Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha (AD 982-1054), who was primarily responsible for the reintroduction of Buddhism in Tibet during the 11th century. “Ka” means “word” and refers to all Sutra and Tantra teachings, and “dam” refers to Atisha’s special Lamrim instructions known as the “stages of the path to enlightenment”. The Kadampa Geshes, Atisha’s disciples, were not just great scholars but also spiritual practitioners of exceptional purity and authenticity. Kadampa Buddhists strive to integrate their knowledge of Buddha’s teachings into their everyday lives.
New Kadampa Tradition
The Kadampa Tradition was later spread throughout Tibet during the 14th century by Je Tsongkhapa and his disciples. His followers are known as the “New Kadampas”. The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) is an association of over 1200 Buddhist centres and practitioners that derive their inspiration and guidance from the example of the ancient Kadampa Buddhist Masters and their teachings, as presented for the modern world by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.