The New Kadampa Tradition
This center is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU).
This is a Mahayana Buddhist tradition founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso that is derived from the Buddhist meditators and scholars Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa.
NKT is an association of study and meditation centres dedicated to helping people everywhere find meaning and purpose in their lives, and to the developing of genuine inner peace and happiness.
Putting Buddha’s teachings into practice in the context of our family and work commitments, we discover they are unsurpassed methods to resolve daily difficulties and problems.
Rapidly growing, our Kadampa community is an international family, offering support, inspiration and encouragement for this joyful and profound spiritual path at centres around the world.
For more information please see the main Kadampa website.
Venreable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union ( NKT-IKBU)
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Geshe-la, as he is affectionately called by his students, is primarily responsible for the worldwide revival of Kadampa Buddhism in our time.
Venerable Geshe-la’s teachings, embodied in his 22 highly acclaimed books, teach simple practices that are easy to follow, but which lead us from the state of an ordinary being to the attainment of enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of our human life.
Spiritual Directors & Teachers of the NKT
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, the Mother Center of Kadampa Buddhism. Gen-la has studied and practised Kadampa Buddhism for many years under the guidance of her Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. As one of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s close disciples, Gen-la Dekyong’s teachings, humour and kindness exemplify the essence of the Buddhist way of life. She is a perfect example of a Kadampa Teacher. Each year, Gen-la Dekyong teaches at the International Festivals, National Festivals, and Dharma Celebrations throughout the world.
International Temples Project (ITP)
A beautiful gift to future generations
Geshe Kelsang’s compassionate intention is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit.
The ITP fosters the international development of a wide range of contemporary Buddhist institutions. These presently include Temples for World Peace, Kadampa Meditation Centres (KMCs), International Retreat Centres (IRCs), Kadampa Buddhist Centres (KBCs) Hotel Kadampas, World Peace Cafes, the International Schools Project, and Tharpa Publications. All these institutions provide a public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.
Each year, for example, tens of thousands of people visit the Temples, KMCs, KBCs and IRCs. Some attend courses and retreats to learn how to develop inner peace through meditation, while others go to view the holy objects and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. But whatever their reason for visiting, Geshe Kelsang has said that anyone who sees a Temple or the holy objects within will receive a special blessing that sows a seed of future peace and happiness in their mind.
For more information about the International Temples Project, including ways you can help, visit kadampa.org/temples
Whenever anyone, Buddhist or not, sees a Temple or an image of Buddha they receive blessings.Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Books on Buddhism & Meditation
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has written 22 books explaining simply and clearly the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. These include introductory books, intermediate books, and more advanced books.
All Geshe Kelsang’s books are published by NKT’s publishing company, Tharpa Publications, which is based at Manjushri KMC.
This remarkable series of authoritative books represents the most complete and integrated presentation of the Buddhist path to enlightenment available in any western language. Originally written in English they are currently being translated into many of the world’s major languages.
“One of the most concise presentations of the Buddhist path in any Western language.” – BBC
Meditation CDs, audiobooks, prayer booklets, Buddhist art prints, postcards and posters, stationery and much more are are also available from Tharpa Publications.
To browse and buy online at the Tharpa Publications website.
Centres Around Canada
Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver
Kadampa Meditation Centre Fraser Valley
Bodhichitta Buddhist Centre