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Kadampa Buddhism


Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054).

In the word, ”Kadampa”, ”Ka” refers to Buddha’s teachings, and ”dam” to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions. ”Pa” is a practitioner of these special instructions who regards Buddha’s teachings as personal advice and puts them into practice through the instructions of ”Lamrim”. The stages of the path to enlightenment, or Lamrim in Tibetan, are the backbone of Kadampa Buddhism. Lamrim is a special set of instructions that includes all the essential teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni arranged in such a way that all his Hinayana and Mahayana teachings can be practiced in a single meditation session.

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There are over 1, 300 Kadampa centres and branches. See the Kadampa Worldwide annual brochure for events happening all around the world.


Geshe-la-Waving-Crowd-Shot-723x1024Our Founder

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.

Geshe Kelsang, or Geshe-la, as he affectionately called by his diciples, is the founder of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) in the modern world. He has established more than 1, 300 centres and branches worldwide, trained hundreds of qualified Teachers and a flourishing ordained community, and created a project to build Buddhist Temples in every major city in the world.

In his teachings, Geshe-la emphasizes the importance of meditation and applying it in our daily lives, the need to be truly happy, and how to cultivate a good heart to help others – and he demonstrates these qualities perfectly in his own life. He is a humble Buddhist monk dedicated to helping people throughout the world find true happiness in their hearts.

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Gen-la 2Our General Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the Spiritual Director of the NKT and the Resident Teacher at Manjushri KMC, the mother centre of Kadampa Buddhism. Gen-la is a modern Buddhist nun who has dedicated her entire life to helping people of all faiths attain permanent happiness through developing their inner peace. Gen-la has studied and practiced Kadampa Buddhism for over 30 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. She inspires students around the world through her example of relying on a spiritual guide and through taking to heart and practicing the teachings of Buddha in her daily life.

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Our Deputy Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is an internationally renowned ordained Buddhist teacher and the Deputy Spiritual Director of (NKT). As a senior teacher of the NKT, Gen-la Jampa has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years and under his guidance has taught at many centres and events worldwide. Gen-la is well loved for his clear and inspiring teachings, and his ability to touch people’s hearts through his sincerity and loving-kindness. Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso requested him to become  Resident Teacher of International Kadampa Retreat Centre Grand Canyon and we are very fortunate that he accepted.

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gen-la-khyenrab-lg2Our National Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Khyenrab is the National Spiritual Director of Canada and Resident Teacher at KMC Canada in Toronto. Gen-la has been studying and teaching Kadampa Buddhism under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for many years. His profound and powerful teachings are appreciated throughout the world, as are his example, which shows his own experience of Dharma.

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templeInternational Temples Project (ITP)

Geshe Kelsang’s compassionate intention is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit. It was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso with the aim to introduce the Buddhist teachings and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly, and to show how individuals and society benefit through the practice of Buddhism in modern-day life.

Constantly adapting to meet the needs of modern society, the International Temples Project achieves its aim through building and supporting traditional and non-traditional World Peace Temples, meditation centres and retreat centres, and through World Peace Cafes and Tharpa Publications.

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International Kadampa Festivals


Every year, the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) organizes a worldwide program of special courses on Buddhism and meditation that explain how to apply Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to modern living. The program includes International Festivals, National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations.

These Festivals and Dharma Celebrations provide a precious opportunity to study and practice the special presentation of modern Buddhism taught by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the Founder of the NKT.

The events vary in length from two days to two weeks, but whatever their duration they all offer a vacation with a difference – a chance to break free from the hectic routines of daily life and focus on the things that really matter. You will leave not only refreshed and relaxed but also spiritually reenergized.

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Mother Centres

Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre (Manjushri KMC) is the international mother centre of the NKT-IKBU. Located in the Lake District in England, this wonderful place is a oasis of gathering for thousands of Kadampas from around the world. Enjoy a short virtual tour…

Kadampa Meditation Centre Canada (KMCC) is the mother centre of the NKT-IKBU in Canada. Located in Toronto, it welcomes many visitors each year and hundreds of Kadampa practitioners for the Canadian Dharma Festival each summer. Visit their website here.

Kadampa Meditation Centre Montreal (KMC Montreal) is the mother centre of the NKT-IKBU in Quebec. You are currently on their website!