The New Kadampa Tradition-International Buddhist Union is a thriving association of Buddhist centres throughout the world that are dedicated to the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism as taught by the fully qualified meditation master Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Kadampa Buddhism is a Mahayana Buddhist school founded by the great Indian Master Atisha (982-1054 AD) and later re-energised by the great Tibetan scholar Je Tsongkhapa. The instructions taught in this school have an unbroken lineage that stretches back to Atisha and Buddha Shakyamuni. It is a profound spiritual path based on a wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings.
Kadampa Temples and Centres for World Peace provide places of peace and refuge in a troubled world. Buddha’s teachings are suitable for everyone and can be incorporated into even the busiest of modern lives.
The New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) runs a vast programme of meditation classes, weekend courses and festivals that are open to all. Modern Day Kadampas include monks, nuns, experienced teachers, people who live at centres full-time, regular students and occasional visitors to centres and classes. This variety demonstrates how the Dharma possesses relevance and resonance for anyone regardless of age, gender, culture or race.
The NKT – IKBU is an entirely independent Buddhist organisation with no political affiliations. It is an international non-profit charity registered in the UK.