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What is 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. Kadampas, then, are practitioners who regard Buddha’s teachings as personal instructions and put them into practice by following the instructions of Lamrim.

By integrating their understanding of all Buddha’s teachings into their practice of Lamrim, and by integrating their experience of Lamrim into their everyday lives, Kadampas use Buddha’s teachings as practical methods for transforming daily activities into the path to enlightenment.

The Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition

In recent years, the Kadampa Tradition has been promoted widely throughout the world by the contemporary Buddhist Master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

By founding the New Kadampa Tradition, the International Kadampa Buddhist Union, Geshe Kelsang has created a truly global infrastructure to preserve and promote Kadampa Buddhism for many generations to come.


Our Tradition's Spiritual Directors &
Our National Spiritual Director

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Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the General Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU, Resident Teacher and Special Teacher Training Programme Teacher at Manjushri KMC.

Gen-la Dekyong has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Pinpoche for over thirty years, sincerely training under his guidance in all aspects of Kadam Dharma. Gen-la is recognized as a fully qualified Dharam Teacher of both Sutra and Tantra.

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Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of NKT-IKBU and Resident Teacher at IKRC Grand Canyon.

Gen-la Jampa has studied under Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche and taught internationally for many years. 

He is greatly admired for his warm personality and clear, inspiring teachings.

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Gen Kelsang Pagpa

Gen Kelsang Pagpa is the National Spiritual Director for the New Kadampa Tradition in South Africa. He is also the Resident Teacher of Tushita Kadampa Meditation Centre in Cape Town.

His heartfelt and practical teachings are presented with warmth and humor, making them accessible to everyone. He shows the joy of living a spiritual life, and is an inspiring example of Buddhism in practice. 

Our Resident Teacher

Gen Kelsang Mila

Gen Kelsang Mila was ordained in 2010 and has been Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre’s resident teacher since September 2010. She is greatly appreciated as a meditation teacher and is especially known for her clarity, humor and inspirational presentation of Dharma. Her teachings are always practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Through her gentle and joyful approach and peaceful example, she has helped many people find true happiness in their hearts.

Vajrapani Kadampa Buddhist Centre Teachers

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