Modern Buddhism is for everyone regardless of background, age or nationality. Buddha taught methods for gradually overcoming negative states of mind such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. With these methods we can attain lasting inner peace.
The founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India two and a half thousand years ago. Since then, millions of people around the world have followed the pure spiritual path Buddha revealed.
Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused, negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful, positive states of mind. Buddha taught methods for gradually overcoming negative states of mind such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and methods for developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. Through practising Buddha’s teachings we will come to experience lasting peace and happiness.
Buddha’s teachings work for anyone, in any country, at any age. Once we have gained experience for ourselves, we can pass these teachings on to others. In this way, we can establish peace in the world. The Buddhist way of life – peace, loving kindness and wisdom – is just as relevant today as it was when Buddha appeared in ancient India.
Modern Kadampa Buddhism is a special presentation of Buddha’s teachings for the modern world. It is open to everyone whether Buddhist or not regardless of nationality, age or gender.
Kadampas are people who take Buddha’s teachings as personal advice and put it into practice. Kadampa Buddhism is modern Buddhism. Everyone, from all walks of life can integrate these teachings into their daily life. Through putting Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion into practice, we can accomplish the real meaning of our human life.
The New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centres founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in 1991 to offer the practical wisdom of Kadampa Buddhism to the people of our modern world. The purpose of the NKT-IKBU is to increase the Buddhist faith throughout the world. It is an entirely independent Buddhist tradition that has no political affiliations.
There are over 1200 Kadampa Centres and groups around the world in 40 countries.
Find out more information at kadampa.org