Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the 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. Kadampas regard Buddha’s teachings as personal instructions and use them as practical methods for transforming their daily activities into the path to enlightenment.
To promote Kadampa Buddhism on a global level, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in 1991 founded the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU), which is an international association of study and meditation centres whose purpose is to increase the Buddhist faith worldwide. The New Kadampa Tradition is an entirely independent Buddhist tradition and the NKT-IKBU has no political affiliations.
By founding the NKT-IKBU, Geshe Kelsang has created a global infrastructure to preserve and promote Kadampa Buddhism for generations to come.
Today, there are more than 1,200 Kadampa centres and branches in 40-plus countries around the world where people can study and practice Buddha’s teachings. They are open to everyone and offer a full range of introductory classes, study programmes and meditation retreats. All Kadampa centres are non-profit organizations dedicated to benefiting their local community, and all of their profits are donated to the International Temples Project.