The Founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India over 2,500 years ago. Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and that all of our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states of mind. He taught various methods of meditation and spiritual practice for gradually overcoming negative states of mind such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and for developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom. Through this, we will come to experience lasting peace and happiness.
These methods work for anyone, in any country, at any age. Once we have gained experience of them for ourselves, we can pass them onto others so they, too, can enjoy the same benefits. 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–International Kadampa Buddhist Union (NKT-IKBU) is an international association of Mahayana Buddhist study and meditation centers founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche to offer the practical wisdom of Kadampa Buddhism to the people of the modern world.
It is an entirely independent Buddhist tradition with no political affiliations. It follows a pure tradition of Mahayana Buddhism handed down in an unbroken lineage from Buddha Shakyamuni through to the ancient Kadampa teachers Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa and introduced into the West by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
With over 1,300 centers and branches worldwide in 45 countries, our rapidly-growing tradition is an international spiritual community, offering support, inspiration and encouragement for this joyful and profound spiritual path.