMC – Weekend Course with Gen-la Dekyong

09 Mar 2023

This weekend’s course with General Spiritual Director – Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong and retreat with National Spiritual Director Kadam Bridget Heyes has been a “wonderful and magical” experience.

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Let go of stress and worries at Kailash IKRC

08 Mar 2023

Last weekend Kailash International Kadampa Retreat Centre organised a weekend retreat where participants learned different breathing meditation techniques that help them to calm their mind in stressful situations.

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“I’m going to stop by every day”

06 Mar 2023

On Saturday morning, the IKRC Grand Canyon had the regular Free Pancake Breakfast & Open House. Over 90 people, from all over Northern Arizona came to see the 5th Kadampa World Peace Temple, meet the growing community, enjoy some pancakes and learn about inner peace.

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Realizing Emptiness – Advice from Our Guru’s Heart – Weekend Course with Gen-la Dekyong

05 Mar 2023

This weekend the Temple for World Peace at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre is filled wall to wall with hundreds of people from the UK and beyond attending Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong’s course on emptiness.

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International Festivals

Attachment looks as if it can make me happy

Gen-la Thubten
Gen-la Thubten
Attachment looks as if it can make me happy

Our enjoyment is not from the object itself, but we believe it is.

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Words of Wisdom & Compassion

Daily quote from the collected works of Venerable Geshe-la

There are four main benefits of the meditations on taking and giving: they are powerful methods (1) to purify the potentialities of non-virtuous actions that cause us to experience incurable diseases such as cancer; (2) to accumulate a great collection of merit; (3) to ripen our potentiality to be able to benefit all living beings; and (4) to purify our mind.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche,
Modern Buddhism