Kadampa Buddhism


Geshe-la outside NY TempleAtisha Centre is a member of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU).

The NKT is an association of study and meditation centres dedicated to helping people everywhere find meaning and purpose in their lives, and to develop genuine inner peace and happiness.

By putting Buddha’s teachings into practice in the context of our family and work commitments, we discover they are unsurpassed methods to resolve daily difficulties and problems. For more information please see the main Kadampa website.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Kadampa Buddhism was first introduced into the West in 1977 by the renowned
Buddhist Master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso when he arrived in England.

Based at Manjushri Centre in Cumbria he worked tirelessly, first giving extensive teachings and commentaries which formed the basis of his 21 books that have now been published by Tharpa Publications.

Temple for World Peace1997 saw the opening of the first Kadampa Temple for World Peace at Manjushri Centre.
By setting up the International Temples Project, a Buddhist charity building for world peace,
it is hoped there will be a Kadampa Buddhist Temple in every major city of the world.
These will provide the focal point for the development of peace within the minds of everyone.

Transforming daily activities into the path
By integrating their knowledge of all Buddha’s teachings into their daily  lives, Kadampa Buddhists are encouraged to use these as practical methods for transforming daily activities into the path to enlightenment.

The great Kadampa Teachers are famous not only for being great scholars but also for being spiritual practitioners of immense purity and sincerity, and for putting their own teachings into practice.