Modern Kadampa Buddhism

The Kadampa Family

Je Tsongkapa

Kadampa Buddhism

Kadampa Buddhism is a school of Mahayana Buddhism founded by the great Indian Buddhist master Atisha (982-1054). Those who attend this school are called the “kadampas”. "Ka" means "word" and denotes the teachings of Buddha, and "dam" denotes the special instructions of Atisha's Lamrim, called "the stages of the path to enlightenment." It is by integrating their knowledge of all the teachings of Buddha into the practice of Lamrim, which they use in their daily life, that Kadampa Buddhists are led to use the teachings of Buddha to transform their daily activities into the path to enlightenment.


In the west

Kadampa Buddhism was first introduced to the West in 1977 by the famous Buddhist master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Since that time he has been tireless in his efforts to make Kadampa Buddhism known to the whole world, by giving detailed teachings, writing many texts that show the depth of Kadampa Buddhism and founding the New Kadampa Tradition - the International Union of Kadampa Buddhism (NKT-IKBU), which today has more than 1,200 centers and annexes of Kadampa Buddhism around the world.

“A kadampa is a person who receives all of the word of Buddha as personal advice to integrate into his daily life. "

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso