Kadampa Buddhism

The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centres founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in 1991 to offer the practical wisdom of Kadampa Buddhism to the people of our modern world.

Through Geshe Kelsang’s tireless activities and kindness there are now over 1100 centres and groups offering Buddha’s wisdom advice to people in 40 countries across the world.

The NKT-IKBU follows the pure tradition of Mahayana Buddhism handed down in an unbroken lineage from Buddha Shakyamuni through the ancient Kadampa teachers Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa and introduced into the West by Geshe Kelsang.

The purpose of the NKT-IKBU is to increase the Buddhist faith throughout the world. It is an entirely independent Buddhist tradition that has no political affiliations.

The NKT-IKBU is an international non-profit organization registered in England as a charitable company.

More about the tradition

Founder - Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the Founder of NKT-IKBU, as well as KMC London and the STTP, is a contemporary Buddhist meditation Master who has dedicated his entire life to world peace by spreading the compassion and wisdom of Buddha throughout the world.

Through the International Temples Project, which he founded, he has created hundreds of meditation centres and Temples worldwide, developed special study and meditation programmes and trained modern Buddhist Teachers in over 40 countries.

He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation that present even the most profound aspects of Buddha’s teachings in ways that are easy to understand and integrate into our busy lives.

By applying his teachings to their lives everyone, whether Buddhist or not, can learn to solve their daily problems, improve their relationships with others and follow a pure spiritual path that leads to permanent inner peace and happiness.

He is in every respect a modern Teacher for the modern world.

The General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU

The General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU is Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, the mother centre of the NKT.

She has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over thirty years, sincerely training under his guidance in all aspects of Kadam Dharma. She is recognised as a fully qualified Dharma Teacher of both Sutra and Tantra.

Gen-la teaches at major Kadampa events around the world, and over the years has touched the hearts of thousands of people, whom she has inspired to integrate Buddha’s teachings into their modern daily lives.

For Kadampa practitioners, her good heart, powerful teachings and sincere, inspiring example are unequalled.

Resident Teacher - Kelsang Dargay

Kelsang Dargyay has been a disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso since 2004 and has completed the Special Teacher Training Program. Studying, meditating and practicing the teachings that he has received, he has become a qualified kadampa teacher. His teachings are clear, practical and very accessible to his students. Since November 2012 he has been the Resident Teacher of Kadam Dharma International Retreat Centre (IRC Dharma Kadam)

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
  • Study Programs for the modern world

    He has developed special study and meditation programmes and trained modern Buddhist Teachers in over 40 countries

  • Author

    He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and meditation

  • Founder of over 1200 centres

    He has founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world

International Temple Project

Geshe Kelsang’s compassionate intention is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit.

The ITP has the aim of introducing the Buddhist faith and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly and to exemplify contemporary Buddhist practice through public service. It achieves this through building traditional and non-traditional styled Temples, meditation and retreat centres, and through the activities of Kadampa Hotels, World Peace Cafes, and Tharpa Publications.

The money that comes from Dharma is used only for developing Dharma. This should be maintained continually from generation to generation. – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

For more information visit www.kadampa.org/temples

For more information visit: www.kadampa.org/temples