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Since you cannot tame the minds of others until you have tamed your own, begin by taming your own mind.


Kadampa Buddhism

Kadampa Buddhism is a special tradition of Mahayana Buddhism founded by Atisha (982 - 1054 AD), an Indian Buddhist master who was primarily responsible for the reintroduction of Buddhism into 11th century Tibet. "Ka" refers to all of Buddha's Sutra and Tantra teachings and "dam" refers to Atisha's special instructions, called the "stages of the path" or, in Tibetan, Lamrim.
Kadampa Buddhism integrates their knowledge of the entire Buddha's teachings into their daily lives. The Kadampa Geshes, the followers of Atisha, were not only great scholars but also spiritual practitioners of extraordinary purity and sincerity.
Atisha (982–1054)
Je Tsongkhapa
Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419)


The Kadampa tradition was later promoted throughout Tibet in the 14th century by Je Tsongkhapa and his followers, known as the "New Kadampas". The New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) - is an association of over 1300 Buddhist Centers and groups that derive their inspiration and spiritual guidance from the example of the ancient Kadampa Masters and from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's presentation of Kadampa Buddhism to the modern world.


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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition

The New Kadampa Tradition was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully realized meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong

The General Spiritual Director

Gen-la Kelsang Dekyong is the Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher of Manjushri KMC in England. She has been a student of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than thirty years. Prior to her appointment as General Spiritual Director she was the National Spiritual Director of the USA. She is a modern Buddhist nun who dedicates her life to helping people find lasting happiness by developing inner peace.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa

Gen-la kelsang jampa

The deputy spiritual director

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa is the Deputy Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition and Resident Teacher at the International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon. Gen-la Jampa has been a student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for many years. Under Geshe-la's guidance he has taught at many centers and at many international events. Gen-la is valued for his ability to reach people's hearts with his sincerity and loving kindness.
Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang

Gen-la kelsang Kunsang

The national spiritual director of Switzerland

Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang is the National Spiritual Director of Switzerland, Italy and Austria and a former Deputy Spiritual Director of the NKT-IKBU and the Resident Teacher of KMC Edinburgh in Scotland. She has been a close disciple of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 25 years and during this time has traveled the world to teach meditation and explain Buddha's teachings. She has won the admiration and affection of many students through her loving kindness and her exceptionally pure example of a modern Kadampa practitioner. Her teachings are powerful and clear.

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International Temples Project

A project for world peace

When Venerable Geshe-la opened the first Temple for World Peace at Manjushri Centre in 1997, he expressed the wish to develop a modern Buddhist Temple in every major city of the world. To accomplish this and many other purposes, he founded the International Temples Project (ITP).

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