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 and negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and 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 practicing 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.
The New Kadampa Tradition
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 to offer the practical wisdom of Kadampa Buddhism to the people of the modern world.
The NKT follows the pure tradition of Mahayana Buddhism handed down in an unbroken lineage from Buddha Shakyamuni through the ancient Kadampa teachers Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa. This tradition was introduced to the West by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Rapidly growing, our Kadampa community is an international family, offering support, inspiration and encouragement for this joyful and profound spiritual path at centres around the world. For more information please see the main Kadampa website.