The New Kadampa Tradition
The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT–IKBU) is an international association of study and meditation centers that follow the pure tradition of Mahayana Buddhism derived from the Buddhist meditators and scholars Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa and introduced into the West by the Buddhist Teacher Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054). His followers, known as Kadampas, regard Buddha’s teachings as personal instructions and put them into practice by following Atisha’s instructions of Lamrim (Stages of the Path). Je Tsongkhapa and his followers, who were known as the ‘New Kadampas’, later promoted the Kadampa tradition widely in Tibet.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and scholar, and is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union. He has established over 1000 centres worldwide and written 22 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism.
Born in 1931, he ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of eight. In 1959, he entered into an eighteen-year meditation retreat that took him to various locations in the Himalayan region and northern India.
Since arriving in the UK in 1977, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has worked tirelessly to establish Buddhism in the modern world. Renowned for their clarity and practicality, his teachings perfectly bridge the ancient wisdom of Buddhism and contemporary life.
The General Spiritual Director
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong
Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union and the Principal Resident Teacher of Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre.
She has been practising Kadampa Buddhism and studying closely under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for 30 years. She teaches in the UK and throughout the world.